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    Image Wheels

    It is that time in the build process when the wheels need to be ordered. I realise that wheels are a very personal choice and I have decided to go with the Image wheels GTD5's in 17 inch. I understand that for my Pilgrim build with Granada running gear then 7 inch front and 8.5 inch rears are the recommended. I believe that the internal rims come anodized but you can also have the outer rims anodized. I want my car to be used and not just a weekend car and I am afraid that I am not likely to spend hours each week polishing and cleaning my car, therefore the anodized outer rims sound attractive.

    I understand that the anodized rims loose the bright polished look but I would like to know if others have had this option and if they have been pleased with the look and if the wheels are much easier to maintain. Also, those with un-anodized outer rims are they difficult to maintain the polished finish?

    As always I appreciate your views

    James
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    I have Image wheels un-anodized with black centres. I have no problems with keeping them clean and they look almost new some 28 years old ! I dont run on salty winter roads. If you are looking to use the car through the winter months then anodized might be the best route.
    My maintenance is polish twice a year and before winter storage give them a good polish and leave a coating of body wax on them as I do with my chrome work.
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    I've had anodised image rims on fir about 18 years and use the car a year round, it gets a bucket of water chucked in the vague direction of the car a couple of times a year.. Rims are still good so I'd happily recommend them.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon1d View Post
    I have Image wheels un-anodized with black centres. I have no problems with keeping them clean and they look almost new some 28 years old ! I dont run on salty winter roads. If you are looking to use the car through the winter months then anodized might be the best route.
    My maintenance is polish twice a year and before winter storage give them a good polish and leave a coating of body wax on them as I do with my chrome work.
    Plus 1! Exactly the same except mine are even older!

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    Had my 15'' Images with black centres since 96 with no problems .
    I don't do much winter driving when there is salt on the roads so
    that proberbly helps, what I have done is to use either, never seize or
    copperslip on all the contact points with the hubs along with the wheel
    nuts .
    This is something that I carry out with any car that I own, I just don't
    want to be stuck on the m25 with wheels that you would need to
    wrestle with when the wind and rain is on your back .
    What I would also do, is make sure you use the correct torque for these
    type of wheels and definatly do not over torque them, I have heard of
    cracking .
    Good luck with what you choose, I would be happy to go with Image
    again.
    Chris.

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    Thank you for your feedback.

    I have had a chat with Image Wheels again today and they have been very helpful. They are going to send me a picture of a polished wheel and an anodized wheel side by side so I can see the differences in the two finishes. I am currently airing on the anodized as I want to use my car all year around and are unlikely to have the time to maintain the polished rims.
    Granada based Pilgrim Sumo with RV8 - May 2017
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    Mine have polished rims but if I did it again they would be anodized

    Paul

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    I had unprotected rims to begin with but like you I'm not known for polishing and I do use it all year around. I had to split my rims and have them professionally polished before having them anodized due to sault damage and pitting. Had all this done about 6 years ago and since they were anodized, they have been great worth every penny should of got them that way to begin with.
    Martin

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    Ordered mine today from Image but i'm going for black powder coated.
    Thanks,

    Grumbleweed

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    I ordered mine yesterday and decided to go with the anodized, from the comments above this sounds like the right decision.

    I now have 10 weeks to decide what tyres to put on them!!! I went with 17 inch wheels and was advised that for my Pilgrim MK3 (Granada running gear) I need 7 inch on the front and 8.5 on the rear.
    Granada based Pilgrim Sumo with RV8 - May 2017
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