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Old 03-07-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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wheel rim wobble (bent)

Recently put a set of steel wheels on my truck that I had and after noticing a light vibration around 50 mph I took it back in to the tire shop. Found out the wheel has a "wobble" to it on the inside while on the balancing machine. I am not sure if this is the hub center that is bent or the lip of the rim. The inside lip looked to wobble around 1/8 to 1/4 inch.

Does anyone have a DIY fix for this that I can try? It is a cheap set of rims so looking to try and straighten things up myself before buying new ones. All local tire shops say they cant fix it and rim repair shop costs are probably more than a new rim.

I've heard of applying pressure to the rim while still mounted to the truck to try and bend it but this seems like it may do damage to the rear end. Any thoughts?
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

Can you send it back to the supplier for a replacement?
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

Steel or aluminum? I have a 5 lb dead blow all nylon hammer and have used it on many aluminum wheels to straighten out a bent lip, u could probably get one for a decent price at harbor freight if you don't have one. If it's a steel wheel, just smack it with a hammer.
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

Believe OP stated they were steelies.
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

yep they are steel wheels...bought used and definately not able to send back to a retailer.
Also I don't think it is the lip that is bent, looks more like the hub of the rim in the center making the entire rim slightly bent. Not 100% sure but plan to check things out tonight or tomorrow.
I just wanted to see if using the frame for a push point with cylinder jack to bend the rim while mounted on the truck would destroy the hub, bearings or any other part of the rear end.
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

Not sure our hubs are made for withstanding major horziontal forces lol. I would take the tire off and find you a perfectly flat surface (counter tops) and start measuring to find exactly where its bent and how much. Then bring out the BFH.

But the jack is a good idea, i think the leafs would twist and make it difficult so put pressure then hit it on the opposite side of the jack
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

If it's a warped steel wheel, you are going to have to replace it.
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Sounds like we know why the seller was selling. Could have hit a curb or something.
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Re: wheel rim wobble (bent)

Free one if you want it .
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