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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Luke » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:38 pm

i went for the longest studs using the theory once fitted i could either chop them or buy the correct ones and there would be no measuring mistakes :lol: but once id got my alloys on they were pritty much ok - but mine will be a lot thicker than yours :D

another thing to check (have we mentioned it) is where the new holes are in the brake drum :idea:
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Luke » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:40 pm

Haxman wrote: :lol: Who worries about cost in this day and age hey - EEK!! I'll knock some pics up on photoshop and tell you ive had it done then :wink: :lol:
problem is you do that it'll look so good you'll convince yourself to spend :lol:
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Haxman » Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:59 pm

Luke wrote:another thing to check (have we mentioned it) is where the new holes are in the brake drum

The brake drum holes wouldnt be a problem. plenty of space for them i recon :)

Luke wrote: Who worries about cost in this day and age hey - EEK!! I'll knock some pics up on photoshop and tell you ive had it done then
problem is you do that it'll look so good you'll convince yourself to spend

Ha ha well you're probably right, Shame the wheels arent mint really, got to wonder if its worth the effort! Suppose slighty grubby wheels matches the slightly grubby van though :lol:

Well update time: (Luke you're gonna kill me!) The other day I decided to take my rear set up to a machine shop and get the hubs, half shaft and drum redrilled and machined. I know a chap who runs the shop floor of a steel fabricators local to me, I get a few bit there every now and again for work and he gives me very good cash prices :) so I thought I'd start with ringing him, He's more then happy to help with anything I put his was however he said they dont have a lathe or milling facilities!! Bugger! (They mainly deal in RSJ and structual building works) So I thought I'd go visit my mate who runs a farm hardware/iron monger type garage just out of town, (He also builds stock cars in a shed out the back :D ) He's got a few machines and he does a bit, but he looked at what I wanted doing and suggested a specialist wheel company to me not far away, who cut out the middle of wheels and weld them into other wheels, refurb and build all sorts of wheels etc. He said he had a hub redrilled by then once, and that they've got a clever 5 chuck head drill thing which you center up, set to the right pcd and hey presto! Sounds good! So I went to hunt them down, showed them my bits and pieces, and they scratched their heads a bit, and then had a look at the wheel. Took a few measurements and reconed I'd get away with redrilling the wheel!!!! Although its gonna be very close to the edge of the mounting ring they recon I'll just get away with it and it'll be fine! I couldnt quite believe it after all this time but there we go. Well they've got the wheels now, and im supposedly picking them up tomorrow morning. I'll take a pick to let you see how the drillings gone. They're doing it for £15 a wheel which Im fine with, yeah I could prob do it myself but for what its worth and the time involved...

This solves my spare wheel issue and means it can go back to standard easily, and its by for the cheapest solution, however I felt a little disapointed not to try out everything we've discussed and figured out on here the last few weeks :(
Anyways in summery I'm pretty sure it would have all worked had I redrilled the way we discused. Standard transit rear hubs and front hubs could be redrilled to a 140pcd so be it with a little messing around.

Im looking forward to picking my wheels up tomorrow :) Im having my rear seat/bed cushions recovered and my replacement bonnet sprayed this week too :D
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Luke » Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:04 pm

nice one mate 8) look forward to the pics of them on 8)

and they'll be on for the wedding too :?: :lol:
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Haxman » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:20 pm

Well, last week I fitted my new chrome whels on to the rear, they fitted straight on now they've been redrilled and are just on the inside of the arches too :) I had to counterbore the front hubs as the wheels centers didnt quite clear the retaining bolts and sat on them instead of being flush on the hub.

Counterbored hub and new bolts

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Fitted

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Wheel on :D You can just see the new retaining bolts

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Sticks out past arches slightly but nothing to be concerned about

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As you can see, couldn't have fitted the rear wheels using stud adaptors as the arches would have been resting on the wheel tops :?
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Luke » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:45 pm

love it 8) 8) 8)

also good how the wheels cover the c/s bolts just incase they come loose they wont come all the way out (like they do on my wellers) :D
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby mavis cruet » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:08 pm

top topic guys, usefull stuff and glad it all turned out well, even if it was the simplest route !!!!! improoves the van no end.
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Haxman » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:16 pm

Thanks very much, Im really glad someone finds it usefull, Luke has been a real help :D A good clean and the new wheels tidyed up my van loads, am well pleased!
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby chrisvmax » Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:51 pm

Those wheels look cool mate. 8) 8)
I've got a twin wheeler... I think my choices are a bit limited for nice wheels :(

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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Gunslinger » Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:59 pm

chrisvmax wrote:I've got a twin wheeler... I think my choices are a bit limited for nice wheels :(
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yup :( not really many options around thats for sure
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Haxman » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:40 am

chrisvmax wrote:Those wheels look cool mate.

Thanks Chris Im really happy with them :D

I've got a twin wheeler... I think my choices are a bit limited for nice wheels

You'll just have to get another transit as well then, a single wheeler to park next to the twin...
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby transerbia » Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:55 am

Now with such a nice wheels you have to swap a V8 engine! :wink:
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Haxman » Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:04 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: But I would be able to afford to drive it then!
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby bron y aur » Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:33 pm

:D Nice van Hax, dont use abrasive polish on those wheels tho :)
i started with nothing, still have most of it left
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Re: Wheel Change...

Postby Haxman » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:46 pm

Thanks bron y aur!

The whels are actually lacquered, but the lacquer is flaking off in a few places. Does anyone have any tips for removing lacquer so I can redo them?
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