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post #1 of 7 Old Sep 2nd, 2008, 8:51 pm Thread Starter
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Bent Front Wheel

I hit a pothole and got a little bend in the wheel. I bought a new wheel ($800) but some have told me I could have had it straightened. Anyone out there had this experience and what did you do?

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post #2 of 7 Old Sep 2nd, 2008, 9:23 pm
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Re: Bent Front Wheel

It all depends on how it was bent. I hit a deep pothole and my wheel was in pretty bad shape. The very impressive damage was actually the most correctable, but the entire wheel itself was warped and here is no recovery for that.
Take your wheel to a specialist and he should tell you if it is repairable, and you may be in luck.

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Re: Bent Front Wheel

Billy,

Speaking from experience, it is my opinion that you did the right thing. I had one straightened only to turn around and replace. You can also sleep at night knowing that you have corrected the problem.

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Re: Bent Front Wheel

Over the years, I have had three wheels straightened: a rear one on a K100RS that I bought without test-riding (live and learn!), then front wheels on K1200RS and K1200LT - that's what I get for living in NJ, pothole capital of the world.

The work was done by MC Wheel in Keene, NH. I think it was of excellent quality, the wheels were as good as new. As I recall, the cost was in the range of $150-$175 a few years ago. You can call them or check their site at http://www.mcwheel.com/.

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Re: Bent Front Wheel

Although a wheel may be (so call) correctable, these are made from a cast, and once a composit of such gets damaged, your still likely to have a weak point lying somewhere within the rim. All-be-it, based on the seriousness of the damage. A nick from running of the edge of a curb is one thing. Hitting a pot hole that creates something serious enough to make you purchased another rim is another.

The only way to truely tell the rims trueness (if you will) is to have it checked for stress fractures, generally something your not likely to see with the naked eye.

Remember how you would have a head off an engine checked... send it to the shop and they would run a magnaflux test on it to check for cracks.

In similarity, but a test for this paticular make of rim.

It bites the wallet, but removes the doubt.

I'm with you on this one.
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Re: Bent Front Wheel

I bent both the flanges out about 3/16 inch in both rims on my 2000 R1100RT in a stone edged pothole. The wheel still held air and drove smoothly, but of course it looked like hell.

I used a humongous vise to straighten them without even removing the tire. The wheels both run true now and by being careful, I didn't even have to fix the paint. Done carefully a minor bend can be repaired, and any crack propagation will show as a loss of air pressure.

If the wheel is so bent that it doesn't run smooth anymore, I have to agree that the rim should be replaced.
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Re: Bent Front Wheel

Had an outfit fix my front wheel after hitting a rock. Was only a $50 charge and a new wheel would have been $1200 CDN.

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