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Changing alloys to steels

threetone

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Thnx for the reply’s everyone.

Are all these great looking black wheels DIY, or aftermarket paintjobs?

I find it very difficult to find them online.
 
paradise city

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Sprayed them myself. Halfords' finest wheel spray paint and lacquer.

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I just put on my full 16" plastic wheel caps. Won't bother spraying, and respraying my rusty steels.
They only have to support the tyres and loads of salt in wintertime.

I wonder how long those sprayed wheels hold their shine? Or is there some very tough lacquer on the market that can withstand all the abuse they have to withstand?
 
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Not too worried about the shine to be honest. Just prefer the black to the original silver.

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Those are not the gratest looking things, I agree. (although you probably mean the 17" steel rims)
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But this is just a tad worse I suppose:
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threetone

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Indeed, i’m not after the rusty ‘barn-find’ look :)

I like both the 16” and 17” versions, i have 16” alloys now, so i will problably go for 16”.
I am however looking to keep them pristine, clean and new looking, so a tough black coating would be great !
 
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Indeed, i’m not after the rusty ‘barn-find’ look :)

I like both the 16” and 17” versions, i have 16” alloys now, so i will problably go for 16”.
I am however looking to keep them pristine, clean and new looking, so a tough black coating would be great !
Sorry to bust your topic, but what year is your California?
 
Alan Andrews

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Yes, I invested in a set of 17" steel wheels with winter tyres last year.

They transform the grip in wet/mud/grass conditions.

I have just put them back on (a tad early) as we are doing the NC500, and I do not want to have any scary moments.

I also machined some customised hub covers.

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Alistair Hardy

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Indeed, i’m not after the rusty ‘barn-find’ look :)

I like both the 16” and 17” versions, i have 16” alloys now, so i will problably go for 16”.
I am however looking to keep them pristine, clean and new looking, so a tough black coating would be great !
You can only use 17" minimum on a T5 the brakes are too big for a 16"
 
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Who here has changed (or is thinking about) their pretty alloy wheels to utilitarian steels?

I am seriously considering making the switch. I love the look of black steels, but i’m hastant to change because alloy wheels are supposed to be better, lighter, more fuel efficient..

Who here has thrown caution to the wind and did it anyway.

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Me I prefer steels, but I think all T5's onwards need 17" minimum because of the disc size.
I bough t a 17" spare this year because I had a bottle of glue to get me out of a bad situation, bought a carrier and a spare and threw the glue in the bin, once you use it that is the tyre written off finished.
There are some 18" steels available made for the south american market probably Amaroks.
 
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I have 18" VW steels from a Amarok... look awesome, 950KG load rated each, super quiet and a bit stealth, rather than a bit bling... I got them from Is Coles here as I know his work from banding other wheels, although mine are not banded on the Cali! I have stock 16" steel for winter but might update my 18s at some point to Michelin cross climates or swamper tyres. they have summer tyres on at the mo but no issues on campsites etc...

Simon coles here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/scvwcustomsbanded/about/

You can also get from these guys:

Silver: https://stitchesandsteel.com/collections/t5-t6/products/volkswagen-transporter-oversized-steel-wheels

Or in black:

Go for it!

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paradise city

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They do look nice.

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Thanks... better for the tyres to not move at all IMHO... have you seen the UK roads?!
 
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Not really actually, as I have only been once to the UK for a 5 day hiking trip when I was a teenager. Then I was just crossing the fields around Kent.

And as for good roads, don't take French smaller Departemental roads.
 
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better for the tyres to not move at all IMHO...
And that is definately not true. If a tyre is not moved in a very long time, it will flatten and create a flat spot on all 4's. Then, after 3 - 4 years, start driving it again. :happy
 

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