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Old 01-08-2004, 07:35 AM   #1
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Angry I bent two Prodrive P1 wheels and blew two tires. (picture)

Aside from the obvious anger at having to buy two new wheels and tires, I wanted to share that I am actually very pleased with how the wheels bent. That is, any wheel will fail and should ideally bend - it is better to bend a wheel than to bend a control arm, for example. However, the difference between a good wheel and a bad wheel is how it fails. Cracking or chunking is bad. Bending is good.

In my case, I hit an extremely large road debris. It caused the wheels to bend very gracefully at the point of impact. (One wheel bent enough to leak air but the other was still holding air.) I have damaged other wheels on other cars in a similar way and they did not look this nice. Previous wheels that I have had displayed a sort of "Play Dough" effect, with rough edges at the point of impact. With the Prodrive P1 wheels, all the paint was still on and the surfaces were all smooth to the touch, just bent smoothly, like you hit it with a large mallet. With previous wheels, it looked like you hit the wheel repeatedly with several screwdrivers.

Incidentally, that same piece of road debris also caused grief for a Taurus and a Malibu, so it was not a problem that higher-profile tires could have saved. I did not stick around to check their damage though.

Overall I am pissed at my misfortune, but thankful for the good engineering. I'll post pictures later.
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Old 01-08-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about that Orson. I have Ronals on my car. I was unable to avoid a really large pothole just about a week ago. My front-right took the brunt of it. When I stopped to check I expected to see at least a slight bend. To my suprise there was not even a scratch. I would've have been very peeved if I had to shell out $330 for another wheel (not to mention the cost of the tire as well).

As you mentioned, even quality wheels can take so much. Although it's a bummer that you lost two of them, it's nice to know that they were well constructed. Look fwd to seeing the pics.

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Old 01-11-2004, 07:42 AM   #3
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Oooowwww... I would definitely feel your pain were I to do that to my P1s!

Last fall, in the same weekend I hit two "double fist" sized rocks, one lf, one rf. Expected damage both times...nada. Love my P1s
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Old 01-22-2004, 08:13 AM   #4
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Here's the picture. Sorry for all the salt and dirt.

Like I said, nice, clean bend, no fracture. I'm glad I spent the extra bucks on a high quality wheel.

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Old 01-22-2004, 10:13 AM   #5
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Ouch! I'm really sorry about that Orson. It was a nice bend, you can tell that is a strong wheel. It almost looks like a wheel shop could repair that? And you said the paint was not damaged, so would it be possible to get it fixed? That might save you some money.
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Old 01-22-2004, 10:58 AM   #6
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I already got two new rims. I'm trying to decide what to do with the two bent ones. Repair will be $75 at a local shop.

Anyone want a repaired P1 wheel to use as a spare? $125?
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Old 01-24-2004, 10:54 PM   #7
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Anyone want a repaired P1 wheel to use as a spare? $125?
17" or 18"?
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Old 01-24-2004, 11:58 PM   #8
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Yes, it's always important to have your wheels bend with style. (?) "***?" is about how I sum up this thread.
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Old 01-25-2004, 11:22 AM   #9
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Actually, it is important to have your wheels bend with style, so that they can live to fight again, as Orson's have. What bends a P1, breaks another wheel. We P1 devotees know what a good thing we have.

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Old 01-25-2004, 12:36 PM   #10
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17" or 18"?
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Old 01-25-2004, 11:00 PM   #11
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We P1 devotees know what a good thing we have.

Kevin
I'd have to agree...my P1's have held up tremendously to the daily punishment of imperfect roads...

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Old 01-25-2004, 11:25 PM   #12
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Damn Orson! Sorry to hear that. Will you need 4 new tires now? Or shave the two new ones?
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Old 01-26-2004, 06:02 AM   #13
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My tires had less than 1500 miles on them, so I'm just going to put new tires on the front and not rotate them for a while.

BTW, an unsolicited plug for Discount Tire - even though the damage obviously was not their fault, they offered to let me purchase road hazzard warranty retroactively. These guys never fail to amaze me with their service.
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P1s are the ****...my powdercoated P1s were in a side collision that totalled by Red RS...The passenger side front wheel was hit directly and did not bend, it only chipped the powdercoated and gouged a little out the wheel...crazy strong wheels.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:18 AM   #15
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btw, can little "cuts/gouges" in a cast wheel be repaired?
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:57 PM   #16
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btw, can little "cuts/gouges" in a cast wheel be repaired?
Im wondering the same thing, my p1's have some rash on one of them and Im dying to get it fixed. anyone?
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:00 PM   #17
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http://www.autopia-carcare.com/realwhda.html

Autopia guide to repairing wheels.
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Old 11-18-2007, 03:23 PM   #18
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BTW, there is a wheel shop in ohio that can fix bent alloys. http://www.wheelmedic.com/wmwb/pages/about.php Used them to fix all four nissan alloys I bent during a pot hole of hell winter. Wheels stayed true years after that experience then I sold the car.
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