View Full Version : Fixing bent aluminum wheels?

03-13-2013, 10:14 PM
I picked up some wheels for my tow rig, not realizing two of them were bent.


You can see a "bump" on the inner face. From the side that spot looks like this:


The other one has a flat spot on the inner lip:


Can these be repaired? Might they be safe, and round, as is? I bought them from a... small operation in Commerce City, and I'm not sure how a return might go.


03-14-2013, 08:01 AM
There are mobile wheel repair places that travel from dealership to dealership fixing wheels. They often work out of a trailer. Do some searching online or call your Toyota dealer. Here's one: http://rimandwheelrepair.com/colorado/index.htm

03-14-2013, 08:08 AM
I would take them back in and try to get my money back. Any reputable place should honor the return seeing the wheels are bent. Otherwise, who knows if they are straight or balance out? As far as repairing them goes I've never seen aluminum wheels be repaired. I'm sure somebody has, If you do, you may risk cracking them if they aren't already. Where they pulled from a wrecked vehicle.(?)

03-14-2013, 08:14 AM
I'd be skeptical that a mobile repairer could take dents out of cast aluminum wheels. Not sure I would trust it again in any case.

03-14-2013, 08:30 AM
I can look it up, but there was a specialist in colorado springs that all the track guys use for the pca/scca racing. There are a few in the phone book. It is doable, and legit if you find a good shop.

03-14-2013, 02:15 PM
Round, straight wheels are nice but not absolutely necessary. IMHO the dents shown in the pictures are not a safety hazard. Having the wheels straightened by a reputable shop will likely cost more than what you paid for the wheels. If you're running a low profile tire, 50 series or less, you'll feel the flat spot. If you're running a 75 series truck tire, I doubt you'll notice it. They should balance out just fine. If a subtle vibration is going to bug you, I'd try to return those and find a set in better condition.

03-15-2013, 09:58 AM

Apparently, not everyone is happy everywhere with wheel-resto operations.

03-17-2013, 07:32 PM
I have had two fixed at a wheel manufacturer just off of Ward Road in Arvada...about $80 each for similarly bent rims. It worked out well, but may not be worth it for you. Going north from I70 you take a right at the Conoco station and it is a couple of blocks up on the right in a small commercial strip. Sorry I can't remember the name/address.

03-18-2013, 06:26 AM
Sascha, is it True Design? Their old address was 12200 W. 52nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, 80033. Just across from the fire station and north of Jolly Ranchers. We used to live a few blocks west on 52nd on the other side of Ward Rd from them.

He moved about 9 years ago, the phone number is the same as before.


Jim Lyon
6271 Beach St. #D
Denver, CO 80221

Phone: (303) 422-5090
Fax: (303) 422-5104
Toll Free: (800) 621-6436

Email: sales@trudesignwheel.net
BEST Email: tdw@mho.com

FWIW, Jolly Ranchers also closed about a decade ago and the factory is all torn down, too. :-(

Air Randy
03-18-2013, 05:46 PM
I had a severe wobble/vibration in the Porsche. Turned out 2 of the cast aluminum wheels were bent. I took them to a little hole-in-the-wall place in Colorado Springs the specializes in straightening wheels. They were $60 each and they are perfect now, at least enough so that there is no more wobble or vibration.