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I just thought I would post up what I’m on with at the moment in case it helps others.

I’ve owned the car from new and I’ve been on the forum since I started ownership (I think).

It’s done 58,802 miles and before the weather comes in for winter, I’m taking the opportunity to do the tyres and brakes (first replacements of all items).

I won’t go into great detail, the photos should do the talking, but if you have anything to ask just feel free to shout up.

The car is having :
  • Refurbished wheels.
  • Wheel graphics (hopefully).
  • New tyres.
  • New disks all around.
  • New pads all around.
  • Painted callipers and bells.
I think the full project will be about £900 which I don’t think is too bad when you consider that other than my service package and a few sets of wipers and one puncture, it’s the first it’s cost me in nine years ...

I’m working on the car over a week I’m off work so updates will come as they happen - and there won’t be any work done on it tomorrow ...

Wheels for refurb and new tyres :



Nice even wear on all four and still just about legal :



The new ones :



I’m sure you all know, but the reason for the refurbishment :



Fronts and rears came apart real easy :









Other than a wheel brace and jack stands, nothing other than 12, 14 and 17mm needed along with a screwdriver. Didn’t even need a breaker bar.

Old and new (including fitting kits and consumables) :





Wheel centre caps had been done ages ago (old photos), but they still look exactly the same :





What they looked like fitted last time around :



If the weather is kind to me the next update will be Monday.

WD :)
 

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Hi good luck with your job just done my brakes pads/discs all round had no issue but did find h/brake adjustmenta bit of a fiddle got it right now i need to get my wheel done as 2 are showing signs of corrision and kia wont warrant them all the best
 

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Thank you (y)

Are your wheels scuffed ? I think I’ve had 17 wheels on my car under the warranty and never had a battle to get any of them.

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Hi no not scuffed they changed 2 but said the other 2 where wear and tear but they where just like the first 2 they changed looks like water had got in behind the surface and caused corrision
 

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Kia Bolton - bought them car from them and it’s been to them for all the servicing etc (got a service plan with them) (y)

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Half n half :



Carriers done :



Leaves quite a nice finish :



Sliders left bare :



I did the disks a few weeks ago with Hammerite BBQ spray paint. Although covered, the disk faces are only overspray - the bulk was targeted around the bells and edges :







I pushed the pistons back (easily) with part of a spring compressor, this is how much I had to suck out of the reservoir to keep it below max :



I will top it back up to max once everything is assembled again and seated correctly.

I managed to get all the callipers cleaned up OK but then got rained off, kind of glad really as cleaning the callipers and carries up was really messy ... lol

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Hi looking good i had about the amount of fluid to drain out as you my h/brake has settled down now hoilding great at 6 notches after a little bit of fiddling
 

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I just thought I would post up what I’m on with at the moment in case it helps others.

I’ve owned the car from new and I’ve been on the forum since I started ownership (I think).

It’s done 58,802 miles and before the weather comes in for winter, I’m taking the opportunity to do the tyres and brakes (first replacements of all items).


WD :)
That's very impressive mileage for a set of tyres. What's your secret?
 

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Dunno really ... ?

35 psi all around, tyre rotation at every service and the geometry is obviously OK.

I don’t mind driving quickly (although the sportage doesn’t really reward you for that) but I am smooth with my inputs, that could help with the MPG too I guess which has averaged 39 since new (2.0 crdi KX3) - you can see my mileage is low (it’s a 61 plate) and it’s daily driven so it’s not exactly doing the kind of mileage to push the MPG’s up.

Anyhow, the wheels are back - ignore the tyre soap etc :



Colour is dark anthracite with gloss lacquer, it’s much a thicker and smoother finish than either the Kia originals or Kia refurbs :



The tyres have a very chunky sidewalk / rim protector so that might help them to look a bit wider and sportier when coupled with the nicer (than OE) tread pattern :



I painted the edges of all the backing plates with satin smoothite :



I also painted as much of the callipers I could in one sitting but forgot to take pictures, hopefully they will be finished tomorrow :)

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Calliper sliders, shims and pads assembled. Paint cleaned of shim surfaces. Copper grease between bare metal and shims. First one was a bit tricky but once the method of getting the pads in was established they assembled easily and quickly with no mods (I reckon you would only need to file the pad backing if the shims were sat on crap rather than clean metal) :



Calipers loosely in place to finish the bits I was holding onto for the first coat. These would have been much easier to do on a bench rather than left connected to the pipe and having to work under the arch with limited movement :





I will let all the paint harden tomorrow and do the final assembly on Saturday - weather permitting ...

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What have you used to clean the rust from the calipers and carriers?
Did you just paint hammerite over the remaining rust?
How long do you expect the hammerite to keep them rust free?

My son wants to paint the calipers on our Kia blue, though I'm not sure if the brush on blue caliper paint converts rust as well as hammerite does.
 

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“What have you used to clean the rust from the calipers and carriers?”

Three wire brushes of various grades and a screwdriver to chisel out the really persistent bits beforehand.

“Did you just paint hammerite over the remaining rust?”

I took the callipers back to the iron with nothing loose or flakey and nothing oily. They were still brown (check out the half n half photo further up), but clean and dry if that makes sense.

“How long do you expect the hammerite to keep them rust free?”

I hope to get a good few years (at least) our of them - but they will need regular cleaning / power jetting to help them last. I painted the iron callipers that were on my cosworth with hammerite and they lasted really well (with far less prep) considering the harsh life they got and compared to what the Kia will see. Reports on the net also seem to confirm that hammerite lasts well on callipers.

“My son wants to paint the calipers on our Kia blue, though I'm not sure if the brush on blue caliper paint converts rust as well as hammerite does.”

Let him do them ... lol. It’s a thankless job so if he’s up for it he’s doing you a favour ! Cleaning them up took ages and was very dirty, painting them was easy and quick in comparison.

People at work said to do them red but personally I thought it was the wrong car for that - I opted for silver so hopefully they will just look clean / new / OE.

Good luck (y)

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Thank you (y)

I have some decals coming for them too to add a bit of ‘sparkle’ ...

I do like the diamond turned look but now it’s on my wallet to pay for them, it’s not the best choice - even the wheel guy who specialises in diamond turned stuff couldn’t recommend them for long term durability ... :(

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Nearly 59K !!. I thought I was doing well at 26K on Hankooks and maybe getting close to 30K. No way will they get near that.

Someones got too much spare time on their hands :p Oh hang on maybe a lot of us have had over spring.

Seriously, nice job there. I tend to go for pagid discs as they have a grey coating but it soon starts to show rust. There are some extreme conditions round the wheels and brakes.

If, and I say 'if', I'd gone down that route. I might have been tempted with one of those Bilt Hammer products to try and neutralise the rust.

But fair play and looking forward to seeing the completed job. (y)

You know what the trouble is now that I've seen that don't you?
 

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Love the colour of the wheels. I'll likely have to get my diamond cut ones done as they're suffering a bit - I'll probably try and go for something similar
 

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Finished :





Kia wheel nuts seem to last well, I’ve had BMW bolts that have looked way worse than these in less time :



Very happy with the new look (sorry for the dirty car ... lol) :





I know the tyres are new, but they have a much more chunky look than the originals :



I know tyre widths aren’t consistent across manufacturers and I think these are just a little wider, coupled with the rim protector I think it makes a difference you notice :



And just a temporary photo of the nut covers on one wheel :



I will add the full set in a week or so when I’ve checked wheel torque.

I will add some more photos once everything is clean and the graphics are in place (y)

I have a method for hand brake adjustment (from the drum) which may help someone in future :

Fit both disks with the shoes backed right off and no calliper pads fitted.

Adjust the mechanism on one wheel until it binds.

Back it off two clicks.

Check rotation - it should be stiff but smooth and moveable by hand using the wheel studs (uncomfortable on the fingers though).

If on a AWD, back it off a further two clicks.

Repeat for the other side, but only back off two clicks total.

Return to first side and put back on the extra two clicks you removed.

With everything back together that gave me the perfect three clicks of the lever (just, the third one is tight) which is exactly how Kia returns it to me after its annual service.

Hope that helps(y)

WD:)
 
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