TECH: WHEEL RE­PAIR

> WHETHER YOU’VE KERBED YOUR 20-INCH RIMS OR WANT TO BRING A SET OF CLAS­SIC MAGS BACK TO LIFE, ELITE WHEEL SER­VICES SHOWS US HOW IT’S DONE

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We head to Elite Wheel Ser­vices to watch and learn as they re­store some dam­aged rollers

WE’VE all done it – mis­judged that par­al­lel park­ing ef­fort and kerbed the rim, or un­der­steered into a ‘traf­fic calm­ing’ de­vice and bent a rim. Not a big deal if you’re run­ning 14x6 steel­ies like my­self, but if you’re rolling on some big-inch al­loy wheels and have a bit of an in­ci­dent, don’t de­spair; you might not have to throw them in the bin. Even very badly dam­aged rims can be re­paired to as-new con­di­tion by the guys at Elite Wheel Ser­vices & Pow­der­coat­ing in For­rest­dale, WA. It’s a rel­a­tively new busi­ness set up by Gareth and Ali­son Lougher (whose 6APEAL To­rana we fea­tured in SM, Apr ’13) and Nigel Thomas. Gareth has been putting his skills as an ex­pert fab­ri­ca­tor and welder to good use and Nigel brings his skills as a ma­chin­ist to the busi­ness. For more info, check them out on Face­book or call them on (08) 9497 1616.

The most com­mon type of dam­age Elite Wheel Ser­vices sees are kerbed rims. If the dam­age is bad enough, ma­te­rial may need to be added with TIG weld­ing; oth­er­wise, a small amount of filler is used and the whole wheel colour-matched and re­painted

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