Update on refurbishing MGBGTV8 Dunlop composite wheels

Since releasing the NEWS item below on 3rd April 2018, several members have been trying to find other specialist wheel refurbishers who can offer a good quality refurbishment service for Dunlop composite wheels. Here we have an update.

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Update on refurbishment of Dunlop composite wheels
Since our NEWS item on refurbishing Dunlop composite wheels released in April 2018, two companies offering a refurbishment service have been found by fellow members. Both do not offer a complete service but require the customer to arrange for rechroming the steel rims. That involves taking the steel rims (once split from the alloy centres) to a rechroming company and arranging for the rechroming themselves. Once the rechromed wheels are done, then the customer has to get the rims returned to the refurbisher for the reassembly of the wheels. As far as we can find it seems the refurbishers may have concerns over liabilities that might arise from the rust removal and rechroming of the rims. The net effect it's not a convenient service for a V8 enthusiast wanting their Dunlop composites refurbished. An additional factor is the time taken for the rechroming can sometimes be many weeks if not a couple of months. During that time their MGBGTV8 is up on axle stands and not available for use on the road.

Two fellow MGBGTV8 enthusiasts are doing practical research on one refurbisher who they believe provides both a good quality service and a pleasant customer contact too. As soon as we have their feedback we will release it as it is clear getting original Dunlop composites refurbished is becoming a real frustration for an increasing number of MGBGTV8 owners - and I believe also Reliant Scimitar owners with a similar wheel with a slightly different offset. Another company offering a refurbishment service have an advert which many might feel is forthright and in some respects blunt. Their requirement that a customer has to arrange their own rechroming of the steel rims does not come over very well when you read the way they express that aspect. So far we have had no feedback from any fellow member who has had their Dunlop composites refurbished with that company.

All-alloy Dunlop composite lookalikes
Checking with Clive Wheatley he says he has sold many sets of his resourced 15" all-alloy lookalikes but his investigations into possibly producing a 14" all-alloy lookalike has revealed a difficulty with providing room for the standard brake caliper. So for the time being further progress with resourcing an all-alloy 14" lookalike is unfortunately halted.

Refurbishing the Dunlop composite wheels on an MGBGTV8 is a job a relatively few specialists can undertake. Until a few years ago, Motor Wheel Service International based at Langley east of Slough offered a refurbishment service but sadly they decided to cease providing it. So far we have not heard of an alternative refurbisher with the necessary skills to undertake thorough and professional refurbishments of Dunlop composite wheels.

What is involved in refurbishing Dunlop composite wheels?
The refurbisher has to disassemble the wheel by splitting the steel rim from the alloy centre, examine the rim to assess its condition, re-chrome the rim and then reassemble the wheel with new rivets. Depending on the state of the rims there may be additional work but in most cases an experienced wheel refurbisher can achieve an airtight seal on reassembly. Often a good refurbisher will provide a free reporting service on the wheels at the outset to enable the customer to consider the options. It's specialist work and the typical cost of refurbishing a wheel has been around £365 plus VAT and freight. But it's difficult work that only an experienced refurbisher can undertake.

What are an MGBGTV8 owner's options?
The first option is to avoid the need for a wheel refurbishment, so maintaining your wheels is essential. Keep them clean by removing road grime promptly and when the car is garaged make sure the wheels are dry. For extended periods in the garage spray the chrome rims and joints with the alloy centres with Plusgas or similar treatment to avoid any surface rust setting in from dampness in the air. Another useful measure is to keep the air moving around the car when kept in a closed garage - I use a table fan placed in front of the offside wing which is plugged into an electrical timer so twice a day a good breeze blows through and under the car for 20 to 30 minutes per session.

If your Dunlop composites have developed serious corrosion on the steel chromed rims, then what replacement alternatives are available?

Replacement options for Dunlop composite wheels?
You have three replacement options:

1. Advertise for a set of used Dunlop wheels in good condition
Adverts placed by members on the V8 Spares for Sale or Wanted webpage on the V8 Website have brought success for many fellow members, so it is well worth a try. Just contact the V8 Webmaster with the text of your advert. It's free to V8 Register members. See the V8 Spares for Sale or Wanted website

2. Replace with the all-alloy lookalike wheel from Clive Wheatley
Clive Wheatley, a leading MGV8 parts and services provider, has sourced new all-alloy wheels that look very close to the original steel and alloy composite wheel. Currently it's only available in a 15" size (compared with the original wheel at 14") so fitting the 15" wheel will need a different tyre choice. All-alloy replacement wheels

3. Replace with a set of 14" Minilites wheels
They are a classic wheel for cars of the sixties and seventies and are much liked by many MGV8 enthusiasts.
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