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Old 03-08-2011, 11:33 PM
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Bent Rim Question!

Hey I recently got some Accord wheels. Turns out one of the rims is bent on the inside. The rim still holds its air fine. When I got tires mounted, the guy at the tire shop told me to put it on the rear and I shouldn't feel it. He showed me on the balance machine that it wobbles when spinning. Stupid move on my part by not asking if it could be balanced out.

So with that said, I was wondering how safe it is to ride on the bent rim? I know that I will eventually get uneven wear on the tire but would I be risking my life by driving on the bend? Or am I just being overdramatic with the bend and the bend isn't that bad?


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Re: Bent Rim Question!

Yes, the bend is bad. no it cant be balanced out.

I just bought a brand new 17" aluminum wheel for our 2007 Accord EX-L from the honda dealer for $160. Factory Honda wheels are usually inexpensive.
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

hard turns you stand a chance of blowing the bead. the guy at the tire shop should not have even put a tire on that wheel.
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

look up alloy wheel repair specialist our company is world wide . should cost you 100 to have it straitened ... will be like a brand new wheel
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

I would just buy a new wheel if you get it for a decent price. With a bend like like it's probably gonna cause a little premature tire wear.. I would just replace the wheel if the price to repair it is even half the cost of the wheel..
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

i have cracked&bent the lip 1 of my current wheels and had it repaired, no probs. except that 1 of the letters on the lip was missing lol. having it repaired is a good idea if you can't/don't want to buy another wheels/set of wheels.

downside - could take a week or so...ask your repairer
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search craigslist... I always see wheel repairs for ~$50
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

from past experience...., your going to notice that it wobbles, and vibrates a hell of a lot more on the rear, rather that on the front...

sounds crazy..., but true, at least for me, (and I had a bent rim just like yours)

on the rear it seemed to throw the rear end off which affected my steering, and the vibration would get worse with speed, not stop after a certain speed like a worn bushing or something..., when on front, you feel it in the steering wheel more, but you don't have hardly the vibration... probably cause more weight or something....

all this don't mean sh*t though.... you need a new rim...but for now, try to get if fixed for cheap... don't spend more than around 50-60 bucks for it..., hell you might as well just buy a new rim.... keep in mind, that aluminum loses its strength when so called "fixed" by someone with a torch.. it becomes soft, and stays soft after torching it.., it could fail when you need it the most... for real.

but whatever works... I would do what ever costs the least amount of money... because I'm cheap, and I must like learning things the hard way.

but think about the cost of unmounting, and remounting, and balancing of the tire... on top of getting the rim fixed
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

That wheel will never be truly balanced, the beed on the tire will will wear out quicker, more than likely u will feel vibration. I work at discount tire and have self with bent rims many times, even if u go to a place were they fix rims it will never be trully fixed, ur hette4 of just getting a new rim
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Re: Bent Rim Question!

Thanks for the replies & help guys. I decided to just sell the wheels instead of bothering with the wheels. I bought the wheels for my 5th gen cause they were cheap, no wonder why. I have RSX-S wheels so I'm not complaining on going back.


My final question, is the next person to own the rims safe? I want to sell them to get my money back but I'm worried for the next owners safety. I wouldn't want to sell them and then see headlines on the news, "Big car wreck due to bent rims off craigslist." lol
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Thanks for the replies & help guys. I decided to just sell the wheels instead of bothering with the wheels. I bought the wheels for my 5th gen cause they were cheap, no wonder why. I have RSX-S wheels so I'm not complaining on going back.


My final question, is the next person to own the rims safe? I want to sell them to get my money back but I'm worried for the next owners safety. I wouldn't want to sell them and then see headlines on the news, "Big car wreck due to bent rims off craigslist." lol

just tell the buyer whats up.... then its on them....
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hard turns you stand a chance of blowing the bead. the guy at the tire shop should not have even put a tire on that wheel.
x2, and bs you won't feel it, if a wheel is out of balance on the front you'll feel it in the steering wheel, if its out of balance on the back you'll feel it in your seat.
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hard turns you stand a chance of blowing the bead. the guy at the tire shop should not have even put a tire on that wheel.
x2, and bs you won't feel it, if a wheel is out of balance on the front you'll feel it in the steering wheel, if its out of balance on the back you'll feel it in your seat.
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u can feel the back in ur steering wheel, u won't feel it as much as ur front cause on most typical front wheel drive cars u can feel the front 80 percent and the rear 20 percent. One way u can feel the back good is if u go around 40 mph and lift the e-brake if u can feel it in the steering wheel get the rear balnced and if its still doing it u probably have ****ed up rotors on the rear
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