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Old 08-03-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Pothole damage on Enkei RPF1 x2 - Repairable?

So, less than 3 weeks into owning some nice, shiny, new 18x9.5 +38 RPF1s in gunmetal, this happens:

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Rear driver's side:







This happened on a private road and the pothole dimensions are approximately 18" x 14" x 3".

Are the wheels repairable? What are my chances of a repair putting these wheels back to normal?

REPLACE or REPAIR? That is the question.
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:35 PM   #2
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That looks totally repairable by a wheel repair shop.


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Old 08-03-2014, 06:45 PM   #3
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That looks totally repairable by a wheel repair shop.


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I don't doubt that a shop can "repair" it as the bend is not as severe as some that I've seen. I would just like to know if it will perform as well as new. Also, I understand there is some substantial heat applied to the wheel during the straightening process-- will this cause discoloration that would then require repainting/refinishing?
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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It is repairable. From the photos the bend does not look to bad. Honestly my concern is the shop that does it. Look for someone reputable. My only thought is the ride quality. Sometimes with certain bends it causes alot of vibration.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the guidance, guys. For now they are back in the boxes ready to sell.

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Old 08-14-2014, 12:21 AM   #6
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Yes. It is repairable. If you need a recommendation, I can PM you a shop if you're in the Socal area.
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:21 PM   #7
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That sucks...

But a couple of points...

18 inch wheels have very little sidewall to protect them... 17's a little more... etc. Sidewall height is your friend on rough roads. RALLY cars often run 15's with a really tough tire.

Now you know why...

Second, RPF1's are a really, really light wheel, that maybe one of the reasons you bought them. They are not, unfortunately, a VERY strong wheel. That is nothing against the wheel, just fact. Light and strong are hard to put together for a reasonable cost. Throw in short sidewalls, and, i hate to tell you this, but you will bend more...

Big wheels LOOK great, no argument, and short sidewalls give FANTASTIC steering and responsiveness...but they are fragile. Some wheels ARE tougher than others, but short sidewalls puts any wheel at risk.

I have bent / broken more than 10, 15 or more wheels in my driving "career..." I don't bother with anything bigger than a 16 inch wheel, and run a slightly taller than spec tire.

Even with 16's, I have still bent a couple of wheels of late. Winter potholes can be brutal.

The roads where i live are just to rough to run super low profile stuff... and nothing will change that, so you adjust.

And I laugh at the young folk who tell me I " NEED..." bigger wheels... and a lowered stance...

Been there, done that... ! AND BROKE THAT...!

Good Luck...
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #8
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I used a heatgun rubber mallet and a towel to fix my bend very similar to yours. took me about 10-15 minutes to get it perfect again. Nobody even knew it was bent.
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:25 PM   #9
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That sucks...

But a couple of points...

18 inch wheels have very little sidewall to protect them... 17's a little more... etc. Sidewall height is your friend on rough roads. RALLY cars often run 15's with a really tough tire.

Now you know why...

Second, RPF1's are a really, really light wheel, that maybe one of the reasons you bought them. They are not, unfortunately, a VERY strong wheel. That is nothing against the wheel, just fact. Light and strong are hard to put together for a reasonable cost. Throw in short sidewalls, and, i hate to tell you this, but you will bend more...

Big wheels LOOK great, no argument, and short sidewalls give FANTASTIC steering and responsiveness...but they are fragile. Some wheels ARE tougher than others, but short sidewalls puts any wheel at risk.

I have bent / broken more than 10, 15 or more wheels in my driving "career..." I don't bother with anything bigger than a 16 inch wheel, and run a slightly taller than spec tire.

Even with 16's, I have still bent a couple of wheels of late. Winter potholes can be brutal.

The roads where i live are just to rough to run super low profile stuff... and nothing will change that, so you adjust.

And I laugh at the young folk who tell me I " NEED..." bigger wheels... and a lowered stance...

Been there, done that... ! AND BROKE THAT...!

Good Luck...
Agree with all. I'm just hoping to avoid any more mishaps in the future. I will most likely turn the most jacked-up wheel into a coffee table and the least jacked-up one into a full sized spare. Worst case scenario I make a longer coffee table using both wheels.

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I used a heatgun rubber mallet and a towel to fix my bend very similar to yours. took me about 10-15 minutes to get it perfect again. Nobody even knew it was bent.
I might tinker around with this method. I have decided to order new replacements anyway.

Thanks for the responses, guys.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:33 AM   #10
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Check out my for sale thread!

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...0#post42358880

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