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Old 03-25-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Is it safe to drive on bent rims? (with pics)

I have 1 rim with a bent lip (see pics below) from curbage. The tire is kinda pushed in because of the bent lip.

Is it safe to drive with a bent rim like this?... where can I go to get this fixed? (Will dealerships fix it?)... I live in Newton, MA... any tips on where I can get this fixed and how much it will cost will be appreciated... thanks



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Old 03-25-2008, 09:47 PM   #2
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Rimpro in Tewksbury (IIRC). Don't drive on that. Dealerships may have a guy come by that does wheel repair (Exeter does) but don't count on a dealership.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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If it's holding air, I guess there's not too much harm in doing it. Though I certainly wouldn't drive like Schumi out there. You don't feel that rumbling through the steering wheel? Out of balance rumble?

Don't take my advice though. I'm dumb. Plenty of people on here will attest to that.

http://www.rimpro.com/index.html Yes, NU, they're in Tewks.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:51 PM   #4
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Wow, you musta hit something pretty good to bend it like that.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:52 PM   #5
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thanks guys.... yah the tire is holding air just fine... any idea how much it might cost me?... Rimpro - Wheels up to 18-19"---$135 .... so expensive...
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:53 PM   #6
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Theres a rim repair shop right in Newton down by Cabots Ice Cream.




Rim & Wheel Works (617-964-0226 or 800-261-0495) Newton, MA



They took a big dent out of a stock aluminum rim for me and came out pretty good. Go get a free estimate! If its really bad i would just buy a new rim
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:08 PM   #7
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I would not drive on that, the bead is getting forced to a pretty extreme shape and could fail quickly. RimPro and others should fix that for something shy of $200 (including remounting, balancing...).
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Rimpro - Wheels up to 18-19"---$135 .... so expensive...
How much does a brand new wheel cost?
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:14 PM   #9
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this particular one is like.... $350 + shipping? not sure...
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:50 PM   #10
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So $135 would be... cheaper or more expensive? Just putting things in perspective for you.
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:50 PM   #11
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I think you might be safer on a spare, that's looking pretty dicey. Considering I've been driving around on a very minor bent lip, which was definitely noticeable, you must be shaking bolts loose at highway speeds.
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I think you might be safer on a spare, that's looking pretty dicey. Considering I've been driving around on a very minor bent lip, which was definitely noticeable, you must be shaking bolts loose at highway speeds.

Keep in mind the spare is probably a different size than the rest of those wheels, so it might ruin the trans.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:00 AM   #13
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Considering the costs involved in a sudden unexpected high-speed blow-out (and possibly totaling your car and major bodily injuries) Three-hundred and fifty bucks for a new wheel is cheap. Getting this one repaired for ~ $135 is even cheaper.

Continuing to drive on this wheel isn't so smart. Eventually with all the sidewall flexing and the rim digging in to the sidewall, you are very likely to experience a blow-out when the rim finally pokes through the sidewall.

While a 30 MPH blow-out might not be so bad, a 70 MPH blow-out could be so serious as to require you to purchase a brand new wheel and tyre.

Be a smart man and do the right thing.
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:19 AM   #14
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+1 Rimpro, they fixed my painted rim without chipping my paint!.
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thanks for the input guys... i havent been driven on this set of rims since it happened since i have 3 sets of wheels (im a wheel whore) .... any other place other than rimpro and the newton place worth checking out?... im gonna start calling around for estimates soon...

also for the spare tire... it IS a donut and why does subaru use donuts instead of full size spares?!?!... would this really ruin the tranny?... what if i need to use the donut because of a flat then... ... can i buy a full size steelie and put it in the trunk where the donut is?... what mod do i need to do to make it fit?

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Keep in mind the spare is probably a different size than the rest of those wheels, so it might ruin the trans.
Why would Subaru supply a spare that's a different size? I mean, you're right, and I've used my spare before. But what were they thinking?
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Why would Subaru supply a spare that's a different size? I mean, you're right, and I've used my spare before. But what were they thinking?
They're thinking space and weight are a premium so the slightly smaller OD spare is the best solution. It is a temporary spare meant for very short distances.

My M came with a can of fixaflat and an air pump. I'd prefer the space saver over that.
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Theres a rim repair shop right in Newton down by Cabots Ice Cream.

Rim & Wheel Works (617-964-0226 or 800-261-0495) Newton, MA
did they move to waltham? http://www.rimandwheelworks.com/

it says they are in waltham now...
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I wouldn't drive on it. It's amazing though how tires stay sealed to ****ed up wheels. When I bent my control arm and [steel] wheel (thank God, they were $40 apiece) it bent the rim waaaaay worse than this and stayed sealed. The weird part was, I couldn't tell the wheel was bent till I looked at it. Stayed almost perfectly balanced.
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Why would Subaru supply a spare that's a different size? I mean, you're right, and I've used my spare before. But what were they thinking?
That, and he's got aftermarket wheels which are probably not stock sized.
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That, and he's got aftermarket wheels which are probably not stock sized.
yah... these are 225/40-18... but can i just buy a steelie that will best match the diameter of 225/40-18 as a spare?... the spare compartment in the trunk is too small.... what do i need to do to make the full size spare fit?
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yah... these are 225/40-18... but can i just buy a steelie that will best match the diameter of 225/40-18 as a spare?... the spare compartment in the trunk is too small.... what do i need to do to make the full size spare fit?
Get an FXT (full size spare). I switched the spare in our Forester to match the normal WRX OD with RE-92's, which are actually a huge upgrade over the stock FXT marshmellows. To get back on point, I'm pretty sure the well for the Impreza spare is too small to fit any sort of full size spare.


So if you had smaller sidewall, it might be possible to have the spare be appropriate? I have no idea what that would be on an 18, a 30 maybe (how much smaller is the donut)??
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Why would Subaru supply a spare that's a different size? I mean, you're right, and I've used my spare before. But what were they thinking?
space and weight are correct, also cost a doughnut doesn't cost as much as a full size spare. If you look in your owners manuel, it tells you to pull the fuse for the AWD, when using the spare so that no damage occurs.
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To get back on point, I'm pretty sure the well for the Impreza spare is too small to fit any sort of full size spare.
Full size spare does fit the 02+ Impreza wagon as far as I know. I know my WRX wheel with 205/55/16 fits fine, prob anything wider will not be perfect. The floor is basically flush.
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Space and weight are correct, also cost a doughnut doesn't cost as much as a full size spare. If you look in your owners manual, it tells you to pull the fuse for the AWD, when using the spare so that no damage occurs.
This is indeed true IF your car is equipped with an Automatic transmission and electronically controlled clutch packs (although I believe you are actually supposed to insert an AWD DISABLE Fuse, instead of removing it). On the other hand if your Subaru has a viscous coupling or a "TORSEN" style centre differential, you are out of luck.
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