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Eric Barbaric Verified Driver
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I bent a Kazera wheel in a bad tire wall incident last Fall. Didn't know it was bent til I mounted a new tire and watched it on the balancer.

I took the new tire back off and put it on another wheel.

Now, what to do with the bent wheel? Can they be made true again? Where does one take a wheel to have that work done? Is there a rule of thumb for "If it is this far out of whack, forget it... buy another wheel"?

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It depends on the type of damage. Some can be fixed others not.

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Don't take a chance on a $100 wheel. Pitch it and buy a new one.

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quote:
Originally posted by D.B. Cutler:
Don't take a chance on a $100 wheel. Pitch it and buy a new one.

+1
is not that much $ to just buy a new one

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quote:
Originally posted by D.B. Cutler:
Don't take a chance on a $100 wheel. Pitch it and buy a new one.

The best answer

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Eric Barbaric Verified Driver
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Pitching it is probably sage advice.

After all, I'd probably spend between $30 and $50 for a shop to mess with it. May as well put that toward a new one and have that extra measure of confidence in my equipment.

Just curious, though... have there been SM wrecks because of wheels that broke? I've seen plenty of reports of cracked spokes and such, but I don't think I've seen anyone say they crashed or spun because of a broken wheel.

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I fix mine and I know a lot of folks that fix theirs too, for bent rims that is. Shop will tell you if it's too bent to fix.

That $100 wheel really cost you $150+ with shipping, to fix a bent rim cost <$50. I guess I race too much to just buy new when it's easier and a lot cheaper to fix.

I've seen a couple broken ProRace wheels, but no broken Kozeis and only one broken Kazerra after hitting the wall hard.

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quote:
Originally posted by B Wilson:
I've seen a couple broken ProRace wheels, but no broken Kozeis and only one broken Kazerra after hitting the wall hard.

It didn't hit the wall hard...it hit the Camaro hard and then spun into the wall. [Razz]

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Ah, much better [Smile]

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What happens more times than not when a wheel takes a good shot and breaks and or bends, is that it usually bends down by the mounting face/hub also, which can not be fixed. Remember that most of the wheels used on Miatas are gravity cast or low pressure cast, not forged...they are not really designed to take too much of a beating, one good hit could make it fail the next time.......for $100 or $120 a wheel, it is better to just replace it. Wheels in general on all track cars, especially if raced, should be replaced every two years at the max..they do fatigue after time.

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Eric Barbaric Verified Driver
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The hit resulted in the LF lower A-arm being bent, so I'm glad you mentioned that the mounting face of the hub might be bent.

Maybe a good rule of thumb is that if something else got bent as a result of the wheel taking a hit, the wheel is toast.

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Sorry I didn't read close enough. Not likely fixable. The bends we get fixed are the result of banging curbs not walls.

-b

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I'm pretty sure the cost to fix one is about $100

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