Here’s hoping for a new lease of life for the wagon’s wheels. I’m off to Platinum Alloys…
It’s fair to say my car had a very tough 2016. The arrival of a little Glenn meant the A6 didn’t get a lot of love last year. Apart from the odd clean, a spot of maintenance and the audio install, she’s pretty much not been touched. Well, it’s time for that to change.
This year I’m going to give her a bit of a makeover. And that starts right now with the wheels! I had originally toyed with getting some new alloys. But I love my Vossens and although the CV1 is getting on now, a bit like my good self they have also aged rather fantastically. However, also like myself they could do with a bit of a freshen up.
Luckily for me I know just the company for the job. Yep, Platinum Alloys! These guys did a full wheel refurb on my previous wheels, a set of BBS CH-Rs, a few years back and they did an unbelievable job on what would have been a real challenge to most refurbers. But not these guys. They had them looking as good as new.
You see not only do these guys have the country’s best wheel refurb and wheel- stripping facility (the largest by volume in the UK), but they have the state of the art tools, machines and industry-leading staff to match, too.
And like last time, they are going to need all the tools they have at their disposal to get my wheels back to their best. I always look after my wheels, but the last few months have seen a series of unfortunate events lead to my hoops getting more bashed about than David Haye in his recent fight with Tony Bellew. First there was the rear lip I caught on a raised curb after being blinded by the sun. Then there was a blown tyre. Not good anyway, especially not with the extended lips on the Vossens as you can see in the pictures. Ouchie!
After dropping my wheels off to Scott Jones and Gordon Harker at Platinum Alloys, they assessed them and notified me that there was significant damage to the inner rim of the wheel where the tyre had deflated and the rim had been run on the road surface. They also checked for any buckles or cracks that may have occurred. But thankfully there weren’t any.
However, one major problem was the decorative stainless steel lips that would need removing, as there are very few replacement options available on the market. However, Platinum Alloys are one of only a handful of companies who have lips specially manufactured for the Jaguar XKR BBS split rims, something they could adapt if needed. But we will have to wait and see as it’s dependent on what damage is underneath. Fingers crossed, it’s not too bad!
Platinum Alloys wheel refurb £TBC
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