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post #1 of 13 Old 11-16-2008, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Bent front rim

Today I discovered that my front rim is bent. I had noticed a wobble at about 45 mph and a severe instalibility at about 130 but had attributed it to tires. Today I mounted a new set of tires and noticed that the wobble became constant. I figured it was the new front tire but when I checked I discovered that my front rim was bent. It seems to be about 1/8" out. Anybody got a spare front rim or know where I can get mine fixed? Can any competent machine shop do it? Can I do it? It must have been that way since I got it because I've always had at least a slight wobble at about 45 mph.

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I don't know about where you live but I had mine fixed once. Exactly the same thing. My tire couldn't even be balanced. The bend was very minimal but still noticeable. Low speed it was fine, speeds at about 130 miles an hour I got a good shake. It cost me $200 to get it straightened, repainted and tire re-mounted. I didn't feel it was worth the money to buy a new one and didn't want to chance a used one on e-bay. They can repair a rim even if you break it in two. A lot of guys here say don't repair them, but mine is almost two years sice getting it repaired.

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3mm out.
I wonder if it would be possible to press it out with a vise and steel plates? I have all of that.

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Not at all worth it to me. I would spend the money and let a expert do it. You only have two wheels to ride on, make sure that both of them are good!

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Repair depends on how the wheel is bent. Dented wheels can normally be straightened. Wheels that wobble side to side generally are not repairable.

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I wonder if it would be possible to press it out with a vise and steel plates? I have all of that.
cast aluminum is tricky to bend... it'll either bend or break, i'd pay someone to do it.

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Soundman, put a post up on WERA forums. Someone there would know where to take the rim for repair.

As a guideline, if the damage is not at one of the spokes, it can be repaired.

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Damage is to the lip of the rim only. Probably a pothole because the rim isn't scuffed, it's just out of alignment about 3mm to the left on both sides. The duration of the bend is about 8".

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-18-2008, 07:00 PM
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Theres one on Ebay...buy it now price is high but there is a make offer button

FrontRim on Ebay

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Kind of risky. Could have a 2 mil. bend and end up in the same boat.

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