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#1 Old 05-05-2016
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Looking on Youtube at how others refurb their wheels, I spotted a video where someone bolted the wheel to a car, ran it in gear with the wheel off the ground, and using the wheel hub like the headstock of a lathe, and then cleaning up the burrs by going down through the grades of Emery.

Original thinking at its best, so I intend to give it a go with the car up on an Axle Stand. However if my SLK has an L.S.D. or some kind of traction control kicks in, it'll drive off the other side , okay I can get both wheels up in the air but I suspect it'll shake quite a bit, whereas 1 up and 3 wheels down is do-able and in fact a good way of testing for wheel bearing issues.
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Crikes - even just reading this fills me with fear. VERY dangerous thing to do. Think car rolling off axle stands, running over children, old people, your best mate, the love(s) in your life & those recently planted pansies.
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Crikes - even just reading this fills me with fear. VERY dangerous thing to do. Think car rolling off axle stands, running over children, old people, your best mate, the love(s) in your life & those recently planted pansies.
What he said, never mind what it's going to do to your diff!!

These things are only ever supposed to move very slowly as it is not expected that your wheels will ever turn at very different speeds (for more than a second or two) there are often no real bearings on the gear spindles and it's just metal to metal contact. If you spin only one wheel for the length of time it takes to make good a wheel there will almost certainly be pieces of metal filings flying around in your diff and getting into the gears shortening its life dramatically if it doesn't seize while you are doing it.

Don't do it!

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Brilliant!
But I'm not even remotely considering doing this myself too....
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Yes very good, but I am going to use the axle as a Headstock, not a Wood turning Lathe

So no one knows if it has an LSD, or other built in traction control device ?
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I'm pretty sure it doesn't have an LSD, they're a bit pricey for original equipment but it most probably does have traction control operated by the brakes system.
You'll soon know if you try and drive it with one rear wheel off the ground on a trolley jack. Good luck

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Depends how bad the kerb rash is but you could use a Dremel, I did on a CLK I previously owned and it worked well....at least you're not going to take the chance of the car flying off any axle stands and wiping the neighbourhood out
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O good and gentle Townsfolk of the SLK forum, do not worry, there will be no SLK's flying around the streets, no deaths of your first born, no rivers of blood, or any other catastrophes of biblical proportions. A SLK with no wheel on one side, and a bare wheel spinning on the other, is not going very far. In years gone by using such an arrangement was typical for an enthusiastic Land Rover owner, and I would guess is still used in many parts of the world today.

The diff will always drive one wheel in preference to the other, and I’m expecting the braking effect I’m putting on with 120 grit won’t stop it from turning. I'll keep you all posted from the Hospital
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Okay, for those that are interested, this is where I've got to.........

I discarded the idea of running it on the Jacks idea simply because grovelling on the ground cleaning the wheels was too much like hard work. I did have a brainwave inasmuch as I tried running the wheels on the wife’s Chrysler Voyager, as the wheel arches were so much bigger and being FWD could be turned out to make it easier to get to, but although the pitch pattern fitted, the studs weren’t long enough for the thick flange Merc wheels. At that point it became all too difficult so I stopped.

So back to the drawing board and I cleaned up the wheels off the car. They were all cleaned up and sprayed, and then fitted with Uniroyal Rainsport tyres.

Need to do a few miles before I can comment on their performance .
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Okay, for those that are interested, this is where I've got to.........

I discarded the idea of running it on the Jacks idea simply because grovelling on the ground cleaning the wheels was too much like hard work. I did have a brainwave inasmuch as I tried running the wheels on the wife’s Chrysler Voyager, as the wheel arches were so much bigger and being FWD could be turned out to make it easier to get to, but although the pitch pattern fitted, the studs weren’t long enough for the thick flange Merc wheels. At that point it became all too difficult so I stopped.

So back to the drawing board and I cleaned up the wheels off the car. They were all cleaned up and sprayed, and then fitted with Uniroyal Rainsport tyres.

Need to do a few miles before I can comment on their performance .

Photos?

Interested to hear your opinion of RS3s.
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They look just like what I wanted them to noting that (A) I didn't want a harsher ride from an 18", (B) that their stronger construction suits the gastly potholed roads around here, (C) that I don't have fancy brakes whereby a bigger airgap showed off the Callipers, and (D) they were quite reasonably priced for what they were.

Re the RS3's I need to give them a few more miles, especially when its hissing down, to make a valid comment. However, my choice was from knowing the limitations of my driving, knowing that I'm not going on Trackdays or around the Nordschleife, knowing that the previous tyres, (and I suspect virtually any make tyre of those sizes) were going to be perfect in the dry for what I needed. Lastly to get a tyre that would help grip if I was trying some 'spirted driving' in the wet .
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