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12-27-2012 09:16 PM
amc49 Depends on severity of wheel damage. If a soft deform with no cuts or rips in the steel I have carefully rerolled the edge back out to match rest of wheel, thrown it back on car and drove it until car finally wore out.
12-27-2012 07:36 AM
Originally Posted by BetaDnB View Post
Alright. How much did they charge you to straighten it then?
Free of charge....I think. New tire, with road hazard, on the rim and out the door was $155.72.....Wheel was straightened in the process.

TirePros (Jacks) in Greenville, IN did the work.
12-27-2012 07:34 AM
BetaDnB Alright. How much did they charge you to straighten it then?
12-27-2012 06:51 AM
2kwik4u The wheel looks fine. I'm guessing they used a block of wood and a hammer to bend it back into shape. I couldn't find any tooling marks on it, and can't find where it was bent. Not sure what the price on a new one would've been. No idea on cost savings as I haven't looked up the price of a wheel/tire combo, and I'm going ahead with the fullsize spare plan anyway (at $150+shipping) When I get the fullsize spare, that previously unbent wheel will go on the front, and the previously bent one will be used as the spare.
12-27-2012 06:42 AM
BetaDnB How'd they do on the wheel? How much did you save by doing that opposed to getting a new wheel?
12-27-2012 06:22 AM
2kwik4u New tire is on. Wheel "hammered" back into shape. car seems no worse for wear aside from a slight pull to the right when under power. I'm guessing mismatched tire pressures, as I run the car at 40-42psi, and I'm guessing the tire shop put the new one at 30-35psi.

Found a new wheel cover on eBay for $25+shipping. Hopefully it will be here next week sometime.

Probably going to pickup that fullsize spare kit posted above, assuming the budget committee (wife) approves the purchase. The fullsize spare on my Yukon (and her Audi) have spoiled me. The last few times something like this has happened it's not been a super rush to fix it.
12-26-2012 02:41 PM
elsolo I have been seeing lots of 5-bolt Focus wheels coming up for sale on craigslist lately.
Brand new alloys with tpms sensors for cheap.
Several sets of steelies and caps.

Check the regular classifieds for your area, you might be surprised.
Wheel repair is easier on steel wheels than alloy, but the lower value of steel wheels makes them often just get junked rather than fixed. I have had tire shops fix bent lips on steelies for free several times when getting a new tire.
12-26-2012 01:40 PM
YellowJellyBean I'm in no way affiliated with this person, but someone is selling a 16" steelie and full size spare kit in the BST section:
12-26-2012 11:37 AM
2kwik4u Dropped it off at the local tire shop. They are ordering a new tire in for me, should be here today. Sidewall had a hole about the size of my thumb. Only 8,200 miles on the car too :( ...Oh well....They are going to try and "beat" the wheel back into shape for me to get me home (one way commute is ~35mi, that I would rather not make on a donut spare). I'll probably still replace the wheel when I order the hubcap/wheel cover.
12-26-2012 08:54 AM
jdetzel If you want to try and find used look here.
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