Wheels are shot

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Lynnzer
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Wheels are shot

Post by Lynnzer »

My wheels are completely knackered after many run-ins with high granite curbs and the occasional bump over them. I've been to a specialist repairer but he says they are way too bad.
So, cost of new ones is steep but can't keep on with my existing ones as they are shot to the extent of not having a good tyre seal and a resultant air loss.
Has anyone got ideas on other tyre brands that may be a decent price? My wheel size is 18" but what else do I need to know when searching for replacements, ie positioning of wheel bolts etc?

Gibbo2286
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Re: Wheels are shot

Post by Gibbo2286 »

Main dealers often fit alloys for new car customers then dispose of the steels removed for whatever they can get for them so if you're not fussed about using steel wheels it might be worth shopping around the dealers.

I have, on a couple of occasions, bought steel wheels complete with delivery mileage new tyres from such companies, kept the tyres and sold on the wheels on ebay.

Lynnzer
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Re: Wheels are shot

Post by Lynnzer »

Well I found some lovely alloys on Alibaba at less than £75 each direct from the factory. Problem is that the total cost came out to around £475 as the carriage charges bumped things up a lot. Add on import duty and VAT and it's a no-go.
However, I have ordered some vinyl wrap to do the spoke faces in 3d high gloss white and the spoke edging in 3d carbon fibre. Video clip shows how to do it but as a single colour.



I might have to fill the deeper scuffs with something before application of the wrap. To finish it off I also ordered some rim protectors that will hide the rim scuffs.
It'll take some time for these things to come from China but when they do and I have had time to use them I'll post back.