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Bent wheel, fixable?
firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Paul Andrews) wrote:
>I have a slight bend in one of my alloy wheels on my 90. Not bad, just not
>worth it to go have a $100 spent taking it somewhere to have it fixed.
>My question: Has anyone been able to beat the bends out with like a rawhide
>mallet or anything? Is this safe and or plausible? TIA!
No. Better to live with it than trying to fix it yourself. The pros heat
the alloy up to a specific temp and then bend the wheel back into shape.
You could introduce stress fractures which will make the $100 seem cheap
by comparison when your wheel turns into a pretzel or breaks at the most
inconvenient time, like when passing a semi. I've used Wheel Collision
Center in Bath, PA for fixing 3 small bends in a 17" forged Gotti wheel.
It was not cheap at $120 but much cheaper than the original $600 cost of
the NLA wheel.
Steve Jagernauth ---------> email@example.com
'87 5ktqw, '87 5kt, '88 5ks, '74 911/3.0