All big cartel orders shipping this week

Just an update that all big cartel orders for hex caps and such will be shipping out this week. We have our first batch of polished hex caps back and will be shipping all of them out this week for the past two weeks orders. Thanks to everyone for the support, and keep the orders coming

here is a quick sample of the completed mirror polished half height hex caps (threaded) on the track set of bbs RS that are now up for sale as a complete wheel and tire set. 18×10.5 all around with 265/40/18 Bridgestone RE-01r competition spec tires, built for the 370z/350z/g35 platform, as well as the z32, s14/s15 240sx platforms

we also now have more items in the updated big cartel store including the full line of hex caps, logos, wheels, decals, and soon to be added small goods line of product.

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we will also add a few wheels from time to time that are complete and ready for immediate sale if a buyer doesn’t want the completely custom wheel build that has a lead time. obviously the track RS set will be the first to go up since its complete and ready for immediate sale

Our 2014 spinFAB hex cap line designs in further detail: #2- the billet aluminum RF/RM/RS Hex top

To continue the information on the latest hex cap designs, here is design #2 for 2014.. the bbs RF hex top. Can be used on just about any bbs wheel to replace the plastic hex that comes on so many models, most notably the bbs rf as shown in the coming pictures. The item we designed and produced is a billet aluminum hex top that is made to work with your existing lower cap assembly. This way, the price point is cheaper as you use some of your existing parts, you can finish these hex tops in any way you could like, and as always these fit standard 70.6mm 3 prong bbs logos just like the originals and all of our other designs.

these can be purchased now on our store spinfab.bigcartel.com

here is a little info on how easy it is to assemble and use.

here is a list of some parts you’ll need. this example demonstrates on a bbs RF or RS lower half. the rs lower half is the threaded lower half, the rf is the snap on lower half in the pictures..

the old plastic hex assembly is in the top right of this image. in order to take it apart, one has to remove the logo cap, and then push the three tabs that anchor the old plastic hex to the lower half of the cap assembly. The plastic hex may break, doesn’t matter as its getting tossed in the trash. the lower half is the part you need to save for re-use here.

this is what you’ll be left with in the top half of this next image (RF lower half to the left, rs lower half to the right)

underside of the new billet hex cap (shown in raw machined finish)

take the new aluminum half height hex after polishing plating or finishing it of course, and push onto the plastic bottom half. be sure in the case of the bbs RF, that you remember the orientation and insert the RF waffle before locking all of these pieces together. Better explanation of this to come when we take more pictures.

snapped in prior to logo assembly

with logos pressed into hex below

- on threaded RS bottom

-on RF snap on bottom

with RF waffle and installed on bbs rf

closeup of raw machined finish hex prior to any finishing

as always, these can be purchased now on our store spinfab.bigcartel.com

Our 2014 spinFAB hex cap line designs in further detail: #4- the style 5/19 hex sleeve

We will be doing a small showcase of the caps that are now available for purchase over at

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one of which is a completely new design never before offered to market by anyone.. the style 5 billet aluminum 3/4ht hex cap (patent pending).

the style 5/19 series of wheels were originally offered at a cheaper price point, with notable features that set them apart from the more expensive 3 piece wheels offered at the time. One of these things is a hex cap/ waffle combination that is made of abs plastic.. unfortunately this has limited many people when rebuilding these things to have to paint the wheel faces, because the plastic cap assemblies had to be painted. The hex being plastic didn’t have a lot of options for it, real bbs logos didn’t fit it, and there was no way to polish, plate, powder coat, etc the hex cap to add some variation.

well now there is.

Our hex sleeve was designed in house to eliminate all of these shortcomings, and allow the style 5/19 owners to have a piece that could be finished in any way possible, and also accept the standard bbs 3 prong 70mm logo which has never been offered before.

the installation is also a breeze as well. we’ve over engineered this one so that the fitment is perfect, and the installation couldn’t be any simpler.

here are the parts (logos and oem plastic style parts sold separately)

Simply take the new hex cap sleeve and finish to your liking (mirror polish, gold plate, powdercoat, anodize…). we offer a few options at additional cost over at
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take the old plastic waffle and hex assembly and drill a 3/8″ hole in the center of where the logo would sit on the plastic. Right where the dimple is located in this picture above

take industrial grade silicone and place a small bead around the old plastic hex cap at the base. flip the hex cap sleeve over as shown as it will be sliding over the plastic hex once the sealant tacks up in about 2 minutes time.

take the hex sleeve and slide over top of the plastic assembly as shown

now take your favorite bbs rs or rf logo cap and pop the 3 prong cap onto it (70.6mm 3 prong standard bbs logo)

underside of the logo/ sleeve fitment-

allow the silicone bead to cure for 24 hours and install back onto the wheel.

Newborns

Many builds being wrapped up at the moment. Thanks for everyones patience on the current sets being built for the season fast approaching. here are a few of the numerous wheel sets we are wrapping up to suit a variety of builds from show cars, to daily drivers, to race cars across the pond.. more to come.

18×9/10 5×100 build for a local friends audi tt update

16″ 5×100 build

15″ E78 magnesium race set (for sale)

18″ chrome/gold plated set going on a particular 964

metallic silver/ black chrome 18″ 5×112 set

you can see how much the sun affects the black chrome color (look at bottom vs top bolts)

18″ e46 custom style 19 set (for sale) more info on this set to come

17″ face mounted custom metallic red with gold sparkle set: also more on this set as it showcases the proper way to face mount a wheel like this without putting stress on the hardware

more to come… we have a lot more sets in the works

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2014 Hex Cap Line! first images

4/25/14 Just as the title states, all hex cap designs are all complete and just about ready for sale!

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new designs for 2014

bbs RF aluminum hex tops to replace the RF plastic hex
bbs style 5/19 hex sleeves
bbs rs premium hex with aluminum logos
bbs rs 1/2 and 1/3ht hex caps

we will also have the opportunity to sell sets with 09.24.028 waffles soon for an additional fee. this will be on a case by case basis due to the rarity of these waffles

pulled a few of the caps out for some initial pictures- raw just off the cmc machine, no finishing yet. polished and plated pictures to come.

and

just like the rendering, here is some final computer models vs the real thing

these designs were actually quite complex in nature, but work far better than the originals, and play off of our 2012-13 designs with added functionality..

more on the individual designs and how they function to come shortly.

Then and now.. The other RS builds

We’ve built and collected hundreds of bbs rs sets over the years at the studio, each one is its own unique being. One example of such, back in 2011 I decided that having a 6 pot stoptech bbk on a street car didn’t have to mean that I had to call a flatbed if the project fairlady ever got a flat tire.. And this thought sparked a custom single wheel build that started quite a trend after we revealed it. With that, here is another project we have been working on, likely to follow up with the same result.

2011 the bbs rs 16×4.5″ RSspare, and the 2014 bbs RSmoto 17″ motorcycle rear wheel…

so, the fairlady spare tire has had a few refreshes since its original conception a few years back, but the result remains. The use of a fully functional, oem fitting spare tire that could clear a large big brake kit, fit in a spare tire well, and look the part as well while doing it. This latest iteration (about a year old at this point but never debut) wears a frozen grey color scheme and set of details that to a wheel whore might blow a few minds. The wheel is a 16×4.5 with a -64mm offset. yes, 4.5″ wide with a -64mm offset meaning that the back pad sits just past the edge of the inner barrel.. allowing the wheel to bolt right up to the fairladys hub, fit snugly to the fender, and clear the massive caliper/rotor that is physically larger in diameter than the wheel itself is.. oh and all while fitting the original equipment 125/90/16 temporary use tire of 1990

spareRS

oh and again for the detail whores, take note of the m8 ARP assembly hardware. 5th wheel of the only set to date with these details.. about 1200$ in hardware to make it happen. Only here

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now we loved that spareRS project and since has sparked quite a few project ideas for us at the studio. One of which we will hint at here before getting bolted onto its respected project.

project RSmoto

the RSmoto project has been ongoing for the past few months surrounding a bike build of a client. We wanted to push building a wheel and tire set that would fit like an original equipment wheel on this particular motorcycle, but in a way that displays the wacky ideas at the studio coming to life.. Custom hub was machined for the motorcycle, and then the wheel was machined to mate to the custom hub. All in a way that will function as well if not better than the original, weighing less than the wheel it replaced, and getting a bigger motorcycle tire to the ground. Oh and not to mention, 4×100/57.1, so the wheel once again could be dual purposed and used on a 4×100 car as a spare tire.

17×6.5″ in width, utilizing our custom mirror polished inner and outer upsized wheel halves, the RSmoto wheel puts together some of the current products we offer on cars, but in a new way. Gold plated hardware, textured grey face, and a translucent gold conical cap/white/gold logo set complete the details of this particular project.

Current Builds for Spring not yet called for

We figured it was best if we compiled a list of the sets that are in process for spring season and not yet called for. Any inquiries on these sets please email info@spinfab.net

These are all that are available and will be going fast, so don’t hesitate on any of the sets.
EVERYTHING can be built to any width and offset. EVERYTHING just let us know what specs you need

new list of only whats left updated 4/02/14 12pm est. We are down to very few sets for the upcoming season and they are selling very fast… Don’t hesitate

1.BBS RS 4×100/57.1 set (16,17 sizing)
3.BBS RM 15″ primadonna theme 4×100
4.BBS RS 15″ 4×100 – can be either 15″ diameter or stepped up to 16″ diameter

7.BBS RF 5×100/57.1 set 18″ large bore face – available for shipping this week

8.BBS RF 5×112/57.1 17 or 18″ set small bore face

21.ACS typeII 3 piece 18″ set
22. BBS Style 19 one off custom set 18×9 square set- custom sized for e46 platform – complete with tires
26.COMPOMOTIVE 5×120 (16-17″ sizing) shelby GT40 look wheels with tri spoke center caps

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full original list for spring

4×100
1.BBS RS 4×100/57.1 set (16,17 sizing)
2.BBS RS 4×100/57.1 set (16,17 sizing) custom flat machined rs face/billet cap
3.BBS RM 15″ primadonna theme 4×100
4.BBS RS 15″ 4×100 – can be either 15″ diameter or stepped up to 16″ diameter
5.bbs RF 4×100/57.1 (16,17 sizing) —————————————————sold

5×100
6.Schmidt modernline 5×100/57.1 18″ set – (temporarily not available as we are designing some one off parts specifically for these faces)
7.BBS RF 5×100/57.1 set 18″ large bore face -

5×112
8.BBS RF 5×112/57.1 17 or 18″ set small bore face
9.BBS RF 5×112 18″ Large bore face —————————————————-sold
10.BBS RS 5×112 18″ Large bore face —————————————————sold
11.BBS RS 289 18″ original ——————————————————-sold
12.BBS RS 5×112 18″ small bore face —————————————————sold
12.BBS RS 5×112 18″ small bore face —————————————————sold
12.BBS RS 5×112 18″ small bore face —————————————————sold
12.BBS RS 5×112 18″ small bore face —————————————————sold

5×114.3
13.BBS RS 17″ or 18″ set small bore face (high pad) ————————————sold
14.BBS RS 17″ or 18″ set small bore face (low pad)————————————–sold
15.18″ OZ futura ———————————————————————–sold

5×120
16.BBS RS285 super rare set 18″ set
17.BBS RF 5×120 17″ or 18″ set small bore face -(powder coated metallic silver -gold metallic flake)
18.BBS RS 17″ or 18″ set small bore face (powder coated metallic gold)
19.BBS RS 17″ or 18″ set small bore face (powder coated metallic silver) —————sold
20.BBS RS 17″ or 18″ set small bore face ———————————————-sold
21.ACS typeII 18″ set
22. BBS Style 19 one off custom set 18×9 square set- custom sized for e46 platform
23.COMPOMOTIVE 5×120 18″ mesh-polished/black face
24.COMPOMOTIVE 5×120 18″ mesh- brushed/black face
25.COMPOMOTIVE 5×120 18″ 5 spoke face brushed/black
26.COMPOMOTIVE 5×120 (16-17″ sizing) shelby GT40 look wheels with tri spoke center caps

5×130
27.BBS RS 18″ set small bore face (chrome) ——————————————–sold
28.BBS RS 17″ or 18″ set small bore face ——————————————–sold

center lock

29. E50 aluminum set center lock face 17-18″ sizing temporarily no longer available
30. e88 aluminum one off 18″ set center lock temporarily no longer available

new additions to the spinFAB wheel line
-To be announced soon

We will be updating this list daily as sets are not lasting long.

info@spinfab.net for any inquiries

Vintage Compomotive Splits- ready for modern cars

Here at the studio, we work on an awful lot of wheel builds, some of which are purposely done over time in order for us to work down to the last of the small details that make these sets what they are.. We have three sets of compomotive wheels that have been waiting patiently at our shop for us to plan out some wild sets for quite some time. Vintage race in feel, but able to mount onto a modern day car.

and here is a preview of these sets (which are available for immediate purchase)

18″ 5×120 compomotive 3 piece splits. 2 styles from the early 1980s, forged wheel halves, ready for three very lucky bmw owners.

these three one off sets have been in process for quite some time, and things like researching the time appropriate (late ’70s-early ’80s) race logos, and hours upon hours of researching, compiling, and illustrator work reproducing them to brand new standards are what brings these things to the next level. This after spinning time appropriate tall and short conical center caps for these to match the original set images from back in the day. We were able to get our hands on some very rare, unopened and completely original sales brochures for early 1980s compomotive lineup, and this helped immensely in planning the details that would set these sets far apart from the ever growing list 3 piece wheels popping up everywhere.

Obviously the company compomotive is now out of business (bankruptcy) which makes getting information on things like logos next to impossible. but that doesn’t stop us

finding actual semi close up images of these caps prove to be quite a bit more complex than we initially anticipated, but we wound up finding pictures and superimposing them together to then be able to scale and start to re-draw in vector format.

Next was the figuring of overall color schemes, and then preparation of the faces for this process.. Quite a lengthy job at hand. Each of the faces were chemically stripped, glass bead blasted, hand prepped until the surfaces were clean and free of any imperfections, then 2 stage powder coated gloss black. Next comes the fun part… placed on the mill and hand milled the flat portion of the spokes back to raw aluminum. Next- Mounting each of the faces to the machine and hand brushing the faces radially from center outward. Then back in for some gloss clear powder to finish it all off.

wheel halves- completely blank slanted wheel halves were produced, and placed on the cnc machine to bore out to the correct face size. drilled for the 20 bolt application, and then sent in for some finishing. outer lips mirrored to perfection, and inner barrels satin black powder

some m6 stainless steel hardware and sealing, and here you have it. One off 18″ compomotive sets that are sure to impress.. and being the only 18″ sets ever done, they won’t be on every other car at the next show.

Again, there are only 3 sets available immediately. two sets of the CX mesh and one set of the FX 5 spoke. as always, info@spinfab.net for more info.

New Hex Cap Lineup for 2014

2014 hex lineup announced as well as pricing. Preorders can be taken now, but production is about 4 weeks from completion. All orders will be updated and ship out as soon as production is complete.

here is a rendering of the pieces being cnc machined currently, and also pricing for these sets_ As always, each set will be numbered in sequence in its production run size.

there are a few changes to the current lineup and a few new designs altogether. Here is some helpful information

-spinFAB half height conical cap production run has just about ended. This design has been retired. Its been a great run, and we are very pleased with the outcome and thank everyone for their support on these.

-our spinFAB Half height hex caps are updated with a slightly more rounded profile. we made a few tweaks to the design and rounded the head of the hex off a little for a sleeker profile. Pricing remains 199. per set of four

-NEW to the lineup: premium one third height hex caps with solid aluminum logo caps built into the design. These will have machined bbs logos or custom logos* depending on your design preferences. Prices start at 239. for a set of four. This is a limited run, each set being marked and produced to the owners standards.

-NEW to the lineup: one half height hex tops. We decided that bbs RF, Rm weren’t getting the same love as RS, and as a result, half height hex tops. Pop off your original plastic top half of your RF or RM caps and pop these billet aluminum ones on. now you can polish, plate gold, anodize, powdercoat these to match your set. Pricing 139. for a set of four

-NEW to the lineup: full height hex cap covers for bbs style 5 and bbs style 19 as well as others. Just as described, these pop over your plastic style caps and can be polished, plated, powder coated, etc. And the best part is that they fit standard 70mm 3 prong bbs logos… Pricing 139. for a set of four

pre-order will be up on http://www.spinfab.bigcartel.com shortly, and will be officially for sale in about 4 weeks when the production at our shop is complete

email info@spinfab.net if you need additional information

Weekly articles

Since the season is starting back up, and the projects are rolling in, we are going to start off our weekly blog articles where we showcase some of the stuff were up to. We are lining up videos and photoshoots as we would like to more comprehensively showcasea small part of the work that gets done over here. From solidworks models, to 3d protoyping of small parts, to machining wheel faces… And while also showcasing some of the epic cars we contribute parts, wheels, and details to.

for now, a picture or two just because


credit:vrainproductions

oh and a little collage of partial images as a quick tease of a few of the awesome projects we have had our hands in recently.. We will be speaking to some of these in the near future