Senta Alloy Refurbishment

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Hello everyone,

I've spotted a 2007 XK 4.2 that I might well move on but the 20" Senta alloys are looking quite tired and I think the Dunlop tyres are probably past their best with 15k miles under their belt. Rather than have the dealer sort these 'at cost' - I'd rather see a discount on the car and undertake these fixes myself to ensure they're done in a way I'm going to be happy with (i.e. not cutting corners).

The split-rim bolts look tatty too so I'd need to replace these (56 in total).

Can anyone recommend a place where I can get these or would you just let the company doing the refurbishment sort out replacements?

I found these on eBay - https://bit.ly/3C8Y6Uc - are they the right ones for example.

Are the Senta wheels actually a split rim design. Searching the forum I've read the Kalimnos which look like a similar design replacement are not.

Thanks in advance
Darren...
 

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This thread may clear up one question for you Darren,
As for a place to get them done, try the Wheel Specialist, there may be one near you.
 

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I've emailed the Wheel Specialist for a quote, I've used them before and agree they do an excellent job. There is a branch near me and there's also one near the dealer in Glasgow that's selling the car.
If they could get them done at trade prices at the Wheel Specialist in Glasgow then I'd be okay with that. Whilst the dealer has offered to get them refurbished at cost price, I wouldn't want them done by the cheapest outfit they could find.

Similarly I think it could do with a new set of tyres - they're probably legal (last MOT showed no advisories) but they've said that if the car needed tyres they'd only fit budget ones but I could pay to upgrade to a premium tyre.

I'm happy to take a discount on the car and get the wheels & tyres done the way I want them (properly)

Cheers @JimboV8
 

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I've emailed the Wheel Specialist for a quote, I've used them before and agree they do an excellent job. There is a branch near me and there's also one near the dealer in Glasgow that's selling the car.
If they could get them done at trade prices at the Wheel Specialist in Glasgow then I'd be okay with that. Whilst the dealer has offered to get them refurbished at cost price, I wouldn't want them done by the cheapest outfit they could find.

Similarly I think it could do with a new set of tyres - they're probably legal (last MOT showed no advisories) but they've said that if the car needed tyres they'd only fit budget ones but I could pay to upgrade to a premium tyre.

I'm happy to take a discount on the car and get the wheels & tyres done the way I want them (properly)

Cheers @JimboV8
Another vote for the Wheel Specialist, there's 2 in Glasgow and they do a great job

Usually a bit of faffing around with the rim bolts and they take a few extra ££ to remove, supply and fit as you'd expect

Absolutely makes sense to have new tyres fitted if you're going down that route in any event and definitely a decent quality one, kills a few birds with one stone.

Hope to hear how you go
Jim
 

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Absolutely makes sense to have new tyres fitted if you're going down that route in any event and definitely a decent quality one, kills a few birds with one stone.

Thanks for the confirmation about the Wheel Specialist in Glasgow @JimC64 - the south Glasgow branch only seems to be about 10 minutes away from where the car is for sale.

As for tyres, I believe that Dunlop Sport Maxx are standard OE fitment but by all account the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres are the benchmark performance tyre. Any others I may have overlooked? I've been happy with Conti's on past cars, but price wise they'll be in the MPS4S bracket.
 

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Thanks for the confirmation about the Wheel Specialist in Glasgow @JimC64 - the south Glasgow branch only seems to be about 10 minutes away from where the car is for sale.

As for tyres, I believe that Dunlop Sport Maxx are standard OE fitment but by all account the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres are the benchmark performance tyre. Any others I may have overlooked? I've been happy with Conti's on past cars, but price wise they'll be in the MPS4S bracket.
When I bought my XKR it came with OE spec Dunlop Sportmax tyres. Braking, noise, and steering were all fine, but traction was very poor. Wheelspin off the throttle in second gear and sometimes in even in third. I replaced them with Dunlop Sportmax RT2s which are night and day different. Now, traction in the wet is better than the others were in the dry. Wheelspin only if you really gun it in first gear. Price was good from Black Circles. Highly recommended.
 

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Michelin PS4S are very good, I have a set on my 5.0 XKR. Prior to that I've had a couple of sets of Vredestein Ultrac Vortis on my current 5.0 car and my old 4.2. Grip-wise I'd say they're very close, the Michelins give a little more feedback though when close to the limit. They're a good bit cheaper than the Michelins though, if you're looking for a lower-cost alternative to the PS4S the Vredesteins will be hard to beat. They last really well too.
 
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