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Well as many of you might know, I hit a large pothole on the highway and as a result got a flat tire. After further examination, I realized that the rim has cracked. Just my luck, huh.
I think the tire is in good shape, its as a result of the bent rim that I believe caused me to loose air.
I didnt even notice it when removing the rim and putting on that little spare, but I was going to take the whole wheel to get a new tire mounted, and realized that there was a bend on the inner lip (it looks fine from the outside, just the backside of the rim is damaged). It bent about a 5" piece of the inner frame which resulted in a 6-7" crack in the rim itself. I found a rim repair shop in PA that im shipping the entire wheel to tomorrow to see if they can repair it.
The rim is a 22" Zenettie Lucre (which I didnt know was made in china...hmm) and although its withstanded numerous other potholes, I was pleased with the quality of the wheel, up to this incident.

Im just wondering if anyone has any info regarding repairing cracked or bent rims? To go and buy another rim would set me back close to $800....so hopefully they will be able to fix this one for a couple hundred (they quoted me $110-300). Would you guys recommend this or what? Im kinda stuck here :eek:uch:
 

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Repairing a cracked wheel is not advisable. I'm really surprised they would accept the liability of doing that. Besides how would they rechrome the lip? As far as $800.00 price goes thats s little high we could do it for $599.00 shipped to your door.
 

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Trust me, there are alot of things that I wouldn't do, but c'mon I've had all sorts of wheels straightened and there are shops that specifically do this type of work in cali. Like you said... why would they do this if they felt it wasn't safe. Save the dough lennox and have a pro visably inspect the bend to see if repair is a safe option.

EDIT: ooops this is a cracked wheel = differn't story
 

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if worst comes to worst, i will just purchase a new rim, most likely from Avon, unless i can find cheaper.
however, i dont agree saying that repairing a cracked rim is not advisable. this is what looks like a minor crack to me and hopefully theyll be able to repair it. only problem is the shop is about 2 hours away from me. i talked to the repair shop today, that specializes in repairing cracked rims, and he said he really had to see it in person to know if it can be fixed or not. i imagine pounding the dent out of the INSIDE lip (the back of the wheel, not visable when mounted) with a rubber hammer, and welding the crack would fix it, however i will leave that to a professional.
im going to send the rim out tomorrow, and see what they say.
ill try and to post pictures of the damage so you can see for yourselves. oh, and thanks for the reassurance mvpatriot! hopefully i can resolve this without having to purchase a new rim.
 

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i had cracked 2 of my rims driving on the highway when i had my base 300. there was a shop that could have fixed it for me. they claimed they did many of them a day. there was nothing bent at all just a huge crack on the inside of each rim. i just decided to go back my stock wheels and never really followed up on it. i would say go for it if they can fix it. imo
 

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If it was me I wouldn't trust a cracked wheel being repaired. Wouldn't your comprehensive or collision insurance cover this? I guess that would depend on your deductible though.
 

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I used Wheels America to repair one of my Budniks on my old RT that was bent by a pothole. They charged a flat fee (125.00, if I recall) to repair it. I dropped it off one morning, and picked it up the next. Looked good as new when they were done!

It looks like they have a location near you......

www.fixrim.com

--Bo
 

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Hmmmmm......Im getting alotta mixed imput here guys, and I dont know who to trust. Like I said, Im no expert in the area of wheel repair, but from what I can *visually* see, I would imagine that the rim could be repaired. However, I dont trust driving on the rim as it is right now, but if I can get it professionally fixed Id much rather take that route rather than having to purchase a new rim.
...I mean logically, why would these professional and reputable rim repair shops even exist if you really couldnt repair a rim?! I would think if people dont trust repairing broken/cracked/bent rims, then the 2 shops that I have already found, nearby (not to mention on a national scale) would cease to exist.

Bo'sRT-thanks for the reference, I am going to call them tomorrow and see what they have to say. Until I get the wheel fixed, Ill be forced to drive my damn Land Rover and my baby will sit in the driveway with that unsightly spare on it. Guess thats just the price you have to pay when upgrading to 22's :(
 

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yah when i had a bagged gmc sierra truck i cracked one of my wheels and very trustworthy wheels shop around here told me that you could repair it and maybe have no problems, but as soon as you hit that pot hole again, itll tear it up, worse this time than the last possibly causing you to loose control and wreck... basically DONT DO IT, convert it into a coffee table or something, thats what i did!! and 800 bucks where do you get that from? look online or something, most zenetti wheels go for around 500 a piece. you would be surprised most places will sell just one wheels as well
 

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Hmmmmm......Im getting alotta mixed imput here guys, and I dont know who to trust. Like I said, Im no expert in the area of wheel repair, but from what I can *visually* see, I would imagine that the rim could be repaired. However, I dont trust driving on the rim as it is right now, but if I can get it professionally fixed Id much rather take that route rather than having to purchase a new rim.
...I mean logically, why would these professional and reputable rim repair shops even exist if you really couldnt repair a rim?! I would think if people dont trust repairing broken/cracked/bent rims, then the 2 shops that I have already found, nearby (not to mention on a national scale) would cease to exist.

Bo'sRT-thanks for the reference, I am going to call them tomorrow and see what they have to say. Until I get the wheel fixed, Ill be forced to drive my damn Land Rover and my baby will sit in the driveway with that unsightly spare on it. Guess thats just the price you have to pay when upgrading to 22's :(

The rim COULD be repaired but it will never be as strong as it was originally... not sure i would want to put my 30k car in that kind of position
 
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