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Old 07-14-2008
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bent rim - not ranger

Was going to put this in "off topic" but I thought this might be a better place. Apparently I bent the inside of one of the rims on my Neon somehow. This happened probably close to 3 years ago but since I bought my truck I have maybe driven it 3 times since then (with stock steelie not the bent one). The lure of 30+ mpg wants me to get the car on the road again. Anywho, here is a crappy cell phone pic of the damage. Its maybe 2" long and bent out an estimated 1/4". All I know is it doesn't hold air and the tire is basically brand new. I think I had it on for maybe a month. The tire checks out fine. Its a 14" Aluminum Enkei.




I want to get this fixed so can roll on a complete set again, and was wondering if you guys knew of any negative effects of banging the rim back in place. I havn't taken it anywhere to get a professional opinion yet, just wanted to see what you guys had to say.

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You can probably make it hold air again with a big rubber hammer. It may not be strong or balance up well but... It might hold air.

A block of wood might do it too. Just keep hitting it till it stops hissing!
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i had the same problem years ago when my mom hit the curb with a Cragar SS wheel on my old car. I took the tire off, and got 2 different sized wooden blocks and a BFH. pounded it to be round again and only the outside lip was curvy if you looked close enough. You should just try that
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Thanks for the replies guys. Wasn't sure if just beating it back into shape was a good idea or not. What have I got to loose.
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