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    I forgot about the new coilovers. Your car will really handle well!
     
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    The adapters? No...they do have a little bit of weight to them, though.
     
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    The wheels :)
     
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    Oh! No, I did not :(
     
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    I've got a 355 with terrible wheels. I want to find some used stock wheels or something sedate like a BBS. Help! Nothing oversize please.
     
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    I may have a set of basically brand new Speedlines modular coming available if your still looking. They have been checked for factory markings and indeed are genuine. Currently mounted on a sub 1500 mile Conti.
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    Chrome or polished?
     
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    I believe he's referring to the Speedlines modular on the car in chrome?
     
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    Right. Pic is a little low rez so I’m confirming they’re chrome.
     
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    Ohhhhh those are 90's chrome alright. Not a bad look actually, the chrome, very period if that's what one is after.
     
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    Shame.
     
  15. pgh_mrs

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    Hi there, new here, same issue, looking for a good replacement for my oem wheels which do look amazing but approach 30 years so a bit concerned about safety. I was really looking forward to see these custom made wheels, was it "Dan"? And the black HREs on the respective cars. Any chance you guys can post pics of the wheels mounted? That would be great to see
     
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    Can you elaborate?
     
  17. ChoonHound

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    I imagine he’s worried about 30 year old magnesium.
     
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    That's right, I bought the car used in '17, it had 2 previous owners, so far all good but paint on wheels coming off at a few areas where there are tiny scratches. It has been suggested to have the wheels repainted and examined by my workshop. I may still do that but if I do I wanted to make sure integrity of the wheels still there. I have researched but haven't found a place that can xray an entire wheel so safety would still just rely on eye examination.
    Figured might as well just buy new wheels and store the originals, probably feel safer that way.

    Talking about safety, has anyone heard of this Australian retailer "Geniepowered" - see link below - they seem to be able to sell new aftermarket wheels in the original design. Price looks too good and I rather buy from a manufacturer that has a reputation to loose but made me wonder why no one else does do forged copies of the originals:

    https://geniepowered.com.au/wheels/vintage/vt206/
     
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    Again, what is the worry, exactly? I have a 54 year old 911 whose crankcase, chain boxes, valve covers, and gearbox housings are made out of magnesium. They get a lot more stress and heat cycling than rims and they're fine. I've never heard a single example of a 355 rim cracking due to age. (What exactly happens when a magnesium casting turns 30? I'd love to know the metallurgy here)

    I think some people need problems to find solutions for.
     
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    Corrosion due to the substrate open to the air (chipped paint) and cracks due to impacts. These would be my guesses. I’ve never owned mag wheels.


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    Cracks due to impacts is not age-related and applies to every rim on the road. And corrosion is not a real concern, unless you've got deep scratches in your rims and you're driving your 355 through the salted winter roads for decades. The cooling fan of an early 911 is raw magnesium. Not painted or coated in any way. And it's very, very rare to hear of them breaking.

    Again, this is a make-believe problem.
     
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    Magnesium wheels are definitely problematic, but can be dealt with. But you need to know what you're doing.

    You are right - nothing happens to magnesium due to age alone, if it is properly sealed.

    They can get corrosion due to chips in the paint, balance weights, or normal wear and tear of the inner bore from mounting. I have also seen wheels where there were large areas that looked OK but were "rotten" when subjected to Dye Penetration testing. This was not on a 355 wheel but a much older, sand cast Campagnolo wheel ("Elektron" alloy) which basically had a raw finish. The 355 wheels seems really well made and maybe their alloy is different and doesn't suffer the same corrosion?

    If they need to be repainted, they should be done by someone familiar with them. They can be gently sanded and painted, but if you go through the coating between the paint and the magnesium, you will need to completely strip them and have this coating re-done to prevent corrosion. I think the most common coating is "Dow 7" but there are others that properly treat the magnesium prior to painting. This is a chemical process that forms a hard outer layer on the magnesium that can then be painted over.

    If they are bent or cracked - I am really not familiar with what can be done to repair them? I would like to know, as I have 2 cracked front wheels, which were repaired with urethane sealant by the PO. Even though they balanced perfectly I wasn't comfortable running them and this is why there is a set of HRE wheels on my car.
     
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    No, of course not. But 30 years offers a lot of opportunities to whack a rim.
     

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