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Old 06-02-2017, 02:27 PM   #57
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So I've had this in the works for quite some time and wasn't sure if it was actually going to happen, but then it finally did...

If you get a chance, read the full feature on my Golf R here:

LESS IS MORE // BRIAN JENSEN’S FITTED MK6 R.









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Old 06-02-2017, 02:27 PM   #58
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Machined .150" off the barrels on my buddy's Bridgeport so I won't rub through my shocks in the rear. The wheels are all apart right now so they can get a full clean and re-polish before I coat them all with Adam's Polish's Ceramic Wheel Coating. I'm hoping this will prevent the need to constantly re-polish the lips during the season and that it'll make cleaning them a whole lot easier too.



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Old 06-02-2017, 02:28 PM   #59
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No pictures, but last night I worked on the wheels some more. I sanded down the machined surfaces and sharp edges on 3/4 wheels and also got the pesky old wheel weight gum off the barrels. I have a little less than a month left until these need to be back on the car so I'm trying to utilize all the time that I have. Next on the list is finishing the last barrel, re-sanding/buffing/polishing all the lips, and then finally a degreaser cleaning to prep them for ceramic coating.
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:28 PM   #60
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This weekend I sanded all the lips back down to 3k grit and re-polished them twice. I'll have to take a picture of them before I move on with what's next. Speaking of that, my Adam's Polish Ceramic Coating came in on Friday so the next step will be to wipe everything down with a degreaser to make sure it's spotless, and then I'll be coating the barrels, centercaps, centers, and lips in that order. Kinda nervous about the coating. I'm hoping all that polishing work won't have to get redone if I mess up the coating. The hope is that I'll start with the less seen or harder to notice components first so I can get some practice before I move onto the lips.
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:28 PM   #61
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I read through some forum posts and other locations and people seemed to have success with it.

EDIT: Forum Post #34 on Pg. 2 of Adam's Polishes Website and also from their website:

"Adam's Polishes Ceramic Wheel Coating is an extremely durable 9H ceramic wheel coating designed to protect wheels from harsh brake dust and make clean-up even easier! Use it on most wheel finishes including paint, powder coat, chrome, and polished aluminum to help maintain shine longer. This coating may add undesirable amounts of gloss to matte and satin finish wheels."
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Old 06-02-2017, 02:29 PM   #62
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Got everything ceramic coated finally and let everything cure for 48hrs. Yesterday during the big snowstorm we got, I sprayed everything down with the provided ceramic boost and dry fit all the components together. I was also able to get two of them fully bolted and torqued and that's where I stopped for the day. I was going to do a video showing how hydrophobic the surface is but I didn't want to worry about effecting the thread lock with water while it set up. I'll make a video the next time I go to bolt the remaining two wheels together.

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Old 06-02-2017, 02:29 PM   #63
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nice car! dig that splitter and the custom fab work.
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:50 PM   #64
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nice car! dig that splitter and the custom fab work.
Thanks man I appreciate that.
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Old 07-26-2017, 01:44 PM   #65
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Worked on a template for Side Skirt Splitters to match the front Splitter this weekend. Sags a little in the picture but only because I didn't have all the fasteners in and it'll be made of 3/8" thick HDPE.

Can't wait to get these on my R.

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Old 08-24-2017, 02:02 PM   #66
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Test fit the new prototype Side Skirt Splitter on the Golf R yesterday. It needs a little tweaking but it will compliment the front Splitter really well IMO.



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Old 02-07-2018, 10:27 AM   #67
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Sometime around October I decided this wheel setup had run its course. I love them and will always love them, but when you have to worry about loosing clearance to your calipers just by putting new pads on you start to look for other options. This is around the time that I started digging everywhere for a particular set of centers that I knew was going to be really hard to source.

When you're desperate enough for a rare spec on a set of wheels you end up making connections with people who weirdly have what you need in stock. In Europe a lot of older OEM wheels are stored for long periods of time until someone like me shows up and wants to buy them. I wish that was the case here in the US and I'm not entirely sure why it happens.

Luckily after a month or so I made contact with a guy in Russia that had them in his barn... then another guy contacted me (also from Russia) with the same set of centers in the same spec. The smart thing to do would have been to pick the best set and go with that... but I'm not that guy... so I bough both sets. :rofl

It took about a month for everything to show up, but it all finally did in multiple packages (I think it was 3 in the end) from Russia.



So, I'm not entirely sure how long I'll last keeping these a secret, but I do know what the sizes are going to be. I'm going back to tucking b/c I want to have my fenders fixed and I want to go as low as I can... driving. So, here are the sizes I'm going for:

Stock Body (This season):
19"x9"et45 Square (1.5" Lips)

1.5" Wide Body (Hopefully next year):
19"x10.5"et26 Square (3.0" Lips)

These wheels will also be up-sized with 18" centers because I think the face to lip ratio looks so good with a conversion.

Can't wait to have these built. The centers are already in the mail to Nick's B&P to have some work done.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:27 AM   #68
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Here are my measurements for the new setup:

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Old 03-23-2018, 08:52 AM   #69
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New fenders have been ordered and showed up at the shop yesterday. I also had the 17" polished OZ center replacement powder cleared and that should be ready for pickup today. So plan is to go grab fenders and that center this afternoon and finish putting together last years setup.

Next week I'll be stopping by my painter's shop to figure out what it's going to run me to get my new front fenders painted, and my rear quarters fixed. They're missing some paint and are a little deformed from the staceboi fitment I had the last two years. Can't wait to clean that up.

I also have lips and barrels on order for the new wheels, but that's a 4-6 week lead time so those will be done anytime between 4/9 and 4/23. I think I have everything else I need for that wheel build except for the assembly bolts and tires. I'm trying to get OEM bolts, but I may be forced to run newer chrome ones this season if that doesn't pan out.

As for tires, I plan to run the Nitto NT555's in 225/35-19 next year. I've read great things about them and I loved their NeoGen's as I've run those for several years. Plus I'm looking for a lot more grip this year without the camber to take away from that.



I'll make sure to post photos of the 17"-18" Futura's once they're all back together and ready to be sold. Gonna be sad to see them go, but I need to pay myself back for all the cash I'm out on the new setup.
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:32 AM   #70
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My OZ Futura's are officially for sale:

FS: OZ Futura, 18"x10"et26, Fully Polished (17"->18" Conversion)
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