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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:11 pm    Post subject: Cracked rim Reply with quote

I took my car to Discount Tire to get a leaky tire fixed and tire pressure sensors installed. Turns out the leaky tire is caused not by a nail, but by a cracked rim (rear left). Well fuck! The lip of the rim has a hairline crack and I'm losing about 10-15psi over the course of a week or so. Filling the tire every week doesn't bother me so much it's the fact that my wheel could explode.

I wonder if something like this is even repairable. One of the front wheels is bent, too. I had been thinking about the getting the wheels refinished anyway.

If they are not repairable, then what do I do about wheels? Try to find a match? They are BBS LM reps. I can't afford real BBS? Find four new wheels and give the car a new look? Not that I can afford that.

Also turns out the one of the rear tires has some bad inner wear and needs to be replaced. Ugh! But hey, at least the TPMS works and that stupid dash light is off.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they one piece wheels? The crack could probably be welded, though I wouldn't take them to the track.

Have you had an alignment done? Same pothole that caused the crack could have bent a control arm - maybe the tires were rotated or replaced at some point so the sides are different.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those wheels are pretty shitty. You can have the crack welded, but unless someone is going to do it for cheap I wouldn't bother.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are they one piece wheels? The crack could probably be welded, though I wouldn't take them to the track.

Have you had an alignment done? Same pothole that caused the crack could have bent a control arm - maybe the tires were rotated or replaced at some point so the sides are different.


I don't see myself going to the track any time soon. And no, I haven't had an alignment. I know why the one tire is worn more than the other - I had one replaced recently (probably should have done both).

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Those wheels are pretty shitty. You can have the crack welded, but unless someone is going to do it for cheap I wouldn't bother.


What would you consider cheap? A new set of wheels is not something I was expecting to be doing any time soon.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't tell from your sig but they could be ESM 004 wheels?[/url]
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, I have no idea. They were on the car when I bought it. I need to pull a wheel off and look at the stamping and figure out what they are and what size they are assuming I'm going to just replace one.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're just going to bend or break another one. Hunt down some used stock replacements if money is tight. There is more than one reason "replicas suck"
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reed has a "guy" or "girl" that fixed a cracked rim on the e46. Relatively cheap but I also had the tire off the rim. Contact him.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^thats another cracked replica right?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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^thats another cracked replica right?


lol. It was indeed sir.... *Goes and kicks rocks*
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, PWash. Given everything else going on in my life, $100-$150 repair sounds lot better than $500 (or more) for a used set of OEM wheels even if it only buys me time.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a guy out in my work parking lot fixing a set of bmw wheels for someone in the building. Went and talked to him and he said they can fix anything. Got a card from him. No idea how good the work is though.

www.awrswheelrepair.com/raleigh
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. I'm starting to think that a new relatively inexpensive replacement may be better than a repair at this point. Still weighing the options, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*cough* Hamann *cough*
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You're buying me rims? Sweet!!!
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