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Old 08-21-2007, 01:35 PM   #1  
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Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone knows about repairing a bent rim and whether it would be better to simply replace the rim. I think I hit a monster hole in the ground in my old Focus today and the result is that the inside lip on the front rim is bent. I know that aluminum rims are not as ductile and malleable and can actually chip off when trying to repair it, so would it be better to just buy a new rim? There is a place locally that repairs bent aluminum rims for like $90-100, and a new factory rim would cost me $203
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Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone knows about repairing a bent rim and whether it would be better to simply replace the rim. I think I hit a monster hole in the ground in my old Focus today and the result is that the inside lip on the front rim is bent. I know that aluminum rims are not as ductile and malleable and can actually chip off when trying to repair it, so would it be better to just buy a new rim? There is a place locally that repairs bent aluminum rims for like $90-100, and a new factory rim would cost me $203

I would go visit them and discuss exactly how they do it and what their guanantee is.

You can also buy a used one from a Junkyard at probably less cost. Just do a search for salvage yards in your area.
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I would go visit them and discuss exactly how they do it and what their guanantee is.

You can also buy a used one from a Junkyard at probably less cost. Just do a search for salvage yards in your area.
Thanks, I did a check and the only used rims for cheap I was able to find were reconditioned rims of questionable history. I was basically told it could have been salvaged from a totaled car, but it could have also be a repaired bent rim as well.

I decided to just buy a new factory rim from the local Ford dealer, although this sucks. I'm going to hold onto the old rim and have it repaired and possibly used it as a spare which will allow me to ditch the donut in the trunk.
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:22 AM   #4  
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Problem with a cheap cast aluminum wheel is that under sudden pressure the crack.....even though it only looks like a bent rim and it is hilding air. chances are it has hairline fractures through out. So you pound it back out(or atleast the Rim shop will) then the next time you hit a pot hole the wheel completely fails and could cause even more damage.

True more expensive billet wheels can be bent back but only a little bit. even they could crack.

Cheap wheels do this!

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I would't trust anything on that one..
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