Thursday, 27 February 2014

SSR EX-C Fin Restoration - Pt.2

Continuing on somewhat from my previous post on these here.. Fixing up a set of old 4x100 SSR EX-C Fins.
I had bought these wheels with the intention (from the get-go) to re-barell these into better sizes. Fortunately for me, the EX-C use SSR's standard 20-bolt mounting flange pattern.. so I could simply browse the huge selection of comparatively-affordable SSR Mesh, until I found what I wanted!

As I had written before:
"These wheels are original 4x100, 14x6 +40, full reverse, complete and unrestored. Because of the high offset, these are the 'full reverse' style - and as a result technically have the standard 15" face.
..So.. reverse means that the face is mounted in what would be the back of the barrel, then full reverse as its the biggest face that could possibly fit."

SO.. I set about finding a set of 15" Reverse mesh. A high enough offset to have the valve behind the mounting face (these EX-C faces are the high-offset style, without the valve clearance), and with the full mounting flange behind the faces - 80's SSR style - to match a set of EX-C Mesh I have.

.. And this is what I found..

SSR Reverse Mesh
15 x 6.5 +32

Shopping for a basic SSR Mesh means I had the opportunity to buy the nicest set I could. The other search criteria I had narrowed things down a bit, but these ones were in great shape for their age.

The full mounting flange..

Always interesting seeing the 5-stud face design..

Manufacture date is spot on..

The slight oxidation on everything is from the cleaner I use. Its easier to pull these things apart if they're clean!

A short while later..
All apart, and neatly laid out becausewhynot!

The only part I'm after.. even the fasteners are no good to me. The SSR Mesh fasteners.. for whatever reason.. are larger and in higher numbers than most other SSR wheels.

Like it was meant to be, no?

The last part for me to strip were the plates that mount under the collar. On top of badly needing a repaint anyway, they were the wrong colour. I'm going for the full white face with black accesories, so off comes this paint...
Much neater. There's a few gouges and marks in these, but no issue. Should turn out nice enough.
Next up I'll show how I go about repainting these..

Otherwise, all good for now. These barrels will be going off to get the lips repolished, I need to chase down some new valves, organize getting the faces stripped and repainted, and so on..

Repost upon repost.. but 80's-spec EX-C inspiration again...!


  1. hi just wanted to say i love your blog, i was wondering if you can help me, im doing the same swap from 14 to 15 using the same size fins. im just have a hard time figuring out what barrel will will fit. i know i need a Reverse barrels but how can i tell if its a FF or RF barrel

    1. Fortunately for you, this face bolt patten is BY FAR SSR's most common. It could be a set of Hiro's, Defi', Hart Fin/Mesh, etc.. but simply browsing for 15" Reverse Mesh should get you most of the way there!
      Easily recognisable by the finger-width gap between the face and the lip.. and either full-flange or castellated..

      Make sure you keep an eye on the valve position. Like my EX-C faces above, yours too will likely have no valve clearance on the front of the face, forcing you into the higher offset barrels (with the valve hole BEHIND the lip). Theres nothing stopping you getting the clearance machined in now before you paint/polish/powdercoat the faces, but keep this in mind.

      If you want clarification on a specific set of wheels, I'm more than happy to help.

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    4. Those are Formula Mesh; and although it looks SO close, I couldnt say it'd work with much confidence.
      Another way to pick a reverse mesh would be the valve position, which will be on the flat section of the barrel/lip, rather than the slant of the hump like on that Formula Mesh.
      I just had a quick browse and couldnt see a set similar (price wise), but they definitely come up!

      As for the EX-C's above, I *did* do a part 3..

  2. Thanks RdS for the reply, the part " finger-width gap between the face and the lip" makes a lot sense.

    so im guessing the things to look for is a 20 bolt reverse barrel. and correct me if im wrong but the face should measure out to be 13.5 inches ..compared to the full face ssr that that measure 14.5
    can you let me know if these would work
    thanks again BTW im still waiting to see the finish rim :)