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    Default Aussie wheel tech/discussions

    Don't know if it's unnecessary but I thought I'd start a separate thread for us to discuss everything relating to wheels, whether it be our own or just stuff we like. Polishing, painting, repairs, bolts, etc. Should make it easier for us to find the info in the future instead of searching through the random thread.

    I just got my 7.5" Ewings back from polishing last week, these are the ones that were sandblasted (lips included) so I'm really happy with how they came out.



    Next thing I have to do is polish the star outline on the face. In the past I have used a sanding block and done it by hand, but I'm thinking since it's a flat area could I use an electric sander? Has anyone used one before on wheels? I'm talking about a flat one, not the round orbital ones. Just thinking that doing it by hand might take ages since it's a sandblasted finish.

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    Can work but it wouldn't trust it on the edge's.

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    Why's that? Do you think it'll be too strong?

    I'll have the lips all taped up, will that dull the finish?

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    If you keep the sander completely flat should be ok. You don't want the sander to round the edge's.

    What grit paper will you use.?

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    I have pretty much everything from 120 - 2000, might have used up a few sheets over the years so I could be missing a couple of grits.

    Since they're sandblasted I'd imagine I'd have to start really rough. Maybe I just do the initial few grits by machine and the rest by hand?

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    couldn't you pull the front lips off? (doesn't look bolted in) or were the two lips rewelded again

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    They're welded from factory, faces are sandwich mounted, can't take them out

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    stick to doing it by hand man, seen a few people try an electric sander/orbital and it hasnt ended well
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    They look mint, how come you weren't able to get the shop to polish the star outline as well?

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    Not too sure, really. I'm used to doing everything myself, this is the first time I've had a pair of lips polished. I probably should have but the guy was taking ages so I just wanted to get them back asap. I could get a mate of mine to throw them on the mill and surface them?

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    While you could probably get away with using an electric sander, one little lapse in concentration and you could end up ruining something. If you're hand sanding, the stuff up will be much less noticeable.
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    Yeah all dependent on you, if you can avoid touching the lip and stay flat, then go for the electric sander. Extra insurance, tape up lip twice over as well as the indented parts of the centre.

    Wheels look good btw!

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    honestly, tape the shit out of the lips, and do it by hand with a block. tape the raw centers too.... and wet rub it, dry will clog the paper too fast.
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    is it possible to make a set of 16s to a set of 15s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey View Post
    is it possible to make a set of 16s to a set of 15s?
    Depends what they are
    Sarcasm is easily calculated on vortex dude. Take 4 parts GLI lip and divide by BBS RS. If you are left with a remainder, subtract it from omgmoarlow. Profit.

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    has that ever been done before????

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    It could be done depending on what the size the face of the wheel is, right?
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    I am really broke with far too many ideas.

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    Yep.
    Ryans modenas are a good example. same face uses different lips to either create 16s or 17s.
    Comes down to the design
    Sarcasm is easily calculated on vortex dude. Take 4 parts GLI lip and divide by BBS RS. If you are left with a remainder, subtract it from omgmoarlow. Profit.

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    ah okay, id love for my chromies to be 15s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey View Post
    ah okay, id love for my chromies to be 15s
    The Leadsleds?


    I am really broke with far too many ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    The Leadsleds?
    they arent leadsleds, but yeah, those ones.

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    Best methods for cleaning bolts before polishing? I've tried all the cola, vinegar and stuff before. Didn't seem to do much. Anyone got a sweet method that works well?

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    Is there anywhere in Australia that specialises things like cutting or milling away lips and/or barrels on multi piece welded wheels?


    I am really broke with far too many ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony--t View Post
    Best methods for cleaning bolts before polishing? I've tried all the cola, vinegar and stuff before. Didn't seem to do much. Anyone got a sweet method that works well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    Is there anywhere in Australia that specialises things like cutting or milling away lips and/or barrels on multi piece welded wheels?
    Try - Wheel Solutions or Neway Wheels.

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    doing a set of 17" zauber monoblocks that i picked up with tyres for $200 in jan haha

    here's how the bolts came out, i left them in coke for like 3 weeks and it got most of the shit off them, then borrowed a tumbler off someone and left em in for about 90 mins, came out great for ~25yo bolts.

    i've split them all and stripped most of the paint on 2 of the centres but i don't really have much time to finish them myself, being at college of law and so on... so the centres and outer lips are gonna be refurbed at a shop, going with full polished lips n centres







    OZ futuras that i did myself (also purchased for a stupidly low price, less than 1k and they're 18" lol) refurbed the outer lips and bolts myself, got the centres and inner barrels powdercoated, u probably seen them before, currently on my cl9






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