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Old 08-11-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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3 piece wheel conversions in GTA?



This is mostly dreaming at this point... But I've been thinking about getting one of my sets of Alpina Softlines converted to 3 piece construction.

There are various shops doing these sorts of conversions, where the wheel face is cut / milled out and attached to a standard barrel / lip. But they all seem to be in Poland, Belgium, and of course Southern California.

Anyone in the GTA doing this?
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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My bro and I are in the middle of this process right now. So far, it's been a huge pain in the ass.

Wheels have be identical, not only the part number has to match, the wheels have to be from the same batch. First set of wheels that we dropped off had 3 different results after the center was cut out. Second set that dropped off was identical, but machine shop screwed up and didn't finish the job. My bro dropped the centers off at the machine shop this morning, we'll see how it turns out.


By the way, not all wheels can be converted to 3pc. I don't think your Alpinas can be converted.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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So you're working directly with a machine shop rather than with a wheel shop? Interesting. I guess I was picturing a wheel shop farming out the machining of the centers and then doing the conversion with barrels / lips on hand. Maybe wishful thinking.

Too bad to hear that it's not a reliable process. I only have 4 of the wheels so losing one would be game over. :/

I don't doubt you but what's the reason you think the Softlines can't be converted?
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:07 AM   #4
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Would love some custom 3 piece bottle caps, I've done some reading on it and you can expect to pay a shop around 5k + your wheels to get this done.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:34 AM   #5
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Precision is capable of doing any custom alterations for wheels (they have a complete automotive machine shop).
Definitely worth contacting them for your needs, tell them Randy sent you for a "hook up" price.

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Old 08-12-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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Would love some custom 3 piece bottle caps, I've done some reading on it and you can expect to pay a shop around 5k + your wheels to get this done.
Exactly, it will not be cheap. Not only that there is too big of a risk of them not turning out right.

IMO it's better to just order a new set of wheels built to your specs.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:46 PM   #7
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IMO it's better to just order a new set of wheels built to your specs.[/quote]

Yes but now your buying a wheel set that others have already purchased before. For exclusivity, 1 offs are always the way to go IMO
Give Patrick Soares a shot:

Spintechllc.gmail.com
He's located in Florida, so you'd have to pay duties and such(or drive down there) but im pretty sure he can do the job for you

If you have intagram:
patrick_wheelfreak
I know hes not "local" but its a better solution than Europe or the west coast... plus, this guys completes custom sets it seems daily
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Precision is capable of doing any custom alterations for wheels (they have a complete automotive machine shop)
Thanks, good to have a specific recommendation.

Edit: jay01_brown thanks for your recommendation too. Now following @patrick_wheelfreak on IG.

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Exactly, it will not be cheap. Not only that there is too big of a risk of them not turning out right.

IMO it's better to just order a new set of wheels built to your specs.
I hear you on just getting a different set of wheels. Since the car is an Alpina I really want to stick to the Softlines but also do something different. Alpina did make a set of 2 pc Softlines, but somehow the addition of the hardware makes them look really busy and detracts from the wheel to me. Plus they cost a mint and I'm not sure if they could be converted. Never even seen one split.

I was thinking Softline centres with hidden hardware like the OZ Mito IIIs. Like I said, mostly dreaming For $5k, definitely dreaming.
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Doesn't get better then this IMO for an e30 anyways, been dreaming about a bottle cap set up like this for a while.

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So you're working directly with a machine shop rather than with a wheel shop? Interesting. I guess I was picturing a wheel shop farming out the machining of the centers and then doing the conversion with barrels / lips on hand. Maybe wishful thinking.

Too bad to hear that it's not a reliable process. I only have 4 of the wheels so losing one would be game over. :/

I don't doubt you but what's the reason you think the Softlines can't be converted?
Yes, we didn't even try to go through a rim shop, since we didn't think any of them would have a lathe capable of working with wheels.

Here is why I don't think you Softlines can be converted. Most 3pc conversion use this section of the wheel to attach the lip and barrel.



As you can see, your spokes goes through the part that needs to be flat.

This flat spot is created when this fold is made on a wheel.




Keep in mind that the lip and the barrel have to line up with your wheel, so even if you find a flat spot, doesn't mean that all those things will line up. 3pc conversion add at least 2" to the diameter of the wheel.



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Precision is capable of doing any custom alterations for wheels (they have a complete automotive machine shop).
Definitely worth contacting them for your needs, tell them Randy sent you for a "hook up" price.

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Shit, completely forgot that you used to work in a machine shop for your dad. Should've asked when we started converting the wheels.
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Yeah I figured that's what you meant, and it's a fair point. Here's what the 2 piece Alpina's look like:



So there's a little cast bit to straighten out the hardware. Not crazy about the way it looks anyway. I think doing hidden hardware on the back of the face would be pretty great.




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Nice thread popped up on bf.c where someone converted a 2 piece style 29s to a 3 piece, showing how they did the cuts on a lathe:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...C041-Styling29
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Nice thread popped up on bf.c where someone converted a 2 piece style 29s to a 3 piece, showing how they did the cuts on a lathe:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...C041-Styling29
Cool thread, but converting that type of wheel to 3pc is probably much easier.
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Cool thread, but converting that type of wheel to 3pc is probably much easier.
For sure Just point of interest...
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