I take it you have tried iron-x? They look corroded to be honest. I think a refurb would be necessary. Why not take the opportunity to do the two rim sections in a different finish? New bolts? How much do you want to spend??
It's good stuff. Looking at your photo again on my laptop I'm not sure those wheels are salvageable. I reckon breaking them down you could have a good go at the lip with some kind of polisher, but you'd have to have the tyres removed and then you may as well refurb.
good luck getting the bolts out without snapping them in the rim, thread repairs on more than a few adds up as does the cost of the bolts if you can find them, refurb of split rims is more pieces so usually more money also.
Having refurbed four wheels on my Mini, all for minor kerbing, I would say it's not worth the effort. One of those jobs where unless you really want the experience, let a pro do it. Fifty quid ish a corner is reasonable & they'll always do it better.
I'm a long time agent for Pristine Wheels, there are plenty that can send back an ok looking wheel, but these guys handled warranty wheels with diamond turning for Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Lexus etc. I've seen stuff from other places that has fired big chips of filler off the rim when tyres have been fitted, or those saying they do diamond turned rims then send them out, or don't at all. Many are nice though, just compare processes before you leap ;O)
on the Ronal Web Design rims they'd probably work out to around £120 per rim charged per item, plus damage repairs typically £30/rim sometimes more if battered, and with split rims, plus engineering costs if required for snapped bolts that is always down to the owner of the wheels, plus replacement titanium bolts. Then tyre swaps on top.
easy to see why people buy aftermarket rims but there is a lot to be said for keeping nice cars original too.
Pulling up an old thread here, I regularly keep an eye on ebay and have noticed these wheels either come up for sale as newly refurbished or in a rough condition like mine. I am concerned that perhaps due to the design do these wheels corrode easily? I would like to have them refurbished but if the finish will not last I will consider another wheel.
Not many people clean their own cars anymore. The “hand car wash” places are not professionals to say the least and the car wash at the petrol station does nothing. Brake dust is corrosive. I live in London, is say 85-90% of the cars on my street have brown front wheels.
it's only really due to diamond turning that the rims go, then lack of cleaning which on these is best done periodically with the wheel off to get into the rim joint at the back. I guess you haven't yet tried to separate yours in preparation for a refurb?
Thinking of buying this and selling my Cooper S. I've JCW specc'd my Cooper S to the conkers, but just cant be bothered to find and fit all...
Just curious really.
Aware my car has the sensor, and it does work.
However I'm wondering where the sensor is exactly. Unusually the Mini has two washer bottles if you have headlamp washers.....I'd rather assumed the sensor was in the windscreen washer reservoir but having had the light flash...
Last week I loaded 3 80 pound bags of cement in the Mini (R50 2003) and the resulting ride and handling were very firm and the car seems to ride much better. Is this what I can expect by upgrading the rear Sway Bar? or just better cornering?
06 R53 Mini Cooper S
If I put the gas pedal to the metal my mini instantly cuts power and backfires like crazy, the coil , coil wires and spark plugs are all new and still have the problem
Any suggestions will be appreciate it, thanks!
so I'm looking into having a reduced supercharger pulley installed (KAVS Motorsport Reduced Supercharger Pulley 15% to be precise)
I was hoping to get some more info from people as to how it has affected your insurance etc..