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Wheel Refinishing near Edison (central) New Jersey

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Hey guys, this may be a little off topic but I need some help. This past weekend the wife was driving her dad's 2004 Lexus RX330. Someone cut her off (she claims) and she whacked the curb with the 2 passenger side rims. The rims are scratched about half way around (picture a semi-circle). I wanted to take the car to a wheel refinisher to see if they could be repaired. The car is located in Edison, New Jersey so I was hoping someone could recommend a shop close by. I don't think the wheels are bent because the car still drives fine and the tires didn't take any damage on the sidewalls. Anyone have any shops in mind? Central New Jersey would be best, but if you know of a shop elsewhere (NY,NJ,PA,CT) please feel free to post a reply. On the 2002 front, progress has been real slooooow. Things should pick up at a rapid pace now that summer is just about over on the East Coast. Sorry I missed you guys at Lime Rock. I was away on vacation this year. First one I missed in 3 years.

Anyone running an all black headliner in there car? The only pieces left for me to purchase are a carpet kit and the headliner. I really hate the all white headliner and want to install a black one. Do they even make a black one or do I have to dye it before install. By the way my car is a 1976 with a sunroof. Thanks for your help in advance... David (02unaboy)

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.........try here

go liners...he has any color you'd want

i have an almost new dark gray/black/ 14 piece i'd sell for $125.00 + shipping

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http://www.wheelcollision.com/wccnvent.html

This place is great, but pretty far from Edison. I have to call a friend at the German Car shop in Edison later today and I'll ask Gabe the shop owner if he knows of anything local. If ya ever need a trustworthy shop for a BMW the guys on Rt. 27 in Edison are excellent.

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I used Wheels America in Stantion, CA, but they have locations across the USA. They have on in Farmingdale, NY. Sorry I don't know how far that is from you. They are a flat fee for of $129 per wheel, if it is not chrome. They had my wheel turned around in about 1 day, but they said it could be longer depending on how busy they are. http://fixrim.com/index.htm

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I'll second the recommendation for Wheels America -- very inexpensive, quick and good work. I hit a cast iron manhole inlet raised about 4" above the street at ~45 mph with the wheel pictured below. The street had been stripped of asphalt and the manhole was left unmarked. Ouch. The wheel had a 1/2" deep, 4" wide flat spot from the collision at about 1 o'clock in this picture, which ripped the tire sidewall open as well.

Cosmetically, the damage is now invisible, but apparently a significant amount of material had to be removed, so there's a 2 gram wheel weight now inside the damaged spot -- that's a lot, but the balance job was well done, so even the extra-touchy E28 front suspension doesn't wobble.

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Hi David-

I too would recommend wheel collision center in Bath, PA. Had the OZ's off the R32 straigtened there after some dents (dang low profile tires, I can't wait to drive the 2002 again!). My wheels didn't need refinishing, but when I drove back to pick them up I saw some of their work and it was excellent.

Lehigh valley is a road trip from central jersey (2 hours?). But they do quality work and seemed like a nice bunch. I don't think they can refinish the wheels while you wait though. They may have exchanges, but if you are going that route you might as well find something more local.

no relation to the Gabe above. but that's cool I think I'll stop by his shop sometime when I get the 2002 running again

Gabe in Hightstown, NJ

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