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Discussion in 'Servicing & Maintenance' started by Stuart I, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Stuart I

    Stuart I New Member

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    Hi there,
    Ive recently discovered a deformation in my front wheel rim, probably from a pothole I guess. the rim bulges by about 3mm from true on one side. Has anyone had any success getting wheels repaired - ive tried loads of places but no one seems to do bike wheels?
    Thanks,
    Stuart
     
  2. Phillo

    Phillo Active Member

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    Yep had something similar on my GS a few years back on the back wheel..insurance paid for a new one ☝️
     
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  3. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    There is a thread about this which you can find using search. I have had good past experience in wheel straightening, but others do not believe it is safe. If It happens again, I would still have the rim straightened, if possible.
     
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  4. James Bagley

    James Bagley Well-Known Member

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    Straightening alloy wheels is a pretty common procedure, as long as the wheel is not excessively damaged. As they are straightened, they are checked for trueness and proper runout. If the wheel is too far gone, reputable shops will not accept the job. If this repair is not covered by your insurance, or if you don’t wish to report it to keep your rates down checking with a wheel shop is probably a good idea.
     
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    Jetpilot5 Member

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    I had very similar damage to the front wheel on my K1200s. Successfully repaired and never a problem.
     
  6. SoCal RS

    SoCal RS Active Member Contributor

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    Went through the same recently. Elected to get a new front wheel for about $1200USD not counting labor. I have the old one, planning to send out for repair sometime soon if I don't turn into a cool coffee table or clock.
     
  7. Stuart I

    Stuart I New Member

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    BMW want £650 for a new wheel, plus new bearings, plus swapping over the tyre and fitting, over £1000 in total. I've tried all of the local alloy wheel specialists in my area (UK, Surrey/Sussex/Hampshire) but no one will touch a bike wheel. Its holding air and there's no noticable vibration so maybe I just leave it?
     
  8. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    Check with motorcycle racing clubs/tuners
     
  9. Dave W

    Dave W Active Member

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    Get Practical Sportsbike mag, there are lost of wheel repairs advertising in there. Or try Motorworks and see if they have a second hand one? A quick Google also found these
     
  10. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I have a friend that owns a 1988 R100RS. He rode over a big pothole years ago while on a ride some distance from civilization. It put a large bend into the side of his relative soft front wheel's rim. What he did was to find a piece of wood and a big rock and hammer the dent back into shape, using the wood as a cushion to keep the rim from being damaged. He has been riding on that wheel for the past 20 years.
     
  11. Richard Judd

    Richard Judd New Member

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    Try Hagons in Ilford
     
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    Hagons +1. Did my mate's FJ wheel. Well recommended.
     
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    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

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    The R1100S Boxertrix site has had a thread on this and there are definitely companies who do this. I'll research the threads and post a request for help. Watch this space.
     
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    CD3E2023-C479-42FA-81D1-CC9C1BC44D83.jpeg 5DF85A28-9FE2-424A-AB19-C04D32F26456.jpeg If the bend is not too severe it can turn out near perfect. This wheel was straightened once but not repairable the second time ( large rock). Tire went flat immediately but was able to stay upright. Very lucky. 90CE1AF1-E38E-464C-84A9-7DCAB0E97040.jpeg
     
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    The wheels seam softer than they used to be these days.If its a small dent you can remove tyre and use piece of wood and a lump hammer to straighten it.Don't get over enthusiastic.Lots of local garages will also have a press which can be used.Good luck.
     
  16. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    My recollection is that BMW alloy wheels used to have very soft rims, which were easy to bend and could be bent back in the field. But the story goes that sometime around the turn of the century, the CHP starting bending wheel rims right and left when they would run over debris (and the occasional homeless person :oops:) on the freeway and started raising a big stink with BMWNA. It wasn't long after that that BMW (who was really interested in the Authority motorcycle business at the time) changed the rim alloy to a harder material that didn't bend so readily. But that also made the wheel more likely to crack and be less easily to be straightened out with a block of wood and a big rock. ;)
     
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