So are these permanent wheels or are you going to switch them in 2 weeks?
18x8.5 et38 square.
15mm front adapters, 25mm rear adapters
Falken 912 215/40/18
Here's a huge picture dump though:
Caleb's shop and his car on the rack:
We started the morning by yanking off the CHs from Caleb's car, and dismounting the existing tires on the RSIIs to flip the two sets. (Loud air whoosing noises)
A Humvee with a malfunctioning tire filling system:
I dismounted the damaged Rotiform from my original set as Caleb watched over me:
More of Caleb doing his thing:
Special adapter for filling RSIIs through the hidden valve stem:
I then rethreaded Caleb's damaged front hubs, and worked my way around the car, chasing each hole before installing his studs:
Caleb then started to balance all the wheels (like a sir)
Giant tire sticker ball:
Super fancy balancer at work:
We then ran into a problem. We had planned on buying new bolts to attach the 25mm reat adapters that Nik was giving me to my rear hubs. However, since the height of the bolts has to fit within the adapter, it was impossible to find a set. So I had to return to Nik's place to pull off his blades, adapters, and the mini studs required to fit my adapters. It was about 105* out and I was dying, but I got it done. Only took one picture there:
Studs installed back at the shop on my car:
25mm rear adapter ready to go on:
Shiny new 42DD adapter on:
Me being super happy:
Caleb also noticed my tie rod ends were pretty shot, so we ordered up a pair of Moog units which were at the shop within the hour. They are super nice and feature a nipple for adding grease to the end while installed:
Greasing the end:
Final wheel installation:
Caleb then went into wizard mode and alligned my car like a complete boss. We also discovered my rear toe shims were pretty un-necessary, so they will come bacj out soon.
Finally, we cranked the back of my car up about an inch. With the load of three wheels and two tires to bring home, I needed the extra clearance. My rears also now poke 3mm more per side, and would've melted the crap out of my paint. I am actually pretty happy with the loaded height, and i'll probably only spin it about half way back to the original height, and keep the 25mm adapters that I had originally planned to swap. The poke is nice and at this height there is no rub
We then finished up, torqued everything down, and I made the 100 mile drive back to Ian's place where I will stay the night before heading the last hour home. The car felt amazing the whole way, and Caleb's careful balancing has resulted in a smoother ride than any other point since I have owned the car. I am super super happy with it
In terms of wheels moving forward, I will probably be refinishing the RSIIs in the next few weeks. I won't be doing anything too fancy, probably just sand blast them in my booth and rattle can them. I am a large fan of the white though and plan on keeping it around. I also need to find an allen head bolt to replace the one we used to plug the old valve stem on the wheel where it was damaged.
Overall, I am very happy with the RSIIs and plan on running them for a long while Overall a great few days.
A huge thanks to Caleb, Nik, and the management at Radial Tire Service for their huge help in getting my car to the point it is at now safely and quickly. The shop was top notch and I plan on making the trip up again soon for such awesome work
Mandatory Whore Thread
Matigg Trunk Blend (Need to go get paint and clear)
Secret Things from Germany
A few mores shots I took this morning:
I also went to a specialty hardware store and found a pretty bolt to replace the ugly one we had in the valve stem location. The difference is barely noticeable.
Selling an extra set of adapters if anyone is interested:
Need custom body work done? Mold a lip to bumper, shave rubstrip, euro trunk, shave fenders, and lots more? shoot me a text 916-628-9716
The new wheels look really nice. I would keep them white over gold.
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White would look better if u polished the Lip. As with the BBS, gold, that would look nice
is it ok if i whore my car in ur build thread too Im JK.. Maybe.
So glad to finally see rsiis done right I've always loved the style, do you still have your front sway bar on?
Jetta is looking really nice Zach!
"complaining is silly, either act or forget."
MKII GTI build: