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Author Topic:   Salvaging Tweaked Wheels
RangeRover
Member
posted January 15, 2003 11:50 AM
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
Member
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
Member
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
Member
posted January 15, 2003 06:43 PM
I have heated a few and they worked...


c21
Member
posted January 16, 2003 10:02 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
Member
posted January 16, 2003 01:32 PM
just turn them upside down on your tire machine and hammer the bead area back down..

coats 10-10 or 20 -20.

dirtracer50
Member
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
Member
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
Member
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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