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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2008, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Can a bent brake rotor be straightened?

I have a set of Galfer wave rotors that survived a hit and run accident on a 919 last spring. To the naked eye they're in perfect condition, but I just put them on my new 919 and one of them scrapes slightly with each rotation, so it's a little bit bent. The stock rotors went right back on there.

Is there a way to have this rotor straightened or is it scrap? It is noticable when you rotate the wheel, but it seems like a waste to pitch them if it can be fixed, especially since the bend is so slight I can't see it.

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You know, I didn't even think about a wheel repair shop... there's a local shop that fixes rashed and bent car wheels, I'll see if they can do bike rotors as well.

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I had a set of rotors off my VFR straightened at the Frame Man in Sacramento, Ca.
They didn't stay straight for very long though warped right back after a few hard runs.

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Most brake rotors have a small amount of runout that will make the noise you describe to one extent or another without causing a problem.
A bend of as little as 0.005" will cause the noise you describe, but not be visible. Did the front brake pulsate when applied? If so, they are pretty much done for.

The problem with straightening a bent rotor is when it was bent in the first place the metal on one surface stretches slightly and the other surface shrinks, realigning the granular structure of the metal. Straightening will undo this slightly, but invariably creates another set of stretch / shrink lines near the original bend but in the opposite direction. A couple of good heat cycles and the bends reappear.

If they cause a pulsation and you can't find a grinding business that can surface grind them without using a magnetic table I'm afraid they are history.

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Rob, I didn't even get around to checking for pulsing. One of the rotors was running smoothly when I spun the wheel and the other made a noticable draggind sound at one point every time it went through the pads. I didn't pursue it any further, I just pulled the wheel off and put the stock rotors back on...

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