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tctrailrider

Dented Rim Repair?

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My sons bike has a root dent on one side of the rear rim. It bows out about 1/8 inch. Looking for repair suggestions, hammer, heat etc. Rim is is in good condition and runs true. Aluminum rim on a KDX. Thanks

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Not repairable. Aluminum is really sensitive to being reshaped after damage. If you bend it back it will be really weak and possibly break while riding. :)

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I don't know how badly it is bent but it is safest to use a press to push them out. I have also used a hammer against an anvle with no problems also.

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Do a online searce for motorcycle rim repair and you will find there are lots of folks making a living repairing rims. The trick to repairing the rim is to use a similar force that it took to bend the rim to repair it. Protecting the hub and the opposite face of the rim, I put a piece of plywood down on the cement floor of my garage and use a large hammer with an oak 2x4 against the rim. With a little practice you will make it as good as new, (and just as strong).

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