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Old 12-01-06, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am very new to the forum. I found this site a lot of helpful informations for my 94 G2 GS sedan. There are a lot of experiences members outhere. I've been trying to call at least 50 machine shops around local town here in Houston, TX to find down if they can bore out my 03 TLS wheel to 70.1mm @ a fraction of $$$ to fit my 94 G2 GS sedan with no luck. Please help if any one knows. I would much appreciated.

Does anybody know of a good machine shop in Houston Texas that will bore out my 03 TL-s Wheels?

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I used a place called Luna Machine, on Royalton in the Bellaire area.
The owners name is Al, they were $40 each. He had to redo a couple of them so he might not be to receptive, but give him a call, 713-668-1701.
BTW: Welcome to the forum. What area of town?

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Old 12-03-06, 05:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for the info and I will give him a call later. I live in the norheast side of Houston, actual is in Humble area. What area is yours?
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dont call machine shops ... call the larger wheel and tire shops and ask if the have a lathe (pronounced lay-th) to bore wheel.

Should NOT cost you more than $25 wheel.
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I'm inside the loop close to the Galleria. Another place to check would be American Wheel and Tire on Hempstead Highway.
Speak to Carnell only and ask who he uses. Tell him Wayne with the blue SS truck referred you.
I bought my 22's from him when he was on the north side.
BTW: Machine shops use lathes, that's where the wheel shops send rims to to be bored. Standard practice.

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Old 12-04-06, 01:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you all for replying my message. This moring I called serveral tire and wheel repair shops around Houston and including the two recommended ones from "nightshift". But they still cost a little more to do this standard practice work. After 10 called to Tire and Wheel repair, refinishing shops. I finally got a very good deal on boring my 17" TLS is $25.00 per wheel. The place that I called located near I45 and West Tidwell Rd offerred me a very good quote. A member from Toronto was right about who to call: "Tire and Wheel shop not machine shop". I will go and see this gentleman soon. More update later on.

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Thank you all for replying my message. A member from Toronto was right about who to call: "Tire and Wheel shop not machine shop".
Glad I could help. The wheel and tire shop that bored mine out charged me $25/wheel ..... but I bought tires from him after and he threw the boring in free ..... if you need a set of tires, ask him to do the boring out free, he'll probably do it.

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I'll try. Thanks for your advice.
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BTW: Machine shops use lathes, that's where the wheel shops send rims to to be bored. Standard practice.

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No one's arguing about what tool they use; the advice that some wheel & tire shops have in-house lathes and would be willing to do it for cheaper _is_ useful.

After all, its sounds like these larger wheel & tire shops more vertically integrated keep more of the "soup to nuts" business and would view your request as 'extra margin' whereas a machine shop is going try to re-coup their standard hourly rate.

Obviously, a W&T shop that farms the work out to machine shop will be more expensive and add a bit of margin to cover their overhead.

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I used a place called Luna Machine ..... they were $40 each. He had to redo a couple of them.
So you went to the WRONG place, OVERPAID and got a LOUSY job done.
Do you have any other good ideas, lol.
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OK members. Here is the 03 TLS wheel boring update: Today I have my wheel sucessfully bored out by a professional machine shop here in Houston I must say. The center bore out on the wheel looks very smooth and clean, and they said that they used lathe machine to do the work and followed the specifications from the members in this forum 70.1mm and 1/2" depth. I came inside their shop and noticed that they worked nothing else but wheels up to 22'' or even bigger sizes who knows (wheels boring, add spacers, add more studs to wheels 4 become 5 studs...). As far as the metal was taken away from the center hole of my wheels, I don't see any weaken at all. I don't know yet how the fitting on the centric hub will be, just wait and see. To my experiences, when I called W&T shops, most of them will take my order but they won't do the work instead of giving orders to machine shop to do, that is why costs more, until I was lucky reffered to a machine shop directly by one of W&T shops and the cost cheaper then. W&T shops know the connections but we don't. Don't waste your times like me to call many machine shops with no hopes, but call this number below if new members locally interested in this MOD to their G2 Legend (713-691-6728 Baker Blackie Machine Works). (Please post the thread if members find the better deals locally: $25.00/wheel or less).

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Hello members,

About a month ago, I jointed this forum to search for help to bore out my 02 TLS wheels to fit my G2 Legend GS here in Houston. The next day I've received feedbacks from members to help me to find out the right place to bore out TLS wheels successfully. And here is the updates: the ride is still smooth as my GS stock. New tires size: Yokohama YK520 225/45/17. This is my first MOD, more DIY to come: Gentex mirror, Hella DE micro foglights with OEM fog light SW, BMW X5 amber side markers will be embeded into both fender side moldings (these items are sitting in my garrage now), HID systems, burwood MDX shift knob. I took some new and old pictures of my ride (95K miles continue counting) and would like to share with all of you fellas. Please welcome to input any comments or suggestions. Thanks,

Note: My car is original black, but I involved in left corner front fender accident a year and half ago, I fixed them up by myself afterward because other driver paid me some cash to buy hood, front bumper and driver side fender from yunk yard costed me about $120.00. Also I bought headlight assembly from Ebay for $40.00, not bad, and saved the rest of cash for a new black paint in 3 areas in the near future.













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You came out good on the wheel boring, have to put that guy in my PDA, I have a few more TL's I need to have bored.
Car looks great with the TLS rims...

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So you went to the WRONG place, OVERPAID and got a LOUSY job done.
Do you have any other good ideas, lol.
(Sorry but really !)
Always got to be at least one smartass....
Didn't hide the the fact he had to redo a couple. I offered what I know straight up...
He found a good deal, somethin' to know for future.

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Always got to be at least one smartass....
Forgive my wisecrack ... I just got stupid.
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