Well I guess Ill start off with a little background. I'm Ben, I'm one of those mkv kids everyone seems to hate haha. I drive a candy white 09 GTI on air and on prima donna themed BBS Rs's. I'm building a set of 5x114.3 BBS RS's 16 x 7/8 ET 45 all around.
Now lets get a few things straight, 16 inch wheels are too small for a mkv, I am aware of this. I already have a finished set of wheels on my car I am very happy with. I purchased this set strategically. I have been known to be a bit of a wheel whore in the past. I do not want to build a set I would want to run. The 45 offset is perfect because I intend on selling them. the 45 allows for some play for spacers / adapters, being sure that the wheels are not limited due to restricted offset. I am also not building this set to make any money, however, I do hope to sell them and I will be happy if I break even. In the past I have disassembled and reassembled a RS that was giving me issues with leaking. I got it fixed but it was not pretty haha. I plan on building this set being detailed, both in the build process and in my work. One other reason I'm doing this is I have the next month off from school for winter intersession, and I need something to keep my hands busy. Like I said I'm familiar with the process and have read more then enough on the topic. I know most of the questions people ask and will try to cover most of the topics and tactics in this build
I would like the end result to be a set of pristine wheels with a minimal amount of flaws. currently 16 x 7/8, hoping to end with 16 x 8/9 (something to keep in mind if you think you would be interested) I plan on disasembeling these wheels paying attention to detail and taking my time (like I said i have over a month) Once taken apart I plan on cleaning each piece to it's best condition and removing all sealant, thread-lock, rubber yata yata..I will be stripping the barrels and painting them. I plan on stripping, sanding and polishing all the lips to a mirror shine. The bolts will be cleaned thoroughly, then tumbled to a shine. Once clean I will re-polish the heads to ensure perfection. a similar plan awaits the Hex's. They will be stripped of all clear coat, sanded and polished. I will be ordering brand new center caps. These will be chosen when the time comes based on how the center of the wheel is finished. I then plan on making the 8's the front wheel and ordering new lips for the 7's to make them 9's outback. As for the reassembly and sealing. I plan on being sure they hold air over time. I don't plan on spending all the time and hard work to hand to project off incomplete to someone else..
Keep in mind this set is not for my car and will be up for sale upon completion, contact me if interested (especialy if your interested in the color / finish on the centers). Tell your friends, WHATEVER.
Well here they are...
Here is the visible damage on the majority of the wheels:
-Pealing clear-coat / minor rash on one wheel (not pictured)
-Pealing clear coat / scratches on the Hex's
The wheels have most of the damage you would expect to see on a set they're age. Good news is the barrels are straight as an arrow
-Some of the materials
-Centers disassembled. Two of the center caps have small cracks, I will probably end up getting another set. (something to consider if you are interested in these wheels as the build goes on)
Before I picked up the set I had a set of polished RS bolts sitting around the house. The plan was to put those in the wheels when it came time for reassembly. Upon inspection of the current bolts, they are already pretty shiny. In the end I will be using the set that is most lusterous, not mixing and matching the cleanest ones.
Let them sit in a Coke / vinegar combo to get the majority of gunk off... worked much better then I thought it would.
Had to use this brush to remove the majority of the old sealant and thread lock.
The next step was to get them as polished as possible. Starting with a bath in my media tumbler.
I then went and hand polished all the tips.
Poor photography skills and flash mask the true shine, but for the most part flawless.
Couple hours, 5 sprites, a few hours of primetime cable and some lunch.. I finished them all. Tedious but rewarding.
This picture shows what one of the seals looks like. This wheel was reassembled by the previous owner. Must have been the first one in his process as he was testing the waters because to say there was excessive sealant and thread-lock is an understatement (not to discredit him in anyway, my first set one was probably worse then this.
Today is Dec. 11 and I plan on doing the rest of the posts from here on in response form, so read on
tomorrow is another day..
Ps leave feadback and as I've stated about five times now if you are interested in these wheels at any point along the build process contact me. You can follow the progression and have a say in the build and if we make arangments you can have a say in the color/finish/outcome. As I stated I'm not planning on selling these to many any cash and all expenditures will be documented and evident in the end outcome of these wheels. I would love to take my time building a set of sweet Rs's and then see them rolling around Ocean City this summer