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Original minilites

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:19 pm
by Charlynsane
Hello Guys

I'm after 4 or 5 magnesium minilites for my friend's Cooper s mk2, or original alloy minilite


Let me know

Thank you

Charles

Re: Original minimises

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:45 pm
by mk1
What size are you looking for? 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6" etc.

If you are looking for 4.5 then the Minispares alloy version is a MUCH better bet than original magnesium ones.

Re: Original minimises

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:10 pm
by Charlynsane
Hello Mark

I'm looking for 4,5 or 5

It's for a very nice French S mK2

My friend would like to get as close as possible with period parts, or the 70,s Alloy version could be great as well

Re: Original minimises

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:13 pm
by AndyPen
mk1 wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:45 pm What size are you looking for? 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6" etc.

If you are looking for 4.5 then the Minispares alloy version is a MUCH better bet than original magnesium ones.
Just to say that whilst I have original minilites, I don't altogether trust the old magnesium. The Minispares ones are almost identical so I'd side with Mark on this.

Re: Original minilites

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:59 am
by Charlynsane
Hello Andy,

Magnesium of original tech del fabrication is a good solution as well

But as you said Minispares repro's are great

Re: Original minilites

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:09 am
by mk1
What I have done on a couple of occasions is get the Minipsares wheels blasted with very coarse grit, sand the rims back so they are smooth, getting them cleaned up on a wheel cutting machine would be even better, then I applied a layer of silver paint. Doing this makes the MS ones indistinguishable from the original mags.

Re: Original minilites

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:10 pm
by Alex
I know for a fact that the Mini Spares Minilife/ST Alloys are direct copies of original '60s magnesium wheels - there's an amusing story attached, obviously.

Re: Original minilites

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:04 pm
by AndyPen
The porosity in the original magnesium means they can rot from the inside - typical mini problem then. ;-) NDT techniques these days help to show up the issues, so buyer beware and all that.

I actually had a mag wheel crack on my RS500, hence my cautionary words ;-)

Here's the direct comparison I made in an earlier post.


https://mk1-forum.net/viewtopic.php?f=5 ... 8&start=10