General Epsilon Accord Ally Wheel Finish (& Buckled Wheel Repair Possible?)

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by Accord_N22, Wednesday 25th Feb, 2015.

  1. Accord_N22 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Hi all

    Just a quick one. Looking to sort out the slightly buckled wheel on the Accord which I have moved to the back of the car.

    I need to get it sorted soon as the buckled wheel will eventually see the bearing out on the back which would be expensive to replace.

    I was just wondering, did Honda only release the Epsilon wheel in one paint finish? (silver) or did they release them in different shades etc?
    I am only asking this as I have enquired with a few breakers and they have an epsilon wheel available but when he has sent a pic they look like they have a tinge of blue ish in them.

    Pic of wheel from breakers

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    Also can I buckled wheel be repaired to be perfectly straight? They are quoting me 40 to 50 quid and they say its possible
    Video of buckled wheel.



    The place I am looking to repair the wheel is BJV engineering in Hertfordshire.

    Cheers guys
     
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  2. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Yes only one colour mate, Kaiser Silver Metallic. If you look back at that image the blueish tinge is also on the paintwork, so likely just the shot - however the wheel could be refurbed already in a different colour.
     
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  3. Accord_N22 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Thanks Leo, that's good news.
    Understood with regards to the wheel being previously refurbed. Another worry - lol and it being buckled also. lol.
    I guess I have to take a gamble.

    Looking to use the extra wheel as a full size spare for when we travel to Spain later on this year instead of taking the space saver.
    It would seem the epsilon wheel is quite rare too
     
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  4. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    There was a set of Epsilons for sale on ebay last year that looked like this.

    If the lacquer has broken down on the diamond cut surface of yours, this is an alternative.

    If I had seen this before I had re-sprayed mine, I think I would have gone for this colour scheme. I would keep the centres silver though.




    Epsilon Wheel.
     
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  5. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Me likes :Smile:
     
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  6. Accord_N22 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    That does look really nice nels :Smile:
     
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  7. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    I would guess the outer facing is sprayed first. Once dry, that would be masked up and then the darker colour would be applied.
    The lacquer could then be sprayed over them both.

    The prep before spraying would have to be meticulous to get that sort of finish, but well worth it.
     
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  8. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I tried doing that on my Epsilons when I attempted painting them myself but it was too long winded. When I paid to get them done I just got them in silver. Wish I'd persevered having seen that.
     
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  9. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    It would take a while to do properly and even longer if you are doing one or two at a time. A job best left for the warmer weather I think.
     
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  10. Accord_N22 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Thanks guys for the help.
    The ebay dude was a time waster so I have decided to get the buckled wheel repaired.
    BJV engineering in bovingdon Hertfordshire have quoted me £40 to £50 to repair the wheel and it is something that they are pretty confident they can do
    (although they need to see and check the wheel first)
     
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  11. Nighthawk Guest

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    Pristine Wheels mate - they do an absolutely cracking job. One of the best in the country, based in Milton Keynes
     
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  12. redefined_cycles Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Just noticed this thread. Just wondering: what were the symptoms of tge buckled wheel upon actual driving?? Did it cause shaking and if so at what speed and where did you notice it (which side did you place the buçkled wheel (n/or O/S). Thanks
     
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  13. Accord_N22 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Symptoms I was having was that the steering wheel would vibrate upon hard acceleration very slightly and would have a consistent vibration at around 65 mph. (similar vibrations if your wheels were not balanced properly)

    The buckled wheel was on the front drivers side when I found it - I jacked up all the corners and spun each wheel separately like in the video and found the flat spot.

    At first I thought it was the driveshaft's as they are common to go on the diesels but was relieved when it wasn't. I then moved the buckled wheel to drivers side rear temporarily.
     
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  14. redefined_cycles Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thanks for that. I too tried everything, bar yhe drive shaft. Same symptoms as yours. Had yhe full hunter balance done too. In the end i have the quartz wheels on order from Holdcroft at the mo. Makes me feel bettet that i am close to the cure now (if not then at least i have some nice looking wheels hey!)...

    Personally, if it was me, I wouldn't go down the repair route (although there are specialists doing alloy repair and can be find online). Reason being is that these newer alloys are not as easy to work with and bend as steel rims. Even if someone was able to givw a perfectly trued wheel, due to the processes involved (i would imagine some sort of heating and cooling) would mean that if not done perfectly then it would leave a brittle wheel which would be more prone to crack.

    If I were you I would replace the warped wheel or get yourself the 17inch Quartz from Holdcroft (on offer at £295 at the mo)...
     
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