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RangeRover
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 174
posted January 15, 2003 11:50 AM
I've been collecting some beat up Aero and MRT wheels that have taken some hits. I don't want to toss them just yet because they look like they may be hammered back. Has anyone had success with saving bent wheels? Mine are 8" steel standard weight.

RC Racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted January 15, 2003 01:33 PM
As I'm sure you realize, it depends on how bad they're bent. So without seeing the wheels you've got, I can't say for sure if you can save them or not....

But to direcly answer your question, I've beaten a few wheels back into submission (used some unkid words towards them in the process too) and had no problems with them.
I'm talking about the bead surface now. Not the axle mounting area of the wheel (too dangerous to mess with there)

The only thing I did was apply a little heat to the area and used either a small sledge or crescent wrench to bend them back. And then paid special attention to this area for leaks once I remounted and aired up the tire. Also would not do this more than once to a wheel (if it gets bent again, new wheel time)

This was done on 10" wheels with soft/med compound hoosiers mounted to it.

Good luck & use safety has your judgement

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ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted January 15, 2003 04:39 PM
I have fixed a few with success if you look at them and think you have a chance go for it. When in doubt throw em out

[This message has been edited by ryan (edited January 15, 2003).]

dirtracer50
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted January 15, 2003 05:21 PM
I have a sponsor with a wheel straightener. It's pretty old but still gets the job done. It has saved me quite a bit of money over the years. Some people may look at you like your crazy but try asking around at old repair shops or body shops someone may have one laying around. Thought maybe this would help.

racer2
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 166
posted January 15, 2003 06:43 PM
I have heated a few and they worked...

c21
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 346
posted January 16, 2003 10:02 AM
quote:
Originally posted by dirtracer50:
I have a sponsor with a wheel straightener. It's pretty old but still gets the job done. It has saved me quite a bit of money over the years. Some people may look at you like your crazy but try asking around at old repair shops or body shops someone may have one laying around. Thought maybe this would help.

can you get a picture of this unit?

c21


DMS CEO
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 212
posted January 16, 2003 11:59 AM
Boys be careful of using bent up wheels on long tracks it will cause wheel hop on the big end...I know from experience(four new shocks later)the wheels will cause it straightened or not.

c21
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 346
posted January 16, 2003 01:32 PM
Good point,

wheels repaired (and otherwise)
should be checked for trueness, I have a front hub/spindle that I put in a vise to check wheels. It makes it easier to see where a wheel really needs to be repaired (and if the center is bent, to see that it is junk).

c21

15a
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted January 16, 2003 03:56 PM
Rim straighting tool available from "Specialty Products" part #8130. No supplier know but a tire shop may know of this company. Looks like a "large" wrench that will fix the flange.

66jj
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 352
posted January 16, 2003 05:00 PM
just turn them upside down on your tire machine and hammer the bead area back down..

coats 10-10 or 20 -20.

dirtracer50
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted January 16, 2003 10:30 PM
C21 I'll try to get a picture sometime and post it. It has a way to spin the wheel and check for straight. If I remember correctly it seems like it was a Bear brand I remember the same company also made front end alignment machines.

c21
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 346
posted January 17, 2003 10:44 AM
quote:
Originally posted by dirtracer50:
C21 I'll try to get a picture sometime and post it. It has a way to spin the wheel and check for straight. If I remember correctly it seems like it was a Bear brand I remember the same company also made front end alignment machines.


love to see it, maybe my tire sponsor (who gave me a tire machine a couple of years ago) can dig one of these up for me!

c21

15a
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted January 17, 2003 01:24 PM
Copy of the rim tool on Speedway Motors website part#91082330. This style tool works great.

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