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    Have the opportunity to possibly get this wheelset at a reasonable price. Marchesini Mag wheels. uber lightweight. The only damage i can find is paint peeling off from mounting tires and mounting up the disks. Zero cracks dings dents and scratchs or anything. Your thoughts?



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  • #2
    Re: What are these wheels worth?

    What's the price? I've seen a like new (unpainted, though, original finish) set sell for around $1300.00 recently... I think they were Van's, and I think that was the price.

    If you can get them for that or cheaper then you're probably doing pretty good... especially if the ONLY issues are the areas where they were mounted.

    They look good.

    If you get them, you will NOT regret how it makes the bike handle!!!
    Last edited by GhostMAFIA; 10-18-2010, 03:44 PM.
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    • #3
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      You have to be careful with the peeling paint. If they were sand or bead blasted, and not cured properly, they become worthless. Magnesium is a tricky animal as it oxidizes at a rapid rate and deteriorates thus causing issues with the structural integrity. Not what you want to hear I'm sure, but unfortunately it's the facts.

      Now if the integrity hasn't been compromised, and they were in very good shape, you are looking anywhere between 1200-1400 USD.

      Also check that the threads are totally in tact for the bolts. they can be cross threaded and stripped easily.
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      • #4
        Re: What are these wheels worth?

        If you dont buy them, pm me where they are and I will buy them if the price is reasonable.
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        • #5
          Re: What are these wheels worth?

          Originally posted by racrboy View Post
          You have to be careful with the peeling paint. If they were sand or bead blasted, and not cured properly, they become worthless. Magnesium is a tricky animal as it oxidizes at a rapid rate and deteriorates thus causing issues with the structural integrity. Not what you want to hear I'm sure, but unfortunately it's the facts.

          Now if the integrity hasn't been compromised, and they were in very good shape, you are looking anywhere between 1200-1400 USD.

          Also check that the threads are totally in tact for the bolts. they can be cross threaded and stripped easily.
          Holy crap...

          This isn't what I wanted to read about Magnesium wheels.

          Just scored a set of HL02 Magnesium wheels and have been looking into getting them powder coated.

          Any advice would be good.
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          • #6
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            This is why Marchesini paints their wheels. If you were to EVER strip them, it must be done with either plastic shot or walnut shells. If you take the clear anodizing off froom them, you are in trouble unless you can find anyone to re-clear them right away, then repaint them immediately. Magnesium scales terribly when left to the elements. If you look at an old set of Marchesini's you will usually see some scaling around where the paint has scratched from the rotors at the hub, and thats what will happen on a full scale on the wheels if they are blasted.

            In a nutshell, lightly scuff the paint with quad zero steel wool, to level out any chips, and have them repainted.

            I'm going throug this right now in anticipation of having mine repainted super white this winter.

            It has also been suggested to not have the tires mounted for at least 2 weeks after painting, so winter time is perfect for me.

            With all of this work, you should probably make sure that the tires are brand new as well. Wow, this sounds like it's getting more expensive by the minute......
            Last edited by racrboy; 10-18-2010, 05:06 PM.
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            • #7
              Re: What are these wheels worth?

              So what do you think to powder coating them?
              Rather than painting? The OEM wheels I have on were painted and it doesn't take much to start the paint flaking off.
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              • #8
                Re: What are these wheels worth?

                Powder coating OEM or cast aluminum is fine, but I'm not chancing this on my Marchesinis. Too much could go wrong.
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                • #9
                  Re: What are these wheels worth?

                  The heat needed in the powdercoat proces might not be helpfull either. All new magnesium wheels come painted as far as I know. There are a lot of stories going round about magnesium, that they could go bad unnoticed, break etc. And they won't be alowed in some race environments.

                  However magnesium is around for a while now. Some enginecovers like the valve cover on the TL is magnesium. Old Ducati's have magnesium parts and some old cars have magnesium wheels too. Might be down to how much alloy there is too.

                  Also I found that it's very hard to find evidence of crashes caused by bad wheels alone, just many comments on how risky magnesium is. I also read that they aren't allowed in certain races because they can burn really well.

                  Maybe Sam can say a little on this subject too, his old racebike has Marchesini magnesium wheels

                  Edit: Dymag went bust but is back in business? Anyway, I think it was them that offered a refurb service for mag wheels which didn't cost anything if the wheels were fubar. They used x-ray to make sure there where no cracks as far as I know.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What are these wheels worth?

                    Annnd, back to the original question, sort of, make sure they are 17 inch and not 16.5 inch diameter.
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                    • #11
                      Re: What are these wheels worth?

                      Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                      Annnd, back to the original question, sort of, make sure they are 17inch and not 16.5 inch diameter.
                      Oh yeah. That's kind of important too
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                      • #12
                        Re: What are these wheels worth?

                        lol, yeah kinda limits it as far as tires go...
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                        • #13
                          Re: What are these wheels worth?

                          16.5 would be fine with me as I would be mounting slick anyways
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                          • #14
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                            Ahh, no problems if it's for the track. In fact, the 16.5s can usually be found dirt cheap since folks can't get tires to run them on the street.
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