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Old 05-02-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Banded steel wheels

Guys im in south wales, does anyone know if anyone can sort out some wheels to be banded, i want to get my bug that wider stance front and back, any ideas, cheers
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Why not get some wider steel rims and weld them onto the original centres? It will be cheaper and safer and you can choose the offset you want.
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you could try here...

www.alonzecustom.co.uk

This is where I had mine done... Really pleased with the quality... They post too

Alternatively like suggested above you could try this...

https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthr...ghlight=banded
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you could try here...

www.alonzecustom.co.uk

This is where I had mine done... Really pleased with the quality... They post too

Alternatively like suggested above you could try this...

https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthr...ghlight=banded
50/wheel for 15" banding!!! It would be far cheaper to have a proper safe job done by welding the new rims on the original centres.
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50/wheel for 15" banding!!! It would be far cheaper to have a proper safe job done by welding the new rims on the original centres.
Yeah you are probably right but It's his choice though and he did ask where to get them banded... I also provided a link to a guy that offers the service you suggested
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Reading between the lines the fella offering to re-rim is using used rims from other cars to fit to the original centres, very wise too.
That's going to mean that up to 7" isn't too difficult but as I have found steel 15" wheels wider than 7" don't seem to be commonly available on production cars (I haven't found any at all so far).

What width are you wanting?

If its up to 7" then definitely go for a re-rim, anyone who does banding well should be able to do a good job of that with half of the work. It should be a cheap option if you can provide donor wheels for the centres and for the rims.
Alternatively I would think that loads of small engineering companies could do it, they need a good welder and also an appreciation of alignment and measuring.

Someone at home with a low power hobby MIG and little experience should definitely not be attempting it.

The nearest thing I have done is move the centre of a Merc wheel over to change the offset to make a spare for my rail, re-rimming would be much the same task and in my opinion is easy and if done well its safe.
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Probably a pointless question - does anyone know anyone making or importing rims?
I would definitely be interested in some to re-rim some centres and I can imagine a lot of other people would be too as an alternative to banding.
I'll have some 8x15 or 8x16 please.
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Probably a pointless question - does anyone know anyone making or importing rims?
I would definitely be interested in some to re-rim some centres and I can imagine a lot of other people would be too as an alternative to banding.
I'll have some 8x15 or 8x16 please.
Matt Lee at Mach 5 was the only one I knew of that offered the re-rimming or indeed custom steel wheels because he spun his own steel rims. Mach 5 rims have a superb rep in 4x4 competition and off-road world. Unfortunately, Matt is now concentrating on producing his own alloys for off-road competition, its a sad loss to the rest of us though. I wonder who bought Matt's spinning lathes?

IIRC there are some plant suppliers/specialist ATVs that use 15" rims with very wide sections so there may be an opportunity of using them as a source.
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Its a real shame to hear that.
There are plenty of metal spinning companies around but they are no use unless someone wants to draw up rims, specifying every detail including material.

I suppose there might be a business opportunity there for someone with the right knowledge to draw up whatever people might require, manage the manufacture by a spinning company, and refit the centres properly.

Not too big an outlay as you are paying for hourly rate for the spinning machine rather than buying one and having to keep it busy to pay for it.

I don't know how much trade there would be for a business like that, maybe ideal for someone well into the car scene and already doing fabrication.
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It seems that some spinners might have already spotted the market
http://www.sapphirespinningltd.co.uk/products.html
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