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Old 05-08-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Arrow Place to straighten rims?

I'm looking for a reputable place to straighten out slight bends in my wheels. They are noticeable when spinning on a balancer but not when you just look at them standing still.

Should I even bother or would new balanced tires most likely hide the bends?

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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depends if they are forged or cast. if cast, throw them out.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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depends if they are forged or cast. if cast, throw them out.
Why would it matter weather they are forged or cast? Lots of great, strong, and pretty expensive wheels are made through casting. BBS, Enkei, Hartge, OZ, ect.. If they are cheap replica casts made with poor materials, thatís a different story.

I would say it matters more what wheels they are. Could be that the straightening process for that one wheel may be the same cost as buying another good condition used set, or one brand new rim.

I would actually like some recommendations for this also. I have seen a few places mentioned in other threads but they all seem to have as many bad experiences connected to them as good ones.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:26 PM   #4
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I will call Simply Tire and see who they recommend if they don't do it themselves.

This would be for my 17x7.5" et35 Momo's.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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Try union rim repair. They do straightening too I think.

Did a nice job repairing and refinishing my wheels.
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The Wheel Fix. Straightened my BBS RJ that was bent to the hub.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I spoke to SimplyTire who said he doesn't do it hut he recommended Rick at Precision Rim Repair and he said momos are pretty soft. So I'm probably not going to straighten them and keep looking for a new set.
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The Wheel Fix. Straightened my BBS RJ that was bent to the hub.

Talk to Theresa (705)879-6224
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Was it just one wheel? what did it run you?

Thats a long drive.
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Try union rim repair. They do straightening too I think.

Did a nice job repairing and refinishing my wheels.
Those looks great. What finish is that? Were they painted? thats pretty much the exact finish I'm looking for.

Also how much if you dont mind me asking?
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Was it just one wheel? what did it run you?

Thats a long drive.
They pick up twice a week in the GTA. They straightened one wheel and refinished the lips on all 4 rims. Sorry, I think I said my RJ's... I meant my RZ's. Cost about $100 per wheel. Came out great!

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Old 05-12-2012, 08:46 PM   #11
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all the old muscle car guys use a dead blow mallet, wrap the lip with a towel and smack it with a hammer/mallet, or use a block of wood and a hammer/mallet to straighten bends in rims.

don't be afraid to whack em pretty good!
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Those looks great. What finish is that? Were they painted? thats pretty much the exact finish I'm looking for.

Also how much if you dont mind me asking?
They are powdercoated grey centres, machined lips and then clearcoated. I think it was called Dark Chrome, although it's really looks like more of a medium silver. I switched it to this colour from gunmetal at the last minute. I could check my bill.

$600+HST to strip and refinish all 4. One had to be welded and machined, but John only charged me another $50 for the extra work.

I saw the same complaints about most re-finishing places. My Dinans aren't made anymore, and very hard to replace (you can't buy indivudal wheels even used most times) so I was pretty paranoid about letting a shop touch them. Union seemed to have a positive balance of comments. Very happy with the end product.

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Old 08-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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Have a bent to the hub rim. Wobbles by an inch or so. Will contact WheelFix.
Thanks for the suggestion!

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:17 PM   #14
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Holy shit! That is pretty bad. I'd be worried about it shearing the lugs off. That happened to me on my E46, snapped 3 bolts. Similar wobble, too.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #15
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Yea dropped off the paved surface of the track.

Everything torqued up properly when I put the spare wheel on, but I'll double check the studs. Need to get the alignment checked too.
I think it just bent the rim spokes. Hopefully nothing else bent on the car.

Start 3:25 in to see the off.
http://youtu.be/Rdt4UFPhR34?t=3m28s
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Start 3:10 on the in car camera.
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