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Leprecon Rim Repair -- Review (and story)

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Leprecon Rim Repair -- Review (and story)

Don't see a thread on these guys so thought I would make one after recent use of their services...

I actually only heard of this place after someone on here mentioned them but I can't find the post for the life of me now so can't remember who it was. Anyway, I'd known of and used Union before and had very good results but seems their prices went way up from what they used to be so despite going there initially, I got a better quote at Leprecon.

TLDR: Really great results, definitely recommend these guys :) Good pricing, really good service, and pretty quick turnaround times. Being a wheel refinisher they also take really good care when doing mount & balance so out of three different sets of wheels of mine they handled (I only had one set refinished), didn't notice even a scratch on any of them. They actually also recently got into selling wheels and tyres too, so I'll be going back to these guys for all my wheel and tyre stuff in the future! Not only did I find a good place to get wheels redone/repaired, I found what is basically a great tyre shop too :)

Long story:
Since I bought the TT-S, I've been thinking of getting the wheels refinished. The wheels were actually not that bad but a couple of them were worse than the others with one having a bit of a gouge in it. My initial idea (mentioned in that thread) was to take the stock TT-S wheels and use them as winter wheels on my other car and take a set of brand new Konig wheels I had and put them on the TT. I hummed and hawwed about getting them redone thinking that if they were just winter wheels maybe I shouldn't bother but eventually figured, "what the heck".

I don't like generic colours like silver, black, white TBH, 'cause I'm not a generic person in real life lol. So I figured if I'm getting them redone might as well get them in an actual colour since it's gonna be the same price. I decided to get them done a bright blue which was powder-coat and not paint...paid a little extra (just $15) to get the custom colour shipped so they could be done right away (otherwise they told me I could wait until they make another order of powder and they'd put it in that order but that might be a few weeks). They found one not-visible-from-the-outside bend in one wheel--they showed me on the runout machine--so that cost an extra $60 to fix, but apart from that all went as planned for the refinishing.

They came out pretty great I'd have to say (I didn't take any pics but I can do that tomorrow in the daylight if anyone wants to see). From there I had my brand new winters installed on those wheels by them and the no-seasons the car came with put on the mentioned Konig wheels...only I had miscalculated :eek:

Here's where the story gets real long:
The wheels from the TT, before I had all this stuff done, I did test fit them on my other car. I needed a spacer to clear the front brake--just 7mm worked fine (I have various spacers on hand due to the fact this car has upgraded brakes with pretty large calipers) but everything else was good. I put the wheel on the rear too, briefly, and it seemed to fit fine--I wasn't even really worried about the rear.

So after I got the refinishing and tyre swapping all done, I was delighted to put the newly powder-coated wheels on my other car, for winter. Still everything seemed to fit fine but turned out there was a big problem :(

The wheels from the TT are 18x8.5, but for some reason I had thought they were 18x8.0. That combined with the high-offset meant they were super close to the rear suspension components as well and also...the parking brake cables. Problem was on the rear. The wheels were right pressed into the cables, so much so that it actually caused the parking brake to engage! Obviously I hadn't noticed at all at first--thank working in artificial light since it gets dark at 5pm :rolleyes: and having the parking brake applied when installing; but just rolling the car out the driveway an unmistakable scraping noise was heard. I tried both my 12.5 and 15mm spacers and not even the latter was enough to fully clear the cables. A larger spacer would have done the trick but then at that point the ET52 wheel would be at less than ET35 and protruding too far for my liking from the quarters--for winter this is a really dumb idea too so at that point I said, "forget it".

Back to Leprecon:
Due to my own error I had to go back there to basically re-arrange three sets of tyres on three sets of wheels--apart from actually getting that many wheels and tyres there and back. The whole thing was pretty painless. Despite the pretty-darn-confusing requests I had (okay take these tyres of these put them on those, take those tyres from there...lol) they got everything right and no mistakes made. I had to pay for 3x mount and balances of course but their prices for that are pretty good--$15/wheel or $60/set is better than most tyre shops so TBH I think I'll be going back to these guys for all my wheel and tyre stuff in the future.

Because I also really wanted to get rid of those no-seasons by next year (they made a lot of noise too) given I was gonna pay another $60 for M&B to reuse them, I might as well just buy new real tyres right now. I ended up getting General G-Max RS from Greenleaf. This was before I knew Leprecon actually sells tyres too--had I known I'd have just gone with them for the tyres, but I already ordered and put down a deposit.

Anyway as said they did everything right, accommodated all my weird and confusing requests and really happy with the service. In the end, the wheels that came on the TT are back on it, just now with some real tyres and...are bright blue :) I didn't really intend for them to go on the car with this colour but I still like them--the colour was a better fit for the other car but I'm not one for generic so no way I'd pay to have them re-done silver. I think the car might look better if I get the side mirrors wrapped a similar colour though, because that's what made the silver work on the black car to begin with.
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Great review ES......I wasn't expecting positive though with it being that long.

Good to hear.
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Pics of newly finished wheels or it didn’t happen...
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Nice review, I'll check with them to quote my wheels which I plan to refinish this winter. It s diamond cut repair though not powder coat.
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I used this place last winter to resurface my curbed wheel. Cost was nearly $200. A bit pricey but the turn around time was about 4 days (this was in the middle of the tire swap season). No complaint on work done.
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CanadianLurker wrote: Pics of newly finished wheels or it didn’t happen...
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LOL alright, here's one I took the other day. Not the greatest pic plus I crudely resized it with MS paint so it wasn't too large. Let's see how this turns out...
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I have ordered some black centre caps (China knock offs don't think they make them from the factory in black but could be mistaken) which should look better than the OE grey coloured ones. Car won't be driven until next year now so don't mind waiting a month or so for them to arrive.
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bubuski wrote: Nice review, I'll check with them to quote my wheels which I plan to refinish this winter. It s diamond cut repair though not powder coat.
Yeah they do diamond cut too, for a bit more pricey than paint or powder. Funny sidenote is I didn't even notice that they spelled Leprechaun as "Leprecon" until I posted this thread and quickly edited to match the business-name and not the word spelling. I guess the idea is that the "recon" part is for "reconditioning".

Their pricing is all on their website BTW:
https://www.leprecon.ca/services/rim-re ... efinishing

What I paid (just for the wheel refinishing) was $120x4 + $60 to fix the one ding in one wheel. So $540 + taxes. I paid for a bunch of extra mount & balances that I'm not counting but as said it's $60 per set of four to do that on 14-18" wheels.
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ES_Revenge wrote: I have ordered some black centre caps (China knock offs don't think they make them from the factory in black but could be mistaken) which should look better than the OE grey coloured ones.
There...looks a little better I think :)
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ES_Revenge wrote: Yeah they do diamond cut too, for a bit more pricey than paint or powder. Funny sidenote is I didn't even notice that they spelled Leprechaun as "Leprecon" until I posted this thread and quickly edited to match the business-name and not the word spelling. I guess the idea is that the "recon" part is for "reconditioning".

Their pricing is all on their website BTW:
https://www.leprecon.ca/services/rim-re ... efinishing

What I paid (just for the wheel refinishing) was $120x4 + $60 to fix the one ding in one wheel. So $540 + taxes. I paid for a bunch of extra mount & balances that I'm not counting but as said it's $60 per set of four to do that on 14-18" wheels.
Great write-up! Was this cost for paint or powder coat?
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hameed wrote: Great write-up! Was this cost for paint or powder coat?
Thanks. If we don't count all my mount/unmount shenanigans then it broke down as follows:
$120 x 4 for the powder coating
$15 shipping for the uncommon PC colour
$60 to repair one ding in one wheel

Total just for that would have been $555 before tax for all four. Would have been just around $500 if it wasn't for the fact that one wheel had a ding in it (was on the inside of the wheel, not easy to see but quite clear on the runout machine).
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I am doing research as I just curbed one of the rim. Car bought under 1 month ago, so I 'must' fix it for emotional reasons.

My damage area happens to straddle part of the diamond cut finish and part of the black painted finish. Leprecon's quote is $80 more then the other RFD recommended shop, Union. Any opinion on whether I should pay the premiun to do it at Leprecon?
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RSX-S wrote: I am doing research as I just curbed one of the rim. Car bought under 1 month ago, so I 'must' fix it for emotional reasons.

My damage area happens to straddle part of the diamond cut finish and part of the black painted finish. Leprecon's quote is $80 more then the other RFD recommended shop, Union. Any opinion on whether I should pay the premiun to do it at Leprecon?
Ask union for a quote then. Both shops do good work. I paid just shy of $200 (taxes incl) for one wheel (that’s including remounting and balancing for 20” wheel)
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booblehead wrote: Ask union for a quote then. Both shops do good work. I paid just shy of $200 (taxes incl) for one wheel (that’s including remounting and balancing for 20” wheel)
Sorry maybe I wasn't clear. I got quotes from both and Leprecon is $80 more then Union. Just wondering if it worth to pay extra for Leprecon.
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RSX-S wrote: Sorry maybe I wasn't clear. I got quotes from both and Leprecon is $80 more then Union. Just wondering if it worth to pay extra for Leprecon.
$80 in my view would not be justified since Union does the same work. I would suggest to go with Union then (if this shop is not too far away for you)
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What was the turn around time for them?
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For refinishing 1 wheel, they both told me 3-4 days.
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RSX-S wrote: Sorry maybe I wasn't clear. I got quotes from both and Leprecon is $80 more then Union. Just wondering if it worth to pay extra for Leprecon.
Yeah I'd say go with Union then. I'm a bit surprised because for me, Leprecon was a better quote. But depends on the wheel/finish type perhaps, I dunno. I had a wheel repaired at Union years ago and they did fine work, however in this instance last year they wanted more money which is how I ended up going to Leprecon instead.
tebore wrote: What was the turn around time for them?
I honestly wasn't concerned with the turnaround time in my case so I can't even remember. I think it was about a week but as said I had a lot of swapping and different things going on in my case (hence the long story lol) and overall it was probably a few things before I got things right--not a fault of theirs though.
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RSX-S wrote: I am doing research as I just curbed one of the rim. Car bought under 1 month ago, so I 'must' fix it for emotional reasons.

My damage area happens to straddle part of the diamond cut finish and part of the black painted finish. Leprecon's quote is $80 more then the other RFD recommended shop, Union. Any opinion on whether I should pay the premiun to do it at Leprecon?
Go with the cheaper option at least that was my plan earlier this year. I reached out to both shops through email with images of my wheels which I wanted to refinish

Union quoted $630 for all four. I've used them over 10 years ago and was happy with their work.

Leprecon quoted $640 to repair the curb rash and $800 for a full refinish.

The quotes included unmounting and re-mounting 225/40/18 tires.

Needless to say I picked Union rim but then I could not reach back to them through email or phone to book the wheel drop off. It was all during the months of Ontario Stay-at-Home order so I did not want to just drop in since both are a long drive from Mississauga.

Since I could not reach Union rim, I contacted Leprecon and dropped off my wheels and the repair took about 5 days. At pickup they mentioned less work was needed and charged less at $600 so that was good news. Another positive is that Leprecon quoted curb rash repair but they actually finished the whole wheel as I can tell the inner barrel was painted on all four wheels.

Overall I am pleased the the quality of work and the amount that I paid. Two of my wheel were really curbed(Image below). One of the four wheels came out less perfect than the others with a minor spray and some grainy texture behind at the edge of the spoke but it is minor enough that I'm not bothered for this car.

If the time comes to refinished another set of wheels I wont hesitate to give either company my money.

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I posted about Leprecon a few years ago.

One of the cheapest in the GTA, I was very happy with the job and pricing but regretted the color. My boy who bought my Enkei PF01 curbed them so he got it done there too. Matte Gold, which looked amazing. I honestly didn't know WTF I was trying to go for. LOL

He was done with it, bought my Niche 19's and sold the Enkei to my other boy. It got pass around. ;)

I thought about bringing my Enkei SS05 back to them but was undecided with the color to powder coat them. Red, purple or green, at the end I said I'll save my money. I just bought SuperSpeed RF02 19's for my Q3P.
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