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Old 22nd November 2007, 08:07   #1
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Default Ikon flair OE rims bent. What can be done?

thanks to the kerala roads.. ive got bents on 3 of my OE Ikon rims..

i got it straightened from a local guy and got the wheel alignment and balancing done..
but i still get steering shakes and the car is pullin to the sides ..
more of a floating effect

the FORD service guys are suggesting me to replace the rims cause they are like however u try straightening the metal rims.. theres still gonna be problems

but is that the real problem? will bent rims cause this?
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Old 22nd November 2007, 09:51   #2
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yea there is no option other then changing them.
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Old 22nd November 2007, 10:00   #3
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Right time to go for alloys
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Go for alloys. It is the best time to change the tyres and rims. There are many threads available for this (for which one to choose).
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First make sure that the problem is caused due to the bent rims only by rotating the wheels around..
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kpzen... rotating the wheels as in remove the tyres and rotate them on the rim or change the left with the right wheel
out of curiosity what are we checking here??

and abt alloys i m looking into that too..need a family approval on that..
btw im very much for it..
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Mate switch to alloys..any good brand with warranty
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Old 22nd November 2007, 11:48   #8
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kpzen u mean rotate the left and right wheels or remove the tires from the wheels and rotate them
wat are we checking here?

alloys i knw.. it would be awesome.. but i need a family approval on that...
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kpzen u mean rotate the left and right wheels or remove the tires from the wheels and rotate them
wat are we checking here?

alloys i knw.. it would be awesome.. but i need a family approval on that...
Swap the whole wheel (rim+tyre) around and try to put the wheels with the best rims in front.
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but i need a family approval on that...
Understand your situation. Tell them (and get it done) to go for new steel rims for the time being. Steel disk shouldn't cost more than 1000/- for each. Your current problem cannot be solved otherwise.

Alloys for the long run is better..as you know from this forum.
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kpzen... rotating the wheels as in remove the tyres and rotate them on the rim or change the left with the right wheel
out of curiosity what are we checking here??

Here is an idea.
Spare goes to front right (assuming it is good); front right goes to front left; front left goes to rear left; rear left goes to rear right; rear right goes into spare. (hmm.. hope I have got the pairing right).

Another idea, especially useful if your spare is not good is to swap them diagonally - front left goes to rear right; rear right goes to front left.

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and abt alloys i m looking into that too..need a family approval on that..
btw im very much for it..
lol.

But since you have three of them bent, put the spare with the unbent one in the front. Let us see the results.

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Old 22nd November 2007, 22:49   #12
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yes guys i think ill do a wheel swap and see the difference..
if its way too bad then ill give it a thought of buying new ones...
ill get the good ones in front and start off

behind the scenes ... war for alloys..
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i too bent 2 of my rims in my flair.. but the ford guys straighted it neatly and aligned and i had no problems...no sure how big was the damage in ur rims...
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Guys, M facing kind of same problem with my 83k kms used 2004 ikon flair.

The car starts to vibrate/wobble at speeds of 100(without ac) 85-90(with ac)
after i got d shockers checked at d service centre, i was told that all the 4 rims are little bent. Could that be the reason for vibrating at high speeds???

Earlier, I thought the engine is 1.3 so it is not taking the load properly, but that is impossible b'coz i've seen Maruti 800 running at 120-140 kmph.

P.S - Currently, my ikon has Good Year GPS2 175/70R13 and I'm planning to upgrade to Michelin Energy XM1+ 185/65R14 along with 14" Alloys.

Please help, what could be the problem?
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Old 21st March 2010, 17:01   #15
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I wonder whether the experts here arent aware of the rim straightening machines or the machines are useless. These are very common at tyre shops now and take 10 mins to straighten a rim and I have seen them working very fine. Cant comment whether rims work perfectly after that or not but the shopkeeper comments they do.

Experts pls provide some inputs.
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