Are You Going To Redo Your Wheels?
Photography by Afshin Behnia, Edward Marius, & Courtney Cutchen
One of the hidden benefits of working for Petrolicious is that I am essentially in a constant dialogue with “the community”. I get to meet die hard car enthusiasts from all walks of life who have extremely deep opinions on what exactly I should do with each nut, bolt, and grille on my car. “Shave the rain gutters down!” “Backdate the bumpers, man!” are regular phrases I hear from mostly positive Porsche guys when I pop by the shop on a Sunday afternoon. All fine recommendations, but never have I more consistently seen polarization than when I talk to people about redoing my wheels.
Here in L.A., it seems everyone knows a guy who knows a guy who does the best “wheelwork you’ve ever seen”.
There’s always a reference to a guy with a “3 year waiting list” to redo Fuchs, who for an ungodly amount of money will happily take my original, patina’d 15-inch wheels and make them better than new. It’s an attractive offer, but I can’t quite make up my mind about what I should do with them, and I have a feeling there’s a few people out there like me.
So, are you going to redo your wheels? Or, perhaps more usefully, how did yours turn out?