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Old 05-15-2019, 03:53 PM
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I bent my (aluminum) rim enough for the tire to loose air. Turning right, my right rear tire slipped into a hole created my semi trucks turning. The inside lip of the wheel caught on the edge of the paved road.

I was able to pound it back 99.5%. Air leaked at the bend at a rate of 1 psi/day.

Does anyone have experience with WHEEL REPAIR SHOPS ?

Should I discard the wheel or have a repair shop work on it ?
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:01 PM
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Don't know where you live, but it may be cheaper to buy a wheel from Craigslist or a wrecking/pull-a-part yard.
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I've had a few, maybe 5, repaired. Some held air some didn't. The two different shops I've used made the wheel look and function like brand new. Cost has been around $100-$150 .
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Pigman67 - Don't know where you live, but it may be cheaper to buy a wheel from Craigslist or a wrecking/pull-a-part yard.
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Don't rule-out ebaY for used and/or take-offs.
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I spent $100 at NW Wheel Repair and the used rim I bought for my previous vehicle was like new.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:01 PM
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You didn't say where you're at, but there's a company in OC Kaliforniastan called "Wheels America' that's a friggen MACHINE.
I don't know how they got so busy, but it's basically a wheel straightening factory, running 24 hours/day. They apparently even invented the machines they use.
I used 'em 20 years ago to straighten a $1700 BBS racing wheel that I caught on the edge of a trailer and put a nice kink in .
Only cost $100 or so and was good as new when they finished
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:06 AM
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I am located in Atlanta.

When the "accident" occurred, I was TOTALLY SURPRISED at how much my truck fish-tailed and was out-of-control. Because of this alone, I ordered a new wheel and tire, primarily because I do not want a catastrophic failure some day on the interstate. $450 + $200 OUCH !!

I still have the old wheel and a NEW TIRE (it was under warranty) so I am contemplating having a wheel repair shop look at and work on the wheel. I am concerned about leakage, balance, and out of square possibilities.
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You can find lots of stock wheel replacements on facebook marketplace, craigslist and ebay. Even in local salvage yards. I'm not convinced that repairing a cast wheel is better than replacing it... especially considering that you and your family are in your truck at 70+mph. It's just too easy to replace it.
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