Excel rim ding removal tips...

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  • bajarunner

Posted December 15, 2003 - 04:39 PM


Is there a home remedy for removing a ding on a rim... I have a few little rim dings and I'm going to be selling it would like to clean it up...

any tips will help... with out destroying the thing.


  • xr650Lroostnya

Posted December 15, 2003 - 05:38 PM


just take the hammer to it and beat the shiot out of those dents!!!! :) :D

  • bajarunner

Posted December 15, 2003 - 06:07 PM


YA.. thats my issue. Its got black Excel rims and I'm going after any bit of re-sale I can... Begging for re- sale!!!

So...I gave it one good hammer hit, to check the "paint may chip" theory and as I expeced it chipped off.

What would someone say about heat? maybe discoloring of the rim... (from a "shiny black rim with a dent" to a "very dull, burned spot, dented rim...?)

Tire on/tire off ?

on bike/off bike?

anything or ideas?


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  • BrandonW

Posted December 16, 2003 - 08:02 AM


If you are talking about those big warps that happen to the rim when you hit a basketball sized rock at speed, here is a good one:

With the tire off, put the rim in a vice. Cut down some bolts so that they just fit inside the rim, and space them just *outside* your bent spot. Then, tighten the vice.

This will draw in your bent-out sidewall.

Use a cloth between your rim and the vice, and they will still look purty.


  • JackAttack

Posted December 16, 2003 - 09:11 AM


put the rim in a vice

I tried the vise theory, and after a few twists of the vise handle, I cracked the rim. :D

I went back to beating them out with a hammer.

BTW, can a cracked rim be welded? :)

  • irondude

Posted December 16, 2003 - 11:47 AM


There are so many bent rims out there. Why doesnt someone make a large stamp of the rim with a hydraulic press-to re-form them? Almost everyone has a dent or two.

I have had success pounding the small ones out a bit, but not much.

I had to deal with a severaly tacoed rim in Baja recently. The inner tube was showing-although it never went flat.

Anyway-i went to a Mexican tire changer--those Baja Mexicans can fix anything with a hammer, screwdriver, and some wire....so we took the tire off. Put LOTS of heat all around the bent spot-the 'heat' was an old paint can full of clay with about a pint of siphoned gas in it. It burned hot for 1/2 hour! SO after 10-15 minutes of putting the bent part of the rim over the fire we put the bottom part of the rim (un bent part) in a large vice to hold it. WIth me holding the other side of the wheel for support the mexican took monkey wrench/pipe wrench and just worked the bent spot - bending it back!
He moved it about an inch!!!
I told him to stop as i was sure it was going to crack-he said we could keep going--but really it was good enough for me. Cooled it in a bucket, put the tire back on--and the bead was fully contacting aluminum. It was a bit discolored-but nothing that couldnt be worked out with some Mothers Aluminum Polish. The rim made it the rest of the trip--maybe 250-300 miles. No flats....
I think the heat was hot enough to soften the aluminum, but not hot enough to burn some of the trace elements out of the alloy--meaning it was probably only a bit weaker than when we started, but not by as much as a gas torch might do.

SO anyway-- maybe some sort of combo heat (carefully applied) and then a vice (with wood or thick cloth at contact points) with monkey wrench or vice grips (again with cloth at contact points) is the way to go.

just an idea-

  • Moredesert

Posted December 16, 2003 - 05:17 PM


I have gold rims and I use the hammer trick all the time. When I change tires I look for dents and hammer them back :D. I take the rim and lay it flat on the concert step in my garage and beat it with a lead hammer :D :). I also use a rag under the rim so it doesn't get scratched on the good side. :D

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