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Old 12-10-10, 04:51 PM   #1
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I am looking for some wheels for my SC300. I don't think that my wheels/tires should cost close to what the car is worth. I don't mind buying used. However, many of the used wheels for sale seem to have that little "hardly noticeable" bent area on the outer lip of one of the tires.

I have heard conflicting opinions about these small bent areas. Some say it causes very noticeable roughness at certain speeds, and others say you that can't feel a small bend at all.

Should I stay away from wheels with a small visible bend? It seems that my choices are to either get a brand new, fairly inexpensive set of wheels for $800-1200.00, or buy a "better quality" used set for the same amount of money, and take a chance on getting a bad wheel or two in the set.

What 's the verdict????
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Drawing on my own personal experiences, any type of irregularity in a wheel, no matter the size, is going to cause you headaches.

I had 2 very very slight flat spots in my fronts, I must've hit something again (damn freeway roadworks) and air leaks out of one of the tyres. There's no visible damage to the tyre though so who knows, it's a pity because the fronts are only about 6000km old.
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as long as the tire holds air, it'll be fine. obviously, we don't want bent wheels (they LOOK bad), but they won't auto-disintegrate at 88mph.
if it's not broken bad, it can be fixed, and well below the cost of replacing the rim
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Stay far away from bent or repaired wheels.

Small cracks are not a big deal. Just "out of round" wheels..

"Out of round" wheels can be fixed, sure, but they will always be wavy. They WILL VIBRATE.

I tried 3 times. 1 HRE bent inner barrel (3 piece), 1 I Forged (Bent lip), and a set of MAYA wheels who I bought from a a liar CL member on here not too long ago. Had to replace the barrels. They were all screwed after repair. wavy as hell. I have NEVER had an "out of round" wheel turn out well. I have been to shops in SD and LA that are supposedly top notch. They tell you the same thing. Yea $100 for repair "out of round" wheel but still may vibrate a little. Screw that! Drive around with forever vibrating steering wheel? No thanks!


Once an "out of round" wheel has been repaired its wavy. it will always be screwed. Despite what all the "experts" on here say.
That's the beauty of 3 piece. If you bend the lip or barrel you can replace just that part.
bent or repaired wheels are not worth getting even if your getting them for cheaper.

Repairing an OOR wheel will be one of those moments you'll regret after you take all the time, money & trouble to get a wheel repaired and you'll be driving down the road with the steering wheel vibrations and you'll be pissed you were a cheap ***.

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Slight bends can be fixed easily by reputable wheel repair specialists
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Stay far away from bent or repaired wheels.
They can be fixed sure but they will always be wavy.
I tried 3 time one HRE, One I Forged, and a set of MAYA wheels.
I have NEVER had them turn out well.
Not worth getting them for cheaper IMO.
seen wheels look brand new after my guy gets them. your guy is doing it wrong.
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I would stay away from wheels with serious bends personally. If it has a small bend that can be easily repaired or you have a really good repair guy, then go for it.
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I'd say it depends on the bend. Many can be fixed. If you go used, definately make sure the ride is ok and that it balances out. I've had a few wheels years ago that have been repaired, mostly the lip areas. Hope this helps
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yeah it all depends on the damage. Ive bought wheels with slight bends and they balance and ride fine
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Well, these comments make everything as clear as mud! Are there many places out there that "repair" wheels? Are these type of shops few and far between?
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Depends on your area.. in CA they are bountiful. You always have the option to ship your wheel to one of these places if a local shop is not available to you.
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Drawing on my own personal experiences, any type of irregularity in a wheel, no matter the size, is going to cause you headaches.
Not true because there is no such thing as a perfect circle. Any bent can always be fixed, its when they are warpped when you're screwed! Big difference.

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seen wheels look brand new after my guy gets them. your guy is doing it wrong.
Yep, I have a hook up for any wheel issues. Back when I was 16, my spindle broke (funny story), anyways, my wheel got dragged for a few seconds under the car and about 1/3 of the wheel got shaved off. I was looking to get a replaicement, when the guy from the wheel place tells me he can repair it. When I got the wheel back it looked as good as new
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Not true because there is no such thing as a perfect circle. Any bent can always be fixed, its when they are warpped when you're screwed! Big difference.
That's like saying that nothing stays in one given shape unless it's at absolute freezing point. We all know what a wheel is supposed to and not supposed to be shaped like. When I say irregularities I mean flat spots but I'm sure you knew that

As I posted up what I said is based on my own personal experiences. I wouldn't go off fixing any (any=every) form of bend that a wheel can suffer, pending the severity. There are times when it seems it's better to replace the shell.
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I edited my original post.

Beardog,
If you decide to go with these wheels with the bent lip. Please take pictures and post up how the repair was. Cost & outcome. We need a wheels repair thread. There's lots on who to go to for wheel repair but none of the actual results and reviews on the different shops.
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