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Old 09-03-2008, 11:50 PM   #1
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Cool My new FB Thread, check out the new wheels!

I spent about 10 hours restoring these from all silver to bronze/polish.







And my new favorite shot!







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Old 09-03-2008, 11:52 PM   #2
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Looks good....and holy crap, I thought my dent was bad lol
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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spectrum? wheres those azenis'?!
and yah that does look good. i doubted the bronze and red, but good choice.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:39 AM   #4
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The Azenis are in Portland and heading my way on a UPS truck! They will be all mounted up tomorrow.

Bronze looks good doesn't it?
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01 CV Police Interceptor; 4.6 SOHC V8/4R70W, Dk Blue/Grey; K&N FIPK/RP Oil/Optima/Superchips/Flowmaster 40's/2.5" cat-back - 14.854@92.37

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:40 AM   #5
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They're stock 1st Gen RX-7 "LE" wheels (known as meshies). 4x110 and the original lug bolts. They got to me in all silver paint (factory IIRC). I stripped them with Oven Cleaner, then a citrus degreaser, and a pressure washer. Then I sanded (150/240/400) the lips and hand-polished with Mother's (the real stuff that comes in a damn can!) 3 times. Then I masked the lips and painted the factory "rough" cast centers straight with Dupli-Color Bronze wheel paint. 2 coats per center, 1 can did all 4 wheels. Unmask, mount, polish one more pass (quicky) and snap pics.

It's a basic "+1" setup. The stock wheels were 13x5.5 with 185/70/13 Toyo Spectrums. These are 14x5.5 with 195/60/14 Toyo Spectrums. Actual tread width is nearly an inch more! Those get replaced with Falken Azenis Rt615's tomorrow anyways (in 195/60/14).

This winter in addition to replacing the door I plan on adding a small front and rear spoiler, fixing all of the door dings/dents, and doing all of the sanding and priming. I have a lot of ideas for what the finished product should look like.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:22 AM   #6
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looks good!
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:24 AM   #7
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i bet if you took the door panel out you can rubber hammer that out....wheels look really good ...nice job mang!
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:30 AM   #8
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I did rubber mallet it! It's pretty bad The door skin actually folded up and over the cowl.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:42 PM   #9
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Ze tires are installed! Sooooooo much grip!
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83 RX-7 GSL; 12A/5-Speed, Red/Red; 100% Stock - 16.072@83.39
01 CV Police Interceptor; 4.6 SOHC V8/4R70W, Dk Blue/Grey; K&N FIPK/RP Oil/Optima/Superchips/Flowmaster 40's/2.5" cat-back - 14.854@92.37

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Old 09-05-2008, 02:46 PM   #10
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I love first gens. They're so, sexy.
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