Repairing cracked alloys

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Mon Jun 5 12:21:18 EDT 2006

Andrew Duane wrote:
> One of my tires had developed a slow leak lately. It turns out not to
> be the tire, but the wheel. There is a crack about 1.5" long near the
> edge of the bead. What are the chances for welding/repairing this?
> I hate to have to shell out for a new wheel.....

I had a crack on one of the BBS web wheels on my (late, lamented) 200.
A tire store put in some goop to seal the wheel/tire, and it seemed to
work, BUT... that crack isn't going to get any better.

There are companies that rebuild wheels -- weld cracks, clean up beads,
repaint and refinish like new -- but they aren't cheap.  

I ended up getting a used wheel -- not as pretty as new, but it looked
like the others and was <$100.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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