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Old 02-11-2013, 09:31 PM   #31
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thanks for your concern guys.. i think it is most likely that one or more of the rims are bent... i was planning on replacing the rims before hand anyway and getting aftermarket rims for around 450$. however, i dont know if i should keep putting money into the car, and i also dont wanna replace the rims and find out that wasnt the problem, but it makes the most sense from what i've heard. all i know is the car is a money pit. ive put over $2,500 dollars in parts alone within 2 years since i got the car. the car is in great condition now aside from what i believe is the rims, but regardless i have no money to buy a new car and i do like my lil compact focus.. its a good car. im getting around $1000 after taxes and my bday is coming up so i might do some last minute touch ups on my car. theres a couple more things i needed to replace anyways like the break pads and drums as well as the cat in the near future so if im gonna keep the car might as well fix'er all up.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:02 AM   #32
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Milton, I was merely pointing out that there is an excellent alternative to dropping $500 into aluminum wheels that get bent when you run over a pothole.

I'm sorry your so offended by steel wheels but steelies with inexpensive plastic wheelcovers are some of the most practical, lowest cost, strongest, and in my opinion (based on many years of dealing with aluminum wheels on various vehicles) best wheels you can put on your car. Tires for them are the least expensive as well.

And from 30 feet away, the simple fact is that 99% of the people out there can't tell the difference between wheelcovers-on-steelies and aluminum mags - particularly once a layer of road dust is on them.

If Dardas has a bent aluminum wheel, he could replace all wheels on his rig for the same cost as fixing the bent wheel. And he could likely sell the entire set plus tires and with the money get 4 new tires for the steelies.

Then he would likely never have to fool with the problem again.
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Milton, I was merely pointing out that there is an excellent alternative to dropping $500 into aluminum wheels that get bent when you run over a pothole.

I'm sorry your so offended by steel wheels but steelies with inexpensive plastic wheelcovers are some of the most practical, lowest cost, strongest, and in my opinion (based on many years of dealing with aluminum wheels on various vehicles) best wheels you can put on your car. Tires for them are the least expensive as well.

And from 30 feet away, the simple fact is that 99% of the people out there can't tell the difference between wheelcovers-on-steelies and aluminum mags - particularly once a layer of road dust is on them.

If Dardas has a bent aluminum wheel, he could replace all wheels on his rig for the same cost as fixing the bent wheel. And he could likely sell the entire set plus tires and with the money get 4 new tires for the steelies.

Then he would likely never have to fool with the problem again.
so are you saying i should get steel rims instead? if so, how much more money are they compared the aluminum?
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:38 PM   #34
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When I got my steel wheels, they we pre like 60 a piece from the dealer
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When I got my steel wheels, they we pre like 60 a piece from the dealer
are they the same type of rims used on snow tires? they are pretty ugly :/ but affordable, and they wont get bent, eh?
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They are a popular choice with snow tires because of their strength and can take the abuse of heading up a bad mountain pass or through bad winter conditions. They certainly are ugly compared to a nice alloy wheel, but typically much, much stronger.

That being said I have certainly seen a few bent to hell steel wheels at work. Mostly due to impact damage or black hole sized potholes though.
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Yep, steel wheels are the pits when you're young and think you have to have something no one else has. Once you get older and realize the most important thing is whether the car keeps going and going with as few troubles as possible then those shoddy looking steel wheels become worth their weight in gold. They can often be bent back out to run fine when an aluminum wheel is in broken pieces. I too prefer steel wheels when I can get them, they often can save hundreds in repairs over the life of the vehicle. They make far better spares than the stock space savers do also. And super cheap at junkyards.
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Years ago my wife owned a VW mechanical fuel injection rabbit (I so wanted to drive the thing over a cliff like they did in Rebel Without a Cause but there aren't any cliffs like that near here) and one day she hit one of those black hole sized potholes that bent a rim. I was pretty astonished that the -tire- was still good after that hit. A replacement rim was $5 and the guy who had it mounted the tire for another $5 - he had been using the rim to prop open a door for years - and just took her bent rim and continued using it as his doorstop.

VW at the time was under the impression - same impression that Nissan had for years - that it was possible to manufacture steel wheels that people would think looked cool and would want to display on their cars - so the rims wern't designed to take and could not take plastic wheelcovers. Thankfully, most automakers came to their senses and stopped doing that and went to plastic wheelcovers on their steel wheels - and nowadays we have a nice variety of wheelcovers to choose from. You can even use the Ford wheelcovers but for some reason people seem to think they are valuable and it's hard to find an intact set at a wrecker.
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I am a little more utilitarian than that, I don't even use wheel covers and prefer the bare wheel. Has to do with issues changing tire like lightning on side of freeway. I do not even want to spend 30 seconds more than necessary popping that cover, too many idiots to run over you now. It happens here at least once every 2-3 weeks. I actually like the stares I get when people see the older well used cars I drive. I can think I drive mine at 1/5th the cost they have and still don't have as much trouble as they do. I haven't had car payments in 13 years now yet I have 3 cars running at all times.
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Well, i put brand new aftermarket rims on the car with new tires and it steerig wheel still shakes over 60mph -_- im getting sick of this. i want it fixed but im not sure whats wrong. I know they balanced the wheels and pretty sure did an alignment... i dont know what else it could be.
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