bent front rim

3 replies to this topic
  • yamahasocal450

Posted December 16, 2003 - 08:16 PM


well i was spinning the front wheel after greasing the bearings and found the rims flattened a little on one side, not so much on the other side, im going to get my rims anodized blue soon so is it ok to take a hammer and a piece of wood and whack it back or should i invest in a new rim :D thanks again guys :D :)

  • Merfman

Posted December 17, 2003 - 07:04 AM


I've never had any luck with hammering them back into shape. If you have a press, you can sometimes press them back straight, but it depends on the severity of the "smile" FWIW, I picked up a "take off" rim on TT for $35...


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  • faggio40

Posted December 18, 2003 - 02:54 PM


Yes, it's possible to adjiust this kind of problems using a hammer, but:
-It's necessary that flat zone on the rim isn't too large
-Before to use the hammer you have to heat the rim
-It's better to have a bit of experience. I suggest you a specialist; if he is honest it isn't too expensive and you are sure that your rim it's ok. But remember, this is true only with an expertise mec; on the contrary, you can try using a lot of attention

On the rims I've seen very very bad problems with perfect repair, but done by good specialists


  • WR_Dave

Posted December 18, 2003 - 04:59 PM


Just buy a new rim and relace it. I straightened a bent rim once and it folded on me at a high rate of speed, the results were quite painful. A round shape is only strong when it is round. Good Luck ----WR Dave.


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