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Bent Wheel Repair #4778282
06/05/18 03:22 PM
06/05/18 03:22 PM
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DriveHard Offline OP
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Anybody ever had this done before? Did it work? I have two of the 17" wheels on my Fiat with a bend in them. The bend is on the inside, which I hear could be repairable. Just wondering if they are ever "right" again?


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Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: DriveHard] #4778301
06/05/18 03:34 PM
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I've had a few Mercedes wheels bent back. Happened with 18 and 17 inch rims. They were about $95 a rim. I guess they were fine afterwards, they were balanced and didn't notice any vibration afterwards. I did have one with a crack too, wasn't worth fixing, it would have required welding it and then bending it back and it was cheaper just to buy a refurbed oem wheel on eBay.

Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: DriveHard] #4778318
06/05/18 03:49 PM
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I have had alloy wheels fixed several times and wrote about on here. I've used these people locally for years now: http://wheelmedic.com/services


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Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: DriveHard] #4778321
06/05/18 03:53 PM
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Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: DriveHard] #4778359
06/05/18 04:37 PM
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Aluminum isn't good at bending, then bending back, and retaining its strength.

Just an anecdote: I had a customer's car with a bent rim. I marked the bend with a paint pen and sent it out for straightening. It came back, the customer went on his merry way for a day or two, and he was soon back with the same rim... bent in the same spot... as evidenced by my original paint pen. blush Some minor pothole or bump in the road had found the soft spot which was caused by the repair. shrug

Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: DriveHard] #4778422
06/05/18 05:58 PM
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Just 2 weeks ago I had someone manage to bend the heck out of all 4 wheels, and destroy all 4 tires on a 2017 Jaguar F-type with the optional 20 inch wheels. Replacements were over $8000, and I had them all repaired for $600, plus $1200 worth of new tires.


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Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: Wolf359] #4778506
06/05/18 07:51 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Originally Posted By: Wolf359
I've had a few Mercedes wheels bent back. Happened with 18 and 17 inch rims. They were about $95 a rim. I guess they were fine afterwards, they were balanced and didn't notice any vibration afterwards. I did have one with a crack too, wasn't worth fixing, it would have required welding it and then bending it back and it was cheaper just to buy a refurbed oem wheel on eBay.
it's illegal to weld a cracked rim


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Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: DriveHard] #4778819
06/06/18 07:33 AM
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Middle of Iowa
DriveHard Offline OP
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Thank you for the feedback. Guess I will give it a shot...especially since I can no longer get the aftermarket rims that are on the car (which look amazing). THANKS!


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Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: Chris142] #4778988
06/06/18 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
it's illegal to weld a cracked rim


Would you cite something here? your city, state, the US? To what does it apply?

Thanks!

Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: George Bynum] #4779395
06/06/18 05:42 PM
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Yeah that's an old rumor that gets passed around the tire shop. Lawmakers don't codify automotive repair procedures other than to say that you should follow OEM guidelines or the nebulous and problematic "industry standards".

Re: Bent Wheel Repair [Re: Chris142] #4779763
06/07/18 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Originally Posted By: Wolf359
I've had a few Mercedes wheels bent back. Happened with 18 and 17 inch rims. They were about $95 a rim. I guess they were fine afterwards, they were balanced and didn't notice any vibration afterwards. I did have one with a crack too, wasn't worth fixing, it would have required welding it and then bending it back and it was cheaper just to buy a refurbed oem wheel on eBay.
it's illegal to weld a cracked rim


Is that state or federal law? I can't remember the price, but the guy I used to bend it back said he didn't do it and he had to send it out to get welded. Maybe whoever does the welding is licensed? Anyway, it was going to be more than $140 which is what I paid for a refurbed OEM rim on eBay, they had replicas for $125. The refurb place offered $20 for the old bent rim, but wouldn't offer anything for the cracked one.


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