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Unread 04-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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Refurbishment of Factory CJ wheels

This thread is intended to document the refurbishment of a set of factory CJ 8" chrome rims. I bought them (in poor condition) off craigslist for $80 with the original center caps. They came with dry rotted 31" retreads that have been removed in the pics. I will update until they are mounted on my 86 cj-7 that came with aftermarket rims. They are going to be black. I wanted white but accepted that the factory pinstripe was going to be difficult for me to duplicate. They will wear falken wildcats in 32x11.50x15. They will be attached with new lug nuts.

The seller was busy ruining the center cap retaining screws when I got there. 3 caps were loose one had 2 stripped out screws holding it in place. I negotiated down from the $100 asking price to $80. Figured I'd be ok with just the caps at that price.

Dropped them off at my buddies shop to have the old tires removed. There goes another $20.

Picked them up and headed to the powdercoater (sorry purists- these are not going to be re-chromed). Ground off the heads of two screws holding the last cap and headed home. Here are the rims waiting to be blasted

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Unread 04-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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I went home and got the broken screws out of the old caps. There were 5 to deal with total. Chased all the treads.

Then I spend a while cleaning up the caps. Here is one as received and one cleaned up. I intend to keep the caps stock. They will not be painted or rechromed. Condition is acceptable after some cleaning and elbow grease (and no, I don't know how to resize them)
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Unread 04-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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Looking forward to seeing how these turn out, I am looking for painted or chrome rims myself to do the same thing for my Scrambler and my trailer.

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Looking nice man. I can't wait to see how they come out. I had mine painted silver when I did mine.
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drop off at buddy shop and cost you $20, not much of a buddy
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drop off at buddy shop and cost you $20, not much of a buddy
No doubt the buddy got the tire machine for free, there's no maintence needed, on it or the compressor needed to use it.. The buddy doesn't need to put food on his table, save for retirement, pay for medical insurance .
Maybe he doesn't even need to pay for electricity. Probably doesn't have any bills,

What's wrong with you to make a statement like that?

PO,kudos to you for supporting your friends business!

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Unread 04-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #7
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get them powdercoated chrome, best of both worlds, shiny, and wont rust like chrome.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 06:14 AM   #8
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get them powdercoated chrome, best of both worlds, shiny, and wont rust like chrome.
There's no such thing as chrome powder coated. Been there, done that!

At best, you can mimic highly polished aluminum but once a clear coat powder finish is applied, all bets are off.
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DVR, what's your plan as far as color for the rims? I did sandblasting and powder coat on my OEM rims in "white" and they came out great. I also did the factory black pinstripe on a jig I made and had a friend with a steady hand apply the stripe.


Also, McMaster-Carr.com has replacement screws for the center caps in stainless if your interested and they are exact OEM flanged hex head type.
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As far as the friend charging me to remove the tires- He didn't. That's what i'm going to insist he take at a minimum. He wasn't at the shop when I picked them up.

Keith- Planning to go with black. I wanted white but I will not be able to do the stripe to my satisfaction. I have seen the youtube video. Wish I had something like that. Do you have the p/n for the screws? Thanks
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i just cleaned mine up with some material recommended by the local NAPA paint dept manager.

i took off the rest of the clear coat that had peeled off 50% then polished them, then applied a good coat of wax.

so far so good!! look much better than they did
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As far as the friend charging me to remove the tires- He didn't. That's what i'm going to insist he take at a minimum. He wasn't at the shop when I picked them up.

Keith- Planning to go with black. I wanted white but I will not be able to do the stripe to my satisfaction. I have seen the youtube video. Wish I had something like that. Do you have the p/n for the screws? Thanks
You can always try pinstripe tape its easy to use and curves easily. Its easy to apply and if you make a mistake it comes off.
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I can't see the Youtube videos here at work but it looks like there is some good info here on striping the wheels. I'm not really looking forward to trying to duplicate the stripe on the Golden Eagle wheels but pinstripe tape sounds interesting.
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Do you have the p/n for the screws? Thanks
+1.... I'm gonna need some of those.
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Do you have the p/n for the screws? Thanks
I have to pull them out of my stock and have a look because McMaster-Carr order history only goes back two years. I'll cross reference them later on today.
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