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post #1 of 9 Old Apr 11th, 2007, 11:40 am Thread Starter
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Bent Front Rim

I just had new Metz put on and the tech told me that my front rim was bent. It is only visible when the wheel is spinning and he was able to balance the tire. It is not possible to see it or any mark when the wheel is not moving. There is no noticeable damage on the rim and riding at 80 MPH is as smooth as silk. I am not aware of hitting anything very hard and it feels safe. I can even take my hands off of the handlebars at highway speed with no wobble or movement. I have the web site of a company that can straighten it to factory specs for around $200 and wonder if it is really necessary.

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Mine was bent and I remember doing it. Same situation as yours and I did nada and never had a problem.



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From what you describe it wouldn't seem necessary to "fix" it. If it were mine I would do one more check though ----- an aggressive high speed ( work progressively up to this) stop. You wouldn't want to find out during the real thing that a 200 dollar repair could have made a difference.
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that front wheel is expensive....($500 ?)
I bent mine and had to replace it and they got the wrong wheel first time around (there are two for our LT's)
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85 MPH and "Nothing"

Just got back from a short trip on the interstate and I'm amazed at how smooth it rides. I did several quick stops with nothing out of the ordinary happening. Guess I'll leave it alone and scuff up the new tires for the next 100 miles or so. Rim could have been this way for quite a while. Strange thought that there are no marks on it! and I don't ever remember hitting anything hard enough to give it the slight bend. Still got the mirrors attached.

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From what you describe it wouldn't seem necessary to "fix" it. If it were mine I would do one more check though ----- an aggressive high speed ( work progressively up to this) stop. You wouldn't want to find out during the real thing that a 200 dollar repair could have made a difference.
i did that this weekend, my rim is noticably bent, and i will tell ya at 140mph+ it was still smooth, i have original tires with 15k miles and everything was fine, and this was towards the end of a 1250 mile trip, i would rest easy on this one, now if it were cracked, thats a different story alltogether.
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Wouldn't something like "road damage" be covered under Comprehensive? Point is moot if you have $500 Deductible.

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If the wheel holds true, I would leave it alone. The worst case is that the tire would wear out a little faster but then if it is balanced...

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If the wheel holds true, I would leave it alone. The worst case is that the tire would wear out a little faster but then if it is balanced...
Guess that is what balancing is for.......... seems to be working. Off to the fish tank! Shark tank needs to be cleaned

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