Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Wheels and Tyres

Well, busy and productive day today, if a little expensive! I was expecting a call anytime soon to say that the first 2 alloy wheels I ordered were ready for collection, so I have been thinking about tyres alot recently! The size I wanted (205/65/15) would keep the same rolling radius as 185/14 (i.e, original Stag Wheels) and they are a little expensive so I've been shopping around for the right deal. I was in Stoke on Trent for business today and on the way back I remembered a little independent tyre dealer I used to use when I was at University nearby in the mid 1990's. I managed to remember where it was and dropped in. They are still trading and they even remembered me! His opening words where, "That's a bit of an improvement to that old Triumph you had!".................... I decided not to judge him too much!
Long story short, he had a matched set of 4 on the shelf, and they had been ordered but never collected so he was willing to cut a deal on them. Not exactly high brand, but made under licence by Avon, so a decent make. All 4, in the boot of the Audi, £38 each! Bargain!
 On the way back home the phone rang, and it was Revolution Wheels to say that my 5 spoke Revvies were ready for collection! Deep joy, especially as I was about 2 miles from the turn off for Tamworth! 10 minutes later I arrived at SCC/Revolution and handed over my credit card....... again! we had a chat and it turns out they make bottom ball joints for the Stag/2000 range on the same premises. As an apology for the 4 week wait (which didn't bother me, but I wasn't going to tell him that!) he gave me a pair! That's £25 saved then! We loaded the boxes into the car, which by now was getting rather full!, and I trundled home, determined not to look at the wheels until I got home.
 Purists, look away now. This is final proof that there will be no gold minilights on my car! I am so chuffed with these, I have always wanted a set and now I have got the first 2 and I'm over the moon with them. they are going to look the mutt's nut's on Libby!
 So, these are actually the one for the front in 7x15. I am going to reassemble and install the rear suspension (minus springs and shocks) and then fit these wheels and tyres on the back, to measure the new offset needed to fill the flared rear arches. Then I can order the rears from Revolution to get ones that fill the arches but don't catch. Ordered a set of nuts of fleabay to hold them on........ can't wait to get them on and see what they look like!


Tonny said...

Hello alan :-9 Great project you are doing. Nice to follow. The wheels i think will look great on your Triumph. Best regards tonny/Denmark

Alan Chatterton said...

Thank you! Its getting to be hard work and expensive, but I can't wait to finish!
Keep watching!

Nitrogen Tyre Inflation said...

This is really nice. I hope I could see the result of your project. I'll keep in touch.