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  • SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark, Formula and EX-C Mesh

    Hey guys.

    My name is Jace, i'm from a lil place south of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
    I currently drive a NA6 Mazda MX5/Roadster but i hope to have a KE25/TE27 someday soon.

    Anyway, i have a wheel problem. That is, i'm addicted and can't help impulse buying from YAJ :?

    The first set of wheels getting a resto are Star Sharks in 4x100, 14x6.5 +13
    Here's some pics of what i'm working with










    here's the other bits and pieces i have rounded up


    and close ups of cleaning the bolts
    before


    after (soaking them in white vinegar for about 12 hours)


    they're getting there


    The set of wheels are currently at a wheel shop getting some work done.
    This includes TIG welding the outer lips to fill the gutter rash, re-rolling the lips to fix the flat spots (one of them is so bad that the tire didn't hold air )
    and finally polishing the lips and spokes.

    i'll hopefully have them back in 2 or three weeks. While i wait, i'm going to have the bolts re-zinc'd locally.

    i should have my meshies in another 6 or 7 weeks ( !)

    The meshies are 14x7, staggered offsets like +9 and -3 or something iirc



    i scored them both reasonably cheaply (about 50,000) which means i can spend a bit on them making them new again!
    i also got some center caps for them which i'm pretty stoked on


    thanks for viewing, expect an update soon!

    driversity.tumblr.com

  • #2
    Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

    other than MK3's, there's not many other wheels i desire to own. feel free to post pics of your restored wheels, help me stay motivated!

    if Advan A3A's were made in 4x100, i'd be the dude stupid enough to pay too much for a set. same with Techno Phantoms.

    i currently have 14x6.5 +9.5 A-type Watanabes on my car



    i also had 14x7 +12 4x100 SSR MK2's, but sold them because they were orange and i didn't like the look against my white paint! ops:
    driversity.tumblr.com

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    • #3
      Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

      so rad!^

      aww yeah time for some pics for you guys.

      got my Star Sharks back, lips are looking pretty good now. i'm slowly reassembling them with a lot of sealing wax and care.





      i'll be zinc coating the bolts and dying them black, and i hope to paint the centers an cast iron colour, so that with black bolts, wheel nuts and center caps i should get some nice contrast between the lips!



      got the stickers reprinted too!




      i also picked up my Formula Mesh from my local importers place yesterday. nice dish, really looking forward to switching it up!



      the lips aren't quite as fucked as the Star Sharks were, but they're not brilliant either.

      once i've worked out who's working on the lips, i'll know whether i can pull the centers out to have them blasted and clearcoated
      they'll also have black bolts and i've got a set of black center caps for them too!

      so more once the weather warms up and i can be bothered painting the Star Sharks!
      driversity.tumblr.com

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      • #4
        Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

        I enjoy everything here.

        Plans for the starriest of sharks sounds great. def a nice combination of shades.
        where the hell did you get those stickers redone?! its amazing you still had one to work off - those things do NOT like gurney/pressure-washers.



        and <3 formula mesh step lip. urgnf..

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        • #5
          Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

          oh hai ross!
          i'll find out when i speak to Wheels next (that's the name of the company who redid the lips...)


          SSR Star Shark 4x100 by Jace B., on Flickr


          SSR Star Shark 4x100 by Jace B., on Flickr
          driversity.tumblr.com

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          • #6
            Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

            Looks good man! Your car is still too high, though. 8) (j/k)
            -Cam
            1980 Toyota Celica
            1984 Porsche 911
            1988 Mazda RX-7
            Ex-JNCs: 1980 Datsun 510, 1979 Mazda RX-7, 1986 Mazda RX-7, 1992 Mazda Miata
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            • #7
              Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

              Looks nice man, how much did the resto cost you?
              Own a Crown? Take an interest into these beautiful cars? Come join the community over at www.toyotacrowncentral.com/forum!

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              • #8
                Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                Can anyone help with the actual colour code or something similar for the gold finish on older SSR wheels? Mesh rims in particular. Would it have been the 'Touring Gold' colour that is still offered on their current range?
                1971 1300 Wagon Deluxe
                1973 1300 Wagon
                1979 RX7

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                • #9
                  Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                  i have the same wheels on my BRG 14x6,5 et13 and 14x7 et0



                  http://oldcafeblog.blogspot.it/

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                  • #10
                    Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                    This is the colour I am trying to find. I've seen a few in this shade and then some lighter in appearance. Maybe there is no right or wrong colour.

                    1971 1300 Wagon Deluxe
                    1973 1300 Wagon
                    1979 RX7

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                    • #11
                      Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                      Originally posted by Eeyore
                      I've seen a few in this shade and then some lighter in appearance. Maybe there is no right or wrong colour.
                      I think you hit on it there. :tu: :mrgreen:

                      Eastwood sells some wheel paint called "Vintage Racing Wheel Gold" that is very close to that?

                      http://www.eastwood.com/vintage-racing- ... -gold.html

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                      • #12
                        Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                        I think Eastwood paint is closest to BBS gold that you can get in a spray can (dude from Eastwood used to post a lot on Vortex)
                        Your best bet is to try every can of 'Gold' paint you can find and see which one you think is best.

                        I've disassembled the Formula Mesh, but got held up in their resto by a new car (BMW 2002) and rebuilding some 16" BBS RS wheels for a friend of mine.

                        I've bought more wheels though, they are on their way from Japan now.

                        14x6.5 ET19 SSR EX-C Mesh. 4x100. They might get turned into 15" step-lip EX-C Mesh, not too sure yet.

                        driversity.tumblr.com

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                        • #13
                          Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                          Yes! I love this thread! Slammed, sweet cars, a 510 and Miata, oh lord. Sweeeeet little, wide wheels, this is so good. I'm about to take photos of the two sets I have to add in!

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                          • #14
                            Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                            Hell yeah.

                            I have got some better pics of what i'm working with with the EX-C's.


                            EX-C Mesh by Jace B., on Flickr


                            EX-C centers by Jace B., on Flickr

                            I haven't started my Formula Mesh yet, although they are disassembled.

                            I bought a BMW 2002 which has eaten up some of my time. I should probably put the Star Sharks on the '02 just for kicks, it uses the same rolling diameter as my miata does :twisted:
                            driversity.tumblr.com

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                            • #15
                              Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont

                              and just because

                              driversity.tumblr.com

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