BIG UPDATE: My Customized re-barreled BBS RS001 (Round 2)
Previously purchasing my project BBS RS001 from rayray086, it was re barrel by Raymond the man himself from being 15x7 +25 to 15x8 +12.3 using a custom 2 inch lip.
Check out his build blog here: http://raw-works.blogspot.com.au/
After owning it for about 4-5 months I decided that 15x8 +12.3 didn’t meet my standards so I opted for more poke! After some research I ordered my 2.5 inch lip from Germany.
Although 0.5” doesn’t seem to be much but with re- barreling you have to also consider the offset as the offset shifts. So with my 2.5 inch lips I would be going 15x8.5 +6. With these wheel specs I will be trying to fit the wheels with stock camber arms and no pulling or flaring.
It’s been about a month now since I first got my lips delivered from Germany. The delivery was pretty quick which only took 2 weeks nicely packaged. These lips were 2.5 Inch lip for 15" BBS RS's
As some may or may not know, I’m not lazy when it comes down to installing or doing something for my car.
Once my lips have arrived after a worth while 2 weeks wait, the first thing i did was to head over to a tyre shop and got my tyres taken off the BBS's. I wasn't to please with thier job as they had left dent marks on my old BBS lips as well as ripping one beading off an almost new tyre...but i wasn’t too fussed on complaining.
As soon as I got home, I gave the wheels a wash.
When the wheels were dry, I began cutting the old silicone off so that I was able to separate the lip from the barrel,
After the thick silicone was cut out I unbolted the total 120 bolts using air rattle gun and a spanner and used a rubber mallet to separate the lip from the barrel.
As the lips where now interchangeable, I put the 2.5” lip on one of the barrels to mock up and see the difference between the 2”. Although the lip is only 0.5” deeper, it seems to look like there is more than 2.5”s of dish.
Now, all I had do was to take off the rest of the silicone to prep it for paint. Although it was going to be sand blasted, I didn’t want it to be blasted too deep in some areas so I thought I was best to remove most of them myself! In order to get rid of the shit silicone I used a 18V drill and a 3M Scotch Bright which worked like a beauty!
Lip Whore? lol
After it was all prepped and ready to be painted, I found some time to take it to a paint shop which I asked to get it sandblasted and sprayed in Satin Pearl White the new Subaru colour. I didn’t realize this colour would be so expensive… but it was worth it seeing the colour after it was done!
In the time where my wheels were getting painted, I found something very special and rare come up for sale on Ozhonda. I couldn’t resist just watching it get sold so I bought it. This was Du’s old Top Fuel B-C pillar bar/brace which was rare due to its discontinued production. With my wallet getting emptier by the moment here it is!
Waiting for about 2 weeks for my wheels to be done, I get a call that the wheels were done during uni. As soon as I got that message I skipped my lectures and left Penrith uni to go down to Mortdale to pick up my fresly painted wheels. It was the longest F***ing trip because of stupid traffics around 3-4pm.
Heres my wheels fresh and very clean sitting in my car boot.
On the same day, I rushed home and started assembling the wheels as I only had 3 days for the JDMST EOMM at Wholesale Suspension in Penrith.
First thing I started off was to polish and wax my lips so they don’t make watermarks. I used Auto Glym Metal Polish to polish the lips off and then used my Mothers Wax after the polishing. When that was done, I realized there were still thin layers of silicone and sticky stuff on the side of the centre piece. So I used De-Solv-It purchaced at Bunnings to get rid of it! It worked like a treat!
All clean and ready to mate with the lip and bolts!
The paint job wasn’t perfect but was pretty good as the Satin White Pearl required 3 steps to get the colour.
With all the cleaning and polishing, It came to bolting back all the 120 bolts again.
To do so I used: 1 x Torque Wrench, 1 x Ratchet, 1 x 5/16 Spanner, 1 x 5/16 Socket, 1 x 10mm Socket and 2 x Socket Extensions. Using these tools, I bolted all the bolts back on.
Just loving how clean the barrel and lip together looks now!
Almost new looking.
The only thing I left to do was to silicone off the gap between the lip, centre and the barrel. Previously Ray and myself did a good but messy job on the silicone so I did my research and found that all I needed to do was to mask up areas I didn’t want silicone. After doing that I used a caulking gun and evenly distributed the bead of silicone all around the gap of the wheel. Once that was done I used my thumb and guided it along the surface to produce a smooth finish. With all the wheels done I pulled off the masking tape and it came out like a beauty!
The polishing, cleaning, bolting and sealing it with silicone was all done in 5 – 6 hours. All It required now was to sit and dry for 24 hours.
With the silicone all dry, I took it to the tyre shop located in Enfield as I needed to mount the tyres on before the EOMM. The tyre I have chosen was 195/45/15 Nankang NS-2 as I required maximum stretch. It is quite hard finding 195/45…but this tyre shop had a few brands in these sizes. Here are my wheels looking all pretty in daylight.
After my BBS valves stems have been placed the tyre was fitted. Looking at the gap I knew the tyres were going to stretch nicely With all the tyres placed, the Bead blaster was required for 2 wheels and 2 pumped up fine by itself
Straight after the tyres were mounted, I jacked up my car and test fitter the wheel for the first time.
I didn’t think it would fit because it stuck out so much…but with some lowering it magically tucked in F***ing perfect! Couldn’t be any happier with how perfectly it sat. The same thing went with the rears.
There is very little scrubbing on the front fender and also the rear bumper tap but doesn’t bother me as it isn’t bad.
With all the hard work and the money costing me almost a new set of wheels $1.5k , it was well worth it to see the results.