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I've got a rear wheel (passion) that's dented from crashing a pot hole. I tried using a rubber mallet hoping to get it back closer to original form, but I don't think I succeeding in doing much. I'm looking for the best option with price a factor. The way I see it:

1) Do nothing. Cost: $0. Cons? What concerns should I have with continuing to run on the the dented wheel? Will I run into an issue with a tire shop not wanting to mount a new tire when the time comes?

2) Repair wheel. Anything I can do myself? Cost: $? Do it now or wait until the tire needs to be changed?

3) Replace wheel, buy a used wheel off the net. Cost: $?

4) New wheels/tires all the way around. Cost: the most.

By the way, what's the largest tire you can reasonably put on the rear 5" wheels?
 

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Hi Tim, sorry to hear about your rim. Another alternative may be to go the Hypermiler route by purchasing two front rims for the rear axle and having 165-60-15's all around.
 

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Please don't put front rims on the rear. Not enough there. Better to run rears all the way around. I also have a bent rim, just at the lip and not enough to cause any issues. I am running 175-55s on rear wheels all around without issue.
 

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Please don't put front rims on the rear. Not enough there. Better to run rears all the way around. I also have a bent rim, just at the lip and not enough to cause any issues. I am running 175-55s on rear wheels all around without issue.
Mine is bent basically at the lip, too. Looks like it peaks about 1/2 - 3/4" deep and maybe 2 1/2" wide where it starts to bend on either side of the peak. Those are estimates from memory--I haven't actually measured.

It's definitely shaped like a peak. Most of the bend is shallow except in the very middle. I've never had a bent/damaged rim in any of my cars ever, and I've always had aluminum/magnesium wheels (road rash doesn't count). So, I'm really in the dark regarding what's safe and what's a flat waiting to happen at the most inopportune time.

I guess I'll check the repair cost route and see what that would be and if I would save any money waiting until the tire needs to be replaced anyway. (Seems like I could save the cost of mounting and balancing).

Update: I just checked the Wheel Wizard link Old smart left:

Straighten and refinish Non–Chrome Wheel: $180! Wow, that's spendy! If I can't get a much, much better rate locally, I might as well look to buy a used one.
 

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I had a really bad one front rim that actually lost air from a crater pothole..hit it hard with a 4 pound hammer and it's been ok ever since. Tire guy changed my tires no problem after the alignment and ESP went outta whack.. Jersey Moon Craters or those ramps whenthey're rippin up the interstate//...Smart aint strong enough for NJ
 

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I've got a rear wheel (passion) that's dented from crashing a pot hole. I tried using a rubber mallet hoping to get it back closer to original form, but I don't think I succeeding in doing much. I'm looking for the best option with price a factor.
The 4lb. hammer with a piece of hard wood.
A hydraulic press will allow precision control (Don't forget the hard wood)).

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buy a used wheel off the net.
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Craploads of used wheels for sale. Definitely your best option. Buy a whole set if you have to and part out what you don't want. Keep a front for spare.

I managed to snag a front w/ tire but no tpms for $80, rear will be higher but should be able to source wheel and tire for ~$150.
 

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I've got a rear wheel (passion) that's dented from crashing a pot hole. I tried using a rubber mallet hoping to get it back closer to original form, but I don't think I succeeding in doing much. I'm looking for the best option with price a factor. The way I see it:

1) Do nothing. Cost: $0. Cons? What concerns should I have with continuing to run on the the dented wheel? Will I run into an issue with a tire shop not wanting to mount a new tire when the time comes?

2) Repair wheel. Anything I can do myself? Cost: $? Do it now or wait until the tire needs to be changed?

3) Replace wheel, buy a used wheel off the net. Cost: $?

4) New wheels/tires all the way around. Cost: the most.

By the way, what's the largest tire you can reasonably put on the rear 5" wheels?

I tried to put 70 series tires on the back to reduce the rpms since I do all freeway driving. The car freaked out electronically and would not go over 5mph so watch out for going larger in diameter since I don't know where the break off point is. You will get ABS warnings, engine check light and traction control warnings plus tire sensor warnings if using rubber valve stems.
I see rims on eBay every once in awhile. So you might be able to just go as you are for now and wait for a deal on a single rim. I found four new tires mounted and balanced on the standard rims (with rubber valve stems) for $200. The guy just bought the car new and changed to larger custom rims. I got those off of Craigs List.
 

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There are a few wheel repair/refinishing shops in the northeast that I know of, and generally the repair of a bend starts about $90-100.

There's a franchised company called Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists around the country who have mobile techs. They do a lot of repairs for dealers around here (probably everywhere a franchise exists). It could save you the cost of unmounting a tire and shipping your wheel if they come to you, and lucky for you there's a guy in the SLC area:

http://www.awrswheelrepair.com/usa_canada/us_locations_utah.html

fwiw...
 
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