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No, not another what spec are they, or even how much are they worth...

...Just why are they so bloody easy to kerb?! And why is it such a painful noise when it happens?? :cry: When I picked up my 147, there was quite a heavy kerb mark on the drivers side front wheel, across the face of one of the 'dials' - if you will - and today? I managed to effectively rub the entire top of a dial off as I royally buggered up attempting to park.

I can't even blame a stray dog, black ice or even diesel for my coming together with said kerb, I just know I have a ruined alloy and dented ego :(

I had planned on getting them refurbished eventually to remove the original kerbing, but this has sort of sped the process up...question I pose is, do I have them refurbished in OE silver, the anthracite they are in now, or a 'shadow chrome' powdercoat? Fully understand that its my car, my choice, but just wondering what the general consensus is on wheel colour?

Picture of the cars current set-up:



And the chrome powdercoat, as modelled on a friends Golf GTi:



Also, can anyone recommend anywhere that can refurbish wheels to a high standard around London?

So in summary...kind of a pointless post, just felt the need to have a bit of a rant and share the embarrassment :lol:
 

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I've been thinking about getting my 18" GTs done in powder coat chrome - think that would look :cool:
 

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Nice job on the brakes. :thumbs:
 

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Hmm...now I'm further confused having seen those bright silver ones! I really like the stealthy look the anthracite and cosmos give together, but part of me fancies a change.

And I wouldn't wish it on anyone! As soon as I heard it start to grate I just thought 'oh no, this is going to be bad'.*

*Bad language may have been omitted from this sentence :lol:
 

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i went with the silver becuase i don't think dark wheels would have suited the colour of my car for some reason. they are brighter silver than the standard colour the wheels were originaly :)
 

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Totally understand, the wife did mine so she paid for a refurb :D
 
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I got mine refurbed in bright silver as I wanted to keep the car as original as possible, but I never liked the dull silver of the factory finish. Mine look very similar to LJ's.

However, I think the anthracite would look great aginst the cosmos blue :cool:...............as would bright silver :thumbs:
 

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I think a brighter silver suits dark cars better. I intend to get mine done in the next couple of months and have a colour similar to the door handles.
 

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No, not another what spec are they, or even how much are they worth...

...Just why are they so bloody easy to kerb?! And why is it such a painful noise when it happens?? :cry: When I picked up my 147, there was quite a heavy kerb mark on the drivers side front wheel, across the face of one of the 'dials' - if you will - and today? I managed to effectively rub the entire top of a dial off as I royally buggered up attempting to park.

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I think the type of tyres you use also make a difference.... Some makes have a special protection against kerbing....(extra thick rubber ring)
 

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I always drop the passenger mirror right down when I reverse or parallel park so I can see exactly where the alloys are in respect to the kerb
 

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My 156 gta is cosmos blue and i have toyed with the idea of anthracite wheels but this mock up photo kindly done for me by someone on here (sorry but i forget who) swayed me to keep them silver :thumbs:
 

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I always drop the passenger mirror right down when I reverse or parallel park so I can see exactly where the alloys are in respect to the kerb
I had to fit blind spot mirrors as the mirror doesn't drop enough to see the wheel unless I sat on the centre console.

But a GTV is worse then the GTA with it's huge blind spots.
 
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