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Anyone know where you can get our stock rims Chromed? The East coast chrome shops say that no one in the South East has the equipment to properly chrome rims. They say it takes specialized equipmet that has both Positive and Neg electordes. The say the only place that has that kind of equipment is the west coast. Anyone know someone or have a buddy in the industry? Maybe a group buy can be set up???:thumbsup:
 

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Just got my second set of rims from OEM Rims in California. Look fabulous. They buy dealer "take-offs" and chrome them. They will also take your rims and chrome them for you. Brand new rims (second set) cost me $1365 shipped to my door. Chroming your set is cheaper ($699 I believe), but slower.

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OEMRIMS INC.
2120 E. HOWELL AVE
STE#502
ANAHEIM, CA 92806
TEL: 714-940-1761
EMAIL: [email protected]

Hope that helps. I can post a few pictures of mine if you would like to see them.

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My polished aluminum rims look like chrome--esp after I wax them.

I am afraid to get too fancy; I would hate to go outside and see my rims (and tires) gone. Ins does not pay well because of deprec.
 

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I called them and the Quote is $150 a wheel if you send in your stockers to be chromed. Shipping is $115 each way Atl. to Cal. For $600 you can do a sawp if they have our rims in stock. right now they do not so the only options are to go on a waiting list or send yours in to be chromed.

This is where they have the chrome actually done.
http://www.chrometechwheels.com/plating_process.html
 

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The weather here in Chicago today is pretty lousy, so I will probably wait until tomorrow to take some pics. As soon as I got these, I waxed the heck out of the front and back sides of the rims. Should help keep the brake dust from sticking as much. Since I will change them in the winter, they will get a good cleaning and waxing every 6 months and should look great for quite some time. Since they (OEM Rims) don't have any in stock currently, I guess I grabbed their last set. Sorry guys! :crybaby: (not really, because I really wanted them :thumbsup: )

Z06 - They sell lockable lugs if you are worried. I thought that since these are an odd 6 bolt pattern that they wouldn't be in much "demand" around here. If I lived in CA or TX (lived in Houston for 6+ years), I would definitely have the special lugs to prevent theft.

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How did you like those goodyear tires? I am considering getting those as soon as my rears are bald, which will be pretty soon!

OH, by the way D3 has EBC redstuff ceramic pads, that I just got in and installed. After about 100miles of driving they don't put out any black residue any more. They come with some break in material on the pads, that still turn black at first, but then after about 100 to 200 miles they don't put out any brake dust anymore, or at least black dust that sticks to the rims.

Just a note if you get these, the rear pads didn't want to fit in the rear calipers due to the red powder coating they put on the metal backing plates. I had to grind these down with a file before the pads would fall in freely. Don't try to force them in, cause they will bind and you will lose a lot of braking performance, I learned this from my friend and his STI Subie, same brakes for the most part, and his rears stuck just like mine. After 5000 miles he relized that his backs were not grabbing very well, so we had to pry them out and file them to get them to work right. He said that the brakes felt much stronger after that.

One last thing, if you get the ceramics, they do have a tendency to squeel a bit, not too bad, but sometimes can be a little irritating! Well worth the extra bite they offer, and they take twice as long before they start to fade!
 

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The GS-D3's are working out fabulously. Fantastic grip in wet or dry, and pretty tough to break them loose. Much quieter than the Pirelli's as well (but hard to hear sometimes anyway, since I still love my R&R!). These are only for summer driving, though. Since I live in Chicago, I have a set of Advan S.4's mounted on the original (non-chrome) rims for winter use. Only drove about 50 miles on them before the GS-D3s arrived, so not much I can say about them, except they were quiet as well.

Littleelvisdan: I got the second set of rims from OEM Rims in CA. $1365.00 shipped to my door. Info is farther down the thread.
P.S. Sorry to hear that Elvis is dead - were you a fan? :worship:

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Question about the ceramic pads - for those that really know:

I have been told by my racing buddies (and the hot shot kid at the dealership) that the ceramic pads will eat the rotors if they are not cross-drilled. Both said the heat build up can cause premature wear on the rotors. Due to their thickness, warping isn't really an issue UNLESS you've worn them down. Cross-drilled rotors vent the heat better and prevent that excessive wear. Basically, the rotors are matched to the pads, and if you want to "upgrade" to high performance pads, you should get high performance rotors to match.

Your thoughts? Expert opinions? Both willingly accepted.

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Ceramic pads ate up my slotted rotors in 100 miles. They warped the first time I hit the breaks hard. I called the rotor manuafcturer and they asked if I had ceramic pads. I said yes and they said sorry no replacement. Ceramic rotors build up way to much heat for us to warranty them. They were Brembo slotted rotors and damn expensive.

NOW! back on track in this thread to chrome or polishing stock rims........... You old guys wander amelesly in your conversations. If I could remember how to spell that disease that makes you forget I would make a commet that you al you guys have it.
 

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I used to gel my hair and the people in the office started calling me little elvis. I guess I resemble young Elvis enough for them to make the connection. It kind of stuck with me. But I do like Elvis' music and listen to it quite a bit.
 

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Its called Alzheimer's Disease. And I can't remember whether I have it or not, because I can't remember what the doctor told me last time I was there. Was I there?

Yes, get them chromed! I love the look on my black raven, with the sun sparkling off of the rims. Great contrast against the black. If I had the silver car, I might have stayed with the OEM rims or maybe just had them polished. Note that the chromer specifically states that they will NOT warranty them if you drive around in the winter streets where they salt the roads - my reasoning behind the second set or rims & tires. That and the traction issue. Plus, now I don't have to mess around with the TPMS sensors anymore, since the tires only go back on one way, so they should work fine when I switch them out in December.

Bob

What was the question again?
 

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>>> Ceramic pads ate up my slotted rotors in 100 miles. They warped the first time I hit the breaks hard. I called the rotor manuafcturer and they asked if I had ceramic pads. I said yes and they said sorry no replacement. Ceramic rotors build up way to much heat for us to warranty them. They were Brembo slotted rotors and damn expensive. >>>

You did mean ceramic pads, right? Heat from the pads is supposed to be dissipated by the cross-drilled rotors. Not sure how effectively slotted rotors dissipate the heat. My understanding on slotted rotors is to clean the pads (edges of the slots continuously clean the pads of brake dust) and channel the dust away from the braking surface, but the slots weaken the stability of the rotor if the heat isn't dissipated. Cross-drilled rotors create vortices which increase air flow around the pads and dissipate the heat better. Cross-drilled and slotted would do both, but typically more expensive. So would cross-drilled rotors have held up better than just slotted rotors to the heat of the ceramic pads? Anyone with first-hand knowledge or experience want to chime in?

Thanks, Bob
 

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Oops! I meant pads...... Slotted rotors are supposed to be better than drilled since there is more meat/surface area left on the rotor itself. The slots are to vent hot gasses out so they don't build up between the pad and rotor (less fade due to gas build-up). Coss drilled rotors have less meat and surface area but do disipate heat better but don't stop as good. My race set-up on my S2000 had Hawk HP pads and cobalt racing rotos (which looked just like stock rotors) and hoosier racing slicks, stopped on a dime. They were thicker and made of a higher grade metal to resist warping at higher temps. I have always been told by the hard core trackers, cross drilled or slotted roors are for show/bling.
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I have heard stock rotors being warped by ceramic pads but that could urban legend. I know I smoked up a set of ceramic pads on my durango. So bad that when I took the pads off the pad fell apart like bits of dust to the point the only thing left was the backing plate. Kind of scared me that i was actually driving around on them that way.
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Looking at our rotors I would say stick with them and upgrade the pads if you want more stopping power. As for cotrolling dust, Ceramic is the way to go. It depends on what you want to achieve.
 

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Its called Alzheimer's Disease. And I can't remember whether I have it or not, because I can't remember what the doctor told me last time I was there. Was I there?

Yes, get them chromed! I love the look on my black raven, with the sun sparkling off of the rims. Great contrast against the black. If I had the silver car, I might have stayed with the OEM rims or maybe just had them polished. Note that the chromer specifically states that they will NOT warranty them if you drive around in the winter streets where they salt the roads - my reasoning behind the second set or rims & tires. That and the traction issue. Plus, now I don't have to mess around with the TPMS sensors anymore, since the tires only go back on one way, so they should work fine when I switch them out in December.

Bob

What was the question again?
maybe I could borrow your spare set until mine are done.:thumbsup: I would only need them for 2 or 3 weeks....:bouncy:
 

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Is there a STS-V club? Some of the other car clubs have spare stuff to pass around if needed. If there is a club maybe we could buy a scratched up set of rims as loaners......It's not likely we are going to find a bunch of these cars in the junkyard so finding a used set local to anyone is oging to be next to impossible.. Hence 1 cumminuty set when someone actually does come across a set.
 
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