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Old 08-20-2015, 10:37 PM   #1
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Red face Building New Wheels - E36 3pc Gotti Thread (Info Heavy)

I guess im becoming the wheel guy on here, last winter i posted a thread about the style 5s i refinished from start to finish, but now im on to the next thing

I picked up a set of 3 pc Gotti G1001 wheels from a friend of mine, the wheel specs were 17x9.5 2' lips, 7.5' barrels all the way around, here is a picture of when i went to test fit them.
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Once they got home...yes.. that is bathroom caulking used to seal the wheels.... they were... well... "off yelloworangegold?" is that a color???

Anyway, my plans for them were pretty simple, take them apart, get centercaps, powdercoat them, and lastly bigger lips and smaller barrels!!
...Much easier said than done..well sorta

I was told sourcing center caps for these wheels would be hell, and that they would be hundreds of dollars for a full set....quite the contrary actually! I emailed Gotti directly and simply asked if they could point me in the right direction, long story short, he asked me for my address so he could send me a set... the elusive centercaps that would be impossible to find and cost hundreds of dollars, cost me an email, 72 euros, (around 85 dollars), and 2 weeks wait time given Gotti is headquartered in France.

one step checked off the list.

Next step was sourcing 30 hole, lips and barrels, finding Gotti lips and barrels and lips in the sizes i was looking for was next to impossible, Given Gotti was a French racing wheel company (and these wheels being from the early 90s, (january of 91 to be exact!) deep shiny lips were not in style, and being racing wheels, not really needed!

A site located in Germany called FelgenFuchs.com (roughly translates to Wheel/Rim Fox) had some lips that would work on these faces, ACT a company of Ronal, made a 30 hole lip and barrel that was what i was looking for, Ronal, who bought out Gotti, also owned ACT, long story short different name, same barrel/lip sizes, same parent company.

after tracking down the owner of these wheels 3 owners ago..I found out that these wheels were originally drilled for a Corvette or a Camaro and at some point to 5x120.. so French wheels, made for an American car, now on a German car??? lol ill take it!

So 4 6' barrels and 2 3' lips were ordered! (this is where the stress starts...)

July 21st i purchased the lips/barrels
July 28th the Lips/Barrels shipped
July 31st the Lips/barrels Left Germany

and that was the last update i received......
I called DHL and asked them if they could give me any more information, and i came up dry, basically they had told me that once the wheels made it to the US they would go into USPS hands and i would get a second tracking number...and thats about it. Given that the wheels had to go through customs in both Germany and the US it is very possible they are sitting somewhere in the states just waiting to be cleared, DHL also had told me that Germany x USA shipping time sometimes breaks the month long mark. Guess all i can do is wait huh?

step 2 / 3 checked off (almost?)

lastly. the powdercoat >

i wanted something that would stay vaguely in the "OEM+ range" nothing that said "HEY LOOK AT MY RARE WHEELS BRO " but something that wouldn't go unnoticed. I Called Killer Koatings located just south of Cincinnati in Kentucky and he told me to come down to the shop to look at all the color selections he had, so i did, and i was sold in about 3 min on a color.
The color i chose was Kingsport Grey, one of his most popular colors (and with good reason
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as you can see very different color in direct sunlight and the shade and the "half/half" lighting

step 3/3 checked off.

and thats about as far as my progress has come, waiting on only the lips and barrels to get here, hell i even have the correct wheel sealant at my house ready to seal! lol Anyway, Final results will be 17x8 fronts and 17x9.5 rears, ET is unknown...for now! Hope you guys like them as much as i do!
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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I can't wait to see these finished! I had no idea how much work you were putting into these things!
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Maybe I can pick up a few tidbits from this thread, thanks for creating it.

My case is different. Recently, I acquired a second-hand set of never-used HRE wheels that were made in a rather unusual concoction. All of them have the same width, 9.5", but the front pair have different lip, barrel, and dish contour compared to the rear pair which resulted in different offsets. To make matter worse, the centers need a different PCD drilled.

I want to create a set with 11" or 11.5" width out of them and I can mix and match lips and barrels to create a pair, but I will need another combination of lips and barrels to create the other pair. Right now, these are in the back burner. This winter would be a good time to start.
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Tits. Looks nice, Rob. Hope to see these rolling around town soon.
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I love the wheels!
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Cant wait man! I'm definitely glad I'm not building my wheels again. Did that twice, never again lol.
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Unfortunate update....
DHL has lost my package containing the lips and barrels... They are opening a search to attempt to find the package, but until they either A. Find the package or B. Deem it lost, I'm sitting here in limbo, no lips, no barrels, the package was insured, but I advise if anyone needs something shipped out the country (or into the country) don't use DHL I've read multiple reports of this happening more often than it should.


I'll update you guys as soon as I get info...
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lame...

always had good luck with DHL going international. hope they find it :/
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Well here is a very belated update, but a very positive one at that, September 21st randomly a mysterious, haggard box arrived on my doorstep with some fancy german words on it...


Daisy was interested in the smells from her homeland!


but alas the long lost lips and barrels finally had arrived at my house without damage!

(dont make fun of my elephant, he is sensitive)

Fancy hipster photo of 3' vs 1.5' lips for front and rear


And finally a DSLR photo <3

first time being on the car

meat..or call it what it really is.... they dont fit

17x9.5 et 12 is what the rears equal out to ... but much for an e36 but no worries, if they dont fit, make them fit right?

little before and after....


and setting it on the ground post fender pull...

(yes, im going to straighten that fender out..)

"oh you have ruined such an amazing automobile by destroying those fenders and slamming it to the ground it must scrape everywhere oh no..."
You are absolutely correct! it does scrape a lot, and the fenders are pulled and wavy, but i dont care, its just a 328i, not a fancy M, its a daily driver with 215k miles on it, oh well...

oh side note too, its getting supercharged this winter so stay tuned
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and setting it on the ground post fender pull...

(yes, im going to straighten that fender out..)
Rob - more info? I need to do the same thing to my rear's so I can clear 255/40/17's. Did the paint crack?
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