I have been teasing pictures of my refinished Volk L37s on my Facebook Page, and now it’s time for the full unveil. I tasked Janky Garage & Polishing Proz in El Cajon with the refinish which included powdercoating the faces, removing some rash and polishing the faces, and putting some fresh Hankook R-S3 rubber and TE37SL vinyl to complete the look. I’m absolutely thrilled with how it came out!
The Volk LE37 model was a Limited Edition (hence, LE) version of the more common TE37s, and after chatting with some fellow Audi fans it seems like there could be as few as 10 sets of these ever made in Audi specific bolt pattern (5×112) and offset. These particular wheels are 19×8.5 with an ET33 (or so, slightly more aggressive than my CHs at ET35 so ET33 is merely an educated guess). Volk/Rays Engineering doesn’t make any wheels for B6/B7 fitment anymore, so given how rare the wheels are I wanted to make sure they were restored to perfect.
The refinish took nearly a month because the wheel is still one-piece, despite being forged with polished lips, so the powdercoating was extra tricky to keep the lips polished but redo the faces. An extra complicated factor is that these wheels were only in fair shape, particularly the lips, due to neglect from the previous owner. It was worth the wait (and money) to have these redone, especially since I had my trusty BBS CH wheels as “backups,” as they exceeded my every expectation.
It’s amazing how a new (or refinished) set of wheels can change how you feel about your car – not only did these change the entire look of the car, but being forged I can tell a difference in performance, too, as they’re much lighter than my cast BBS wheels. Add to it the very sticky, very aggressive Hankook R-S3 tires and the car is an absolute blast to drive, yet still better on the street than my last two sets of Falkens combined (and quieter, too!). I have a track day coming up in a few weeks and I cannot wait to see how they perform then.
You can check out the rest of my pics on Flickr in much higher res – let me know what you think in the comments!