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    Work Ewing III

    Hi everyone,

    I remembered reading about this site in some magazine awhile ago and only now had a reason to register..

    I just bought a set of 15" Work Ewing III's, They have all the legit stamping inside the wheel but don't have the stickers most work wheels have but I just attribute that to them being old.

    I've been told they a rareish old school wheel and I got them for a great deal, 4 wheels and new tires was cheaper then getting new tires for my stock wheels..

    Only thing is their kinda beat up, I'm fine driving with them as is for now, but I'm looking into rebarreling them to make them wider and a bit lower of an offset , and then getting them completely refinished. ne

    Does anyone know of a good place to buy hardware (new bolts) for them? And how hard would finding new barrels be? Sorry I'm new to the 3 piece wheel game.

    Also the wheels included all 4 Work center caps but I have no idea how to get them on the wheels and no idea how to put them together/take them apart ( 2 each way) and their not in the best of shape either, so i'd either try to get them refinished too (idk if you can even do that) or just buy new original ones (idk if you can do that either with them being old?)

    Sorry if I don't make sense at any point in what I was trying to say, I've never had "real" wheels or even 3 peice wheels for that matter so working on the wheels is an entire new thing for me.

    Thanks!
    -Max

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    Re: Work Ewing III

    Quote Originally Posted by tristinGrind
    You can also get new hardware through them or just remove one of the nuts and bolts to take them into your local hardware store. You do not have to have a specific bolt. Someone working in the store should be able to point you to a matching nut/bolt combo.

    Max, please don't listen to this advise above. I just refinished my Watanabe 2 piece wheels and there's no way I would use hardware store bolts/nuts on my wheels. Reason is that unless you're going to a really well stocked hardware store they'll likely not have high strength bolts needed for an automotive application. And I definitely wouldn't trust a store employee for knowing the difference...trust me I know first hand. Most of the stuff at a regular hardware store is for general purpose not for a wheel supporting the full weight of a moving car.

    I ordered my 12.9 grade/M8x1.25/zinc plated/30mm bolts and grade 8/M8x1.25/flanged/serrated/zinc plated nuts from my local fastenal distributor. You should check out their website (http://www.fastenal.com) to see if there's a distributor near you and you could just go in there with a sample bolt/nut to have them find them for you, just be sure to tell them what application you're using them for, or call them to be 100% sure you're ordering the right stuff. Oh and FYI, it's a little cheaper buying from them locally then ordering online. They're a little pricey but I'm glad I spend the $100 on both the nuts/bolts knowing I'm running the appropriate grade hardware. Oh and don't cheap out, get zinc coated hardware so it won't rust!

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    Re: Work Ewing III

    I'm assuming you have the Ewing IIIs in the "star" pattern? If so the centre caps are thread-on - there is meant to be a black threaded centre piece which attaches to the wheel with a bunch of small screws. Then there is a ring which slips on over the top of this (which forms the centre of the decorative spokes) and the cap holds the ring in place once threaded down.

    mine are in storage so I can't really go get a photo to demonstrate, however this is what they look like complete:


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    Re: Work Ewing III

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx_13
    Does anyone know of a good place to buy hardware (new bolts) for them? And how hard would finding new barrels be?
    FWIW, this place makes custom barrels for almost any wheel. Not cheap, but very high quality. :tu:

    http://kodiakracingwheels.com/shells.html

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    Re: Work Ewing III

    If anyone is interested, my local wheel repair shop has a set of four collecting dust. One of their worker used to be into the Jap stuff. I bought a set of rare Jap wheels from them when I went there to get another set worked on. Let me know, I believe they're still there. None of them have the center caps, I believe. I remember the guy telling me he had repaired and refinished them but never used them.


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    Re: Work Ewing III

    I have the same wheels on my car. Just wondering how you remove the face of the wheel. Tried removing all the bolts but I cant seem to be able to separate the wheel face and the lip.

    Thinking of making my 15x7's to 15x8's or maybe flipping the wheel.....

    Has anyone tried doing a wheel flip on these?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Work Ewing III

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    FWIW, this place makes custom barrels for almost any wheel. Not cheap, but very high quality. :tu:
    http://kodiakracingwheels.com/shells.html
    Unfortunately they stopped producing barrels for other brands. They will only produce their own brand now.
    You can try Araya Wheels or Memory Fab for custom offsets.

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    Re: Work Ewing III

    I have 8 of these wheels and all of them are welded together :td: good luck re-barreling them, you'll have to cut them apart like Tristan said in the above post. You'd want to use a lathe to cut the weld, and even then you'll probably destroy both the lip and the barrel, have a look at Heath's thread for an example (see the link in his last post near the bottom of the page for pics), he did the same thing to his Starsharks



    If yours aren't welded, consider yourself lucky!

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