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
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