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      03-19-2012 04:18 PM #1001
      Like said - no worries

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      03-19-2012 05:20 PM #1002
      Started sanding the wheels! One wheel down three to go. I have class today and then gonna watch the Australian GP with a friend. I sadly already know who won, stupid internet spoilers that I read by accident. But I still look forward to watching the race! So the rest of the wheels will have to wait till tomorrow



      Wet sanded with 400. Took me about 2 hours including cleaning the wheel. I sanded the outside, and the inside barrel of the wheel.

      Will paint tomorrow or Wednesday depending on how much effort my hands can take with the sanding. I may go to harbor freight and pick up a small sander to help me out.

      During sanding.

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      03-19-2012 05:32 PM #1003
      Quote Originally Posted by AllThingsGhetto View Post
      Did some slicing and dicing on the rear bumper, tabs, and fender lining. Also sliced a little of my hand too. After all the blood, sweat, and tears I can now ride lower and I won't rub. When I air out, the bumper doesn't bow out anymore.


      Added half a quart of oil
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      It need to go to get fixed and paint the rear valence but im dreading having to drive around in a rental
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      03-19-2012 06:01 PM #1004
      ^^^ Boo to a rental. On a lighter note, Wuste is booked! I can't wait.
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      03-19-2012 07:42 PM #1005
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir Ville View Post
      http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...39108347_n.jpg

      Well - i´ve been an MX rider/racer nearly all my life untill last September when a huge crash left me paralyzed from waist down. So i´m wheelchair bound = manually operated throttle/brake needed. That´s what..
      I know a friend who has a different set up than yours which alos seems more enjoyable to drive. His acceleration thingy goes around the steering wheel and when you grab/pull it accelerates.
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    6. 03-19-2012 07:50 PM #1006
      uea ubera3 has wheelchair made out of titanium

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      03-20-2012 02:03 AM #1007
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir Ville View Post
      http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...39108347_n.jpg

      Well - i´ve been an MX rider/racer nearly all my life untill last September when a huge crash left me paralyzed from waist down. So i´m wheelchair bound = manually operated throttle/brake needed. That´s what..
      a little off topic...but something I stumbled upon today.

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      03-20-2012 03:57 AM #1008
      Quote Originally Posted by jowsley0923 View Post
      a little off topic...but something I stumbled upon today.
      Although off topic but :Seen, tested and me like! My wife thought i should have one so i can help her around in the kitchen. That alone made me NOT want to get one...
      Last edited by Sir Ville; 03-20-2012 at 04:19 AM.

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      03-20-2012 04:03 AM #1009
      Quote Originally Posted by tp. View Post
      uea ubera3 has wheelchair made out of titanium
      ... and so have i. Mine is made out of Ti and Carbon fiber. Waiting for another wheelchair made entirely out of CF = weighs 9.7 lbs. with wheels = the lightest wheelchair made.
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      03-20-2012 04:08 AM #1010
      Quote Originally Posted by mkim View Post
      I know a friend who has a different set up than yours which alos seems more enjoyable to drive. His acceleration thingy goes around the steering wheel and when you grab/pull it accelerates.
      I tried that configuration along with four other solutions but i liked the push forward for brake/flick your wrist (or pull back) for throttle most. I have the cruise control & blinkers switches mounted on the "knob" as well to make things easier.

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      03-20-2012 04:20 AM #1011
      Quote Originally Posted by cldub View Post
      What condition are those wheels in? Because I would suggest sanding more than just with 400, even if they aren't bad. You'd be surprised how well 400 grit sandpaper marks will show up
      The wheels were in excellent condition except for some curb rash that I got rid of. I figure with two coats of primer and two - three coats of paint and a coat or two of clear that 400 will be enough. I recently did my intake. It was bare metal and I painted it black. I used 400 on that and it looks badass and perfect!

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      03-20-2012 07:54 AM #1012
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir Ville View Post
      Although off topic but :Seen, tested and me like! My wife thought i should have one so i can help her around in the kitchen. That alone made me NOT want to get one...
      Good man!

      Quote Originally Posted by rebelxtnut View Post
      The wheels were in excellent condition except for some curb rash that I got rid of. I figure with two coats of primer and two - three coats of paint and a coat or two of clear that 400 will be enough. I recently did my intake. It was bare metal and I painted it black. I used 400 on that and it looks badass and perfect!
      Very well!

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      03-20-2012 09:00 AM #1013
      Quote Originally Posted by Evo V View Post
      Where in MA are you? I haven't seen any other A3's with RS3 wheels.
      Living in Hudson now and working in Marlborough...but moving soon (maybe to Maynard).

      I don't venture into Boston much, though.

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      03-20-2012 11:59 AM #1014
      Quote Originally Posted by greggmischenko View Post
      Living in Hudson now and working in Marlborough...but moving soon (maybe to Maynard).

      I don't venture into Boston much, though.
      I see. I don't go that way neither.

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      03-21-2012 01:08 AM #1015
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir Ville View Post


      Today ? Almost finished the install of the hand operated throttle/brake assembly.

      Very inspiring man. People amaze me.

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      03-21-2012 01:20 AM #1016
      (Woo page 30!)

      Decided a month or so ago to paint my wheels! All in all this is about 12-15 hours of labor. And about 175 dollars in supplies. (would have been cheaper if I already had a space heater)

      Wheels off!


      Supplies! I ended up buying two more cans of primer than are in this photo. I ended up using three cans of primer. Three cans of paint, and one can of the clear coat. Its always good to have extra. I also ended up needing another package of sand paper that isnt shown here


      The color I chose was the gold from the STI BBS's. The company I bought it from was Grimmspeed.


      Curb rash!


      And its gone! (note: not the same wheel as above, didnt get a photo of the after of that one)


      Sanding and cleaning!


      Shane helped me out today with the sanding and cleaning.


      Sanded! and clean!




      Keep the wind out, stupid open air garage


      Dont want any overspray on the car!


      Keeps the paint off the tires!


      Primer!


      Second coat and all done!


      First coat of gold!


      Done with the second coat!


      No photo for the 3rd coat of gold or the two coats of clear.

      Here are the wheels curing in my bathroom. I put a tiny space heater in there. Should be fully cured in 24-48 hours!!!
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      03-21-2012 06:09 AM #1017
      Quote Originally Posted by rebelxtnut View Post
      Decided a month or so ago to paint my wheels! All in all this is about 12-15 hours of labor.
      Looks good.

      I've done this to other vehicles myself and I'm surprised more people don't do it. It's cheap and my wheels turned out much better than I thought they would.

      I used PlastiKote wheel paint. As with painting anything, all the tough work was in the prep.

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      03-21-2012 07:59 AM #1018
      Nice work rebelxtnut
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      03-21-2012 09:01 AM #1019
      Looks crazy good! I might buy some beaters and create a spring project...I think gold would look so nice on lava grey.
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      03-21-2012 01:55 PM #1020
      Wheels are still curing in my bathroom. I could barely open the door as the heat expanded the wood! Its over 100 deg inside my bathroom!


      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      Nice work rebelxtnut
      Thanks It was alot of hard work!


      Quote Originally Posted by UTE View Post
      Looks good.

      I've done this to other vehicles myself and I'm surprised more people don't do it. It's cheap and my wheels turned out much better than I thought they would.

      I used PlastiKote wheel paint. As with painting anything, all the tough work was in the prep.

      Bill
      Exactly, the actual painting took about 3 hours. The prep work took over 10. I wanted to do it right. Some people just would do a quick sand and then paint em, but I went all out! My fingers do hurt quite a bit, but it was worth it.

      Quote Originally Posted by NBPT_A3 View Post
      Looks crazy good! I might buy some beaters and create a spring project...I think gold would look so nice on lava grey.
      Gold on grey would work very well. Gold goes with pretty much any color. Gold+black, gold+white, gold+red, gold+blue, ect.

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      03-22-2012 04:27 AM #1021
      gold+any color but needs a polished lip imo

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      03-22-2012 02:37 PM #1022
      They are on!!!!!!


    23. 03-22-2012 02:40 PM #1023
      i duno why gold always look good on white.

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      03-22-2012 02:42 PM #1024
      Looks good! You got a little overspray on the tires even with all the precautions you took. I think your calipers need to be a different color now, kinda clashes with the gold. black maybe?
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    25. 03-22-2012 03:24 PM #1025
      his calipers are stock un painted

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