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Marlin Sportster, Cabrio, Berlinetta and Roadster builds Enthused or Confused about your vintage Marlin build? Ask away here or show off your build.

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Old 25th June 2015, 12:04
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I'm looking at getting new wheels for Vikki, after discovering that several of my BBS wheels are more oval than round. :/

I"m looking at all options... Nothing has been discounted yet, but current front runners are these:

http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/dbw.html

Mainly down to the fact that they look like wires and Image can build them to fit the same wheel dimensions as I have now (7J, ET24, PCD 4x100). I'm also looking at these:

http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/dm.html
http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/BMA.html

They're pricey... But they will fit.

I'd really like wire wheels, but they get ludicrously expensive (According to the MWS website), especially as I'd look to buy new ones to ensure they're round and the spokes where ok.

And I'm none the wiser that they'd fit without messing with the body work, as I'd need adaptors (125 per corner - Orson Engineering), which surely will push the wheels out from the hub... And hence out from under the cycle wing depending on the offset and spacing. It's very confusing. :S

I sent this to Orson (http://www.orson-equipment.co.uk/Splined-Hubs)

http://greatoldone.squarespace.com/s...%20diagram.pdf

I'm open to other suggestions...

Jaso
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Old 25th June 2015, 12:29
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I'm looking at getting new wheels for Vikki, after discovering that several of my BBS wheels are more oval than round. :/

I"m looking at all options... Nothing has been discounted yet, but current front runners are these:

http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/dbw.html

Mainly down to the fact that they look like wires and Image can build them to fit the same wheel dimensions as I have now (7J, ET24, PCD 4x100). I'm also looking at these:

http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/dm.html
http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/BMA.html

They're pricey... But they will fit.

I'd really like wire wheels, but they get ludicrously expensive (According to the MWS website), especially as I'd look to buy new ones to ensure they're round and the spokes where ok.

And I'm none the wiser that they'd fit without messing with the body work, as I'd need adaptors (125 per corner - Orson Engineering), which surely will push the wheels out from the hub... And hence out from under the cycle wing depending on the offset and spacing. It's very confusing. :S

I sent this to Orson (http://www.orson-equipment.co.uk/Splined-Hubs)

http://greatoldone.squarespace.com/s...%20diagram.pdf

I'm open to other suggestions...

Jaso
You have to be a bit wary of the unsprung weight with wire wheels. By the time you add the adapter they can end up very heavy. (Some adapters are rather - err - chunky).

Wires do look good though :-) I have 19" wires on my new project. Tyres are only 4" wide though - haha.

I don't wish to hijack this thread but - Jason - I don't know if you have been following my thread about the missfire. I wondered if you had had any problems with fuel vapourisation?

Cheers, Robin

PS - I think you first choice looks best http://www.imagewheels.co.uk/large_wheel_pages/dbw.html. At first glance they loo exactly like wire wheels - but without some of the disadvantages.
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Hi Robin,

Yes, they're my favourites as well. And the Minister for Finance & War likes them as well...

No - no fuel vapour issues on Vikki. I'll just mosey over to your thread and read it again. I'm waiting for an MOT on the Golf, so it'll give me something to do.
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My vote would be for the first link as well, though I think they would need to be painted in shadow chrome or something like that rather than plain silver to get the right effect of a wire wheel. I'm not sure about the fake knock on hub cover things though. In that photo they seem a little out of proportion (too large).
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When they eventually ring me back so I can pay for them, I'm going for the DBW wheels. I'll have a spinner, but a two eared aston / jag / morgan style one.

I have to ask about the finish. According to their website, they only do the following:

SILVER
GOLD
ANTHRACITE
GLOSS BLACK
MATT BLACK
POST OFFICE RED
GLOSS WHITE
ORANGE
BRITISH RACING GREEN
YELLOW
GREY PRIMER
CHROME PAINT (Extra)

I'll ask if they can do the shadow / black / smoke chrome (it's what my current wheels are done in)... But if they can't, I was thinking anthracite.
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Update:

Just off the phone with them. I'm getting them in graphite powder coat (which is their dark shiny finish - but isn't on their list), with the two ear spinners.

They're also going to polish the outer lip / rim so it's shiny, to give the look of a wire wheel I've seen fitted to some Morgans (dark spokes & hub, stainless rim, chrome spinner)

I'm now going to lay down in a darkened room and try and get over the stabbing pain I'm feeling in my wallet.
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I think the two eared spinners will look much better, a bit like an e-type. Those three eared ones remind me of the ones you see on Halibrand wheels fitted to American muscle cars, not at all appropriate for a British style sports car.
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They finally arrived!

http://www.greatoldone.co.uk/blog/20...eet-again.html

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Very Nice but blinkin' eck they took a long time to be built!
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You're telling me... The other half got so worried she started doing company & credit searches on them. She was convinced they'd folded.
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I must say - it looks beautiful - very nice - indeed...Good work in this case!! class
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