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 Post subject: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark, Formula and EX-C Mesh
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:39 pm 
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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

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here's the other bits and pieces i have rounded up
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and close ups of cleaning the bolts
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after (soaking them in white vinegar for about 12 hours)
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they're getting there
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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
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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
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thanks for viewing, expect an update soon!

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:30 am 
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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

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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! :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:57 am 
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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.

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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!

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got the stickers reprinted too!

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

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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!

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:50 pm 

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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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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:44 am 
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oh hai ross!
i'll find out when i speak to Wheels next (that's the name of the company who redid the lips...)

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:25 am 
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Looks good man! Your car is still too high, though. 8) (j/k)

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:40 am 

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Looks nice man, how much did the resto cost you?

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:23 pm 
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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?

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:04 am 

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

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:13 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:44 pm 
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Eeyore wrote:
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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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:40 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:46 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:34 am 
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Hell yeah.

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

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EX-C Mesh by Jace B., on Flickr

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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:

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:39 am 
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and just because

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:35 am 
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Hahahah, just because is the best reason.

The EX-Cs? don't look like they need any restoring, they look pretty schmick?

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Hotwires after a polish. They don't feel special after seeing your wheels. ):

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Centrelines after a real rough polish, just to see what they'd come up like.

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Centrelines again, one polished, one not. I've just started sanding all the pitting and some of the more shallow scratches out of the faces, then I'll go right up to 1,000 grit and polish them again. The rims are in pretty shocking condition, one of them has actuallt been in a fire.. But I did pick up both sets of wheels for only $100 each set.


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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:39 am 
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centerlines and hotwires, how bloody australian is that!

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark and Formula Mesh cont
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:42 am 
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:( I'll never hear the end of being Australian on here.. At least they're not on a Falcon or Kingswood.


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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark, Formula and EX-C Mes
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:53 pm 

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I too am loving everything here. And here I was feeling quite alone in my adoration of all these old school wheels. I used to only look at JNC once in a blue moon, but threads like this make me want to check a lot more often.

Your wheel collection (taste!) is superb Jace. I love all of the old SSR's too; and your Star Sharks are awesome. I too am a 4x100 man, being owner of an AW11 and living about an hour of Sydney. It's a shame they didn't make them in 15". I have a few more sets than I need too, and am a particular fan of plate/aero style wheels as you will see below. I also have a new set of Equip 03s and have a couple of sets of SSR MK3's on the boat at the moment (another of my faves). I'm still hankering for a nice set of Watanabe RS8's, and maybe some Formula Mesh too. Then there are all the uber rare aero disk types like the SSR EX-C superfins etc....I want them all!

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 Post subject: Re: SSR Wheel Restoration - Star Shark, Formula and EX-C Mes
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:43 pm 
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thanks mate!

im good friends with ross who has Little Red, that killer AW11 youll see on jdmst and stuff. maybe here too.
aero/turbo/turbine wheels would suit an ADUB to the tee. especially those Tom's ones!

i bought some 13" Bilbos because they were cheap and will be mint after a polish, i dont have a car to put them on though. i sold my watanabes to a good friend and i regret that. im not feeling the starsharks on my car because they are just too nice for it... my wats suited it perfectly.

i have a bunch of next cars racing through my head, i just want them all!

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