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Who can narrow aluminum wheels

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flipper, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
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    I had an idea to cut these FWD Halibrand wheels down into skinny 18" wheels. ....and mount some skinny bias plys on the front and 8.20-18 dirt track tires on the rear.

    Anybody know who can do it? and what it would cost?

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  2. aussiesteve
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    Eric Vaughn in Monrovia Ca could do that.
    Google should come up with his contact info
     
  3. There is a place in Michigan, will see if i still have a link.
     
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  5. Dirtyest Devil
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    Wheelworks in NJ... Tim rules!
     
  6. pan-dragger
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    tru-design wheel in denver should be able to help. it won't be cheap though.
    303-422-5090
     
  7. loogy
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  8. swade41
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    from buffalo,ny

    In Buffalo, Ny area call Carl

    Suburban Industries
    Serving Buffalo1256 Tonawanda St
    Buffalo, NY 14207-1043


    (716) 876-7861
     
  9. nemlio65
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    Who does this in the Mass or New England area?Good stuff!:cool:
     
  10. fab32
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    Eric Vaughn is the first name that came to mind as he has done this a number of times. Don't know if he is still doing it or not but if he is there is none better.

    Frank
     
  11. pan-dragger
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    i thought eric vaughn retired from the wheel game.
     
  12. Eric is still doing it. Contact him at 626-358-6413.

    111 N. Myrtle Ave.
    Monrovia,ca.

    And yes, there is no one better.
     
  13. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
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    Is this a 2 piece wheel ( center welded to the rim ), and if so, would that be harder to narrow?
     
  14. don-vee
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    +1 on Wheelworks in NJ. Amazing craftsmanship.
     
  15. hemisteve
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
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    Seriously, I just logged on so I could PM you to see if you might want to sell that set (saw them earlier today on my wheel thread from a while back) to do the EXACT same thing!

    Steve
     
  16. 327-365hp
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    That's a big wheel, isn't that going to require a big lathe?
     
  17. Dolmetsch
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    I have widened lots of steel ones back inthe day. cut them on a brake drum lathe with a tool bit I made. My pal wanted to widen his aluminum wheels so they copied how i do my steel. Incidently I just bought those aluminum ones for my HEmi jeEP. He has raced them since the 90s. I know you want to narrow but the proceedure is the same Any mods wider or narrower need to be done in the area where the wheel is similar diameter but it should not be a big deal for any machine shop to cut them for you. A good welder can certainly stitch them back together in no time. Hope you take pics along the way.
    Don
     

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