wheel repair, and widening and narrowing
ok many times youve seen a custom set of wheels you like but they don,t come in the correct width for your application, or youve got great wheels but youve screwed one up and it needs repairs, sometimes you just want wider tires and your current wheels won,t fit that tire width correctly or youve seen some killer (ford, caddy,nissan ETC,) wheels but they don,t come in your ideal bolt pattern or width.
theres several shops that specialize in doing the necessary mods and reworked wheels can be just as strong or stronger than new wheels if the works done correctly....
BEFORE LOOKING INTO MODIFYING WHEELS DO AN EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH ON NEW WHEELS,THAT MAY WORK CORRECTLY, SIMPLY BECAUSE THE AVERAGE COST, OF MODIFICATIONS TENDS TO RUN BETWEEN $125-$200 PLUS PER WHEEL,(IVE SEEN STOCKCAR STEEL WHEELS DONE FOR UNDER $70 EACH) and VERIFY THAT THE TIRES AND BRAKES YOU WANT ARE AVAILABLE AND WILL FIT THE NEW RIM SIZE
I had a dana 60 rear differential from a PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA installed in my CORVETTE , the bolt pattern was differant and I wanted disc brakes that would not fit the 15" drum brake MOPAR wheels that looked crappy anyway, and 17" wheels were not even an option in the 1970s on CUDAs
so if I wanted matching 11" wide wheels what can you do? well, its not cheap but it is something you can do, and with STEEL WHEELS its a good deal cheaper than with aluminum in many cases. but you can have almost any wheel fabricated, to match the lug pattern, back spacing, etc. you want, if you can supply the basic wheels of the correct inner and outer dia. the work cam be as simple as cutting and rewelding and reballancing the wheels, it can be far more complicated so ask lots of questions before commiting to the project, and try to deal locally as it tends to remove some possiable problems if you can deal face-to-face with the shop.
the key is finding a RELIEABLE SHOP THAT DOES QUALITY WORK, your local stock car track guys should be very familiar with who does the work in your area on steel wheels and many times the same guys repair and modify aluminum and custom wheels.the KEY in getting a good result is in dealing with a quality shop with a long history of good customer feed back and doing VERY PRECISE MEASSURMENTS and suppling a PRECISE diagram , because your going to get almost exactly what you request in back spacing, dimensions and lug patterns , if you measure wrong your screwed and youll need decent wheels to start with, (sometimes 8 old wheels will be required to build 4 new wheels).
heres three shops off the internet, and one had multipule links with bad =feedbackhttp://www.weldcraft...ls.com/Wide.htmhttp://www.thewheelsmith.net/
heres two that do custom repairs and wideninghttp://www.stocktonw...el_widening.htm
stocktons had lots of bad customer feedback pop up when I did an internet search
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