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One-off BBS LM Project Ford Escort Cosworth RS

Postby tkosho24v » 23 Jun 2015 13:30

I have been on this project off and on for the last 16 months and finally got it togother. Current car is a 1996 Ford of Europe Escort Cosworth RS.
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This car comes with 16x8 ET25 alloys on 225/45-16 tires and was on the fence as to go with a plus 1 or plus 2. The WRC cars ran a 18 tire on a narrow width due to regulations and I decided on a 17x9 configuration that was not going to alter gearing by more than say 5 percent.

The first step was to have Ohlins make me a set of one-off DFV coilovers that will get the job done. The rear dampers are inverted as not to contact the turret and provide clearance for the 9J wheels.

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Not a cheap item but money worth spending and i know this is the last set of dampers I will be spending on the car!

This car is equiped with a 4 lug on 108mm studs that are 12Mx1.5 and finding wheels in the exact offset and width is simply impossible in a catalog offered configuration. I was contemplating SSR or Work wheels but elected against Japanese wheels on my Euro car. Like wearing a turban to a bar mitzvah... So, I decided after weeks of staring at the ceiling in the dark before sleeping that I had to build my set of wheels, period. Multi-piece BBS was the answer and elected on 17 inch LM as the base. BBS never built a 4 lug 17 inch LM beyond 7J width.... so I had some work cut out.

Below are similar spec 17x7 4x114.3 ET39 wheels that I purchased for the center disks only....
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After finding these items I immediately disassembled everything and mated it to the 17x9J 5 lug ET40 barrels to build my set of 4 lug 17x9 reverse mount ET22.5 assembly.

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I lived in California and have many contacts there but I now reside in Japan and it is impossible to have anything done in this country. Shit hole garages with underpaid staff working out of a lunch pail toolbox still gas weld here... ask these people if they know what a plasma cutter is, never heard of it and they have never seen one.... All in all , I was very disappointed at the level Japan is when it comes to fabrication, welding, CNC machine work or even painting. The work they do here on a baseline level is worse than atrocious.

So, I had 114.3 PCD wheels that needed to be converted to 108....

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so I used military FPO mail and sent 4 wheels back to San Jose California and had them properly redrill and insert my BBS to a 108 PCD!

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Next was polishing the barrels and a trip to the hardware store was in order.
Every project has Angel in a silver clound and mine is this amazing lady with knowledge and expertise!
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We decided that this sander was perfect for this job due to the size and pointed surface.
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The center disks will be painted Ford Alpine White in the body color...

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This is a view of the test fit.... Last photo with unobtanium BBS blue Mg caps...Final photos in 2 weeks. Stay Tuned.

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Re: One-off BBS LM Project Ford Escort Cosworth RS

Postby tkosho24v » 25 Jun 2015 12:59

[B]the idea was to do this..... many options here but this was the choice...
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Re: One-off BBS LM Project Ford Escort Cosworth RS

Postby 330i zhp » 27 Jul 2015 04:30

Looks great - I am very jealous that you found a set of MG blue caps.

The best I could come up with - the blue with gold lettering.

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