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    Mag wheel repair

    Last week the sister in law mentioned to my wife that one of the wheels on her car was damaged and she didn't know what to do about it. I told her to bring her car around to my workshop and I would take a look at it.



    Jacked it up and took all four wheels of.



    There's your problem!



    On a Saturday morning I took the wheels to a shop in Suksawat area. Automag Wheels.



    While I was there I got them to check my wheels for roundness as well. They found two wheels that were out of round and repaired them while I waited. It took about two and a half hours for them to get it done. The wheel from the sister in laws car was too damaged to be repair that day so they told me to pick up the wheels the following Tuesday. Out of her four wheels two were out of round and one was severely damaged.



    Waiting room with free wifi and coffee. The wheels in the picture shows some of the repairs that they do. Wheel on the right is scuffed up, wheel on the left is repaired and repainted. 1,200 Baht to repair the scuff marks, the repainting starts at 500 Baht per wheel.



    Wheels back at the workshop.



    This is the damaged wheel. Can't tell that there was a problem.

    The SIL wheels cost a total 3,800 Baht to repair. My two out of round wheels cost 2,100 Baht.

    Overall was very happy with the experience.

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    That's some seriously good advice. I had no idea they could fix a battered rim or indeed that they go out of round. I run 22 inch rims on a fortuner with low profile tyres her indoors is forever running into kurbs and fucking up the alignment. 1 front wheel was always having a slow leak. They are tubeless and the tyre shop could only recommend a new tyre. Which he didn't have. This is Laos though so I suspect easier across the border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    1 front wheel was always having a slow leak
    Make sure it is not a dodgy valve before springing for a new tyre.

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    Did you get to witness the balance?

    That would've been my main focal point for repair quality.

    Wonder 2 things though:

    How the shit she dented the inside of the wheel, and how they would have repaired a dent on the outside. Seems like the just reamed the inside of the wheel a roller of some kind.

    Anyway cool pics

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    so its bollocks about chucking them in the freezer then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    so its bollocks about chucking them in the freezer then?
    I don't think it's bollocks, I don't have any experience with doing it, but my understanding it is used on BMX bicycle wheels which are made out of some type of plastic. I doubt that the freezer would have much effect on aluminium wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Did you get to witness the balance?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    How the shit she dented the inside of the wheel, and how they would have repaired a dent on the outside. Seems like the just reamed the inside of the wheel a roller of some kind.
    Only the inside dents or gets out of round. If you look at the above pictures of the rims you'll notice that "spokes" of the wheel are on the outside edge and are supporting that side of the rim. The inside of the rim essentially has no support and over time gets knocked or bashed out of round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    1 front wheel was always having a slow leak. They are tubeless and the tyre shop could only recommend a new tyre. Which he didn't have.
    If the wheels are old, get them to check on the inside of the wheel for mag "rust" (it's not red rust, it's white and looks a bit like limestone deposits). The "rust" can cause a poor seal between the wheel and the tyre making it seem like you have a slow puncture when there actually isn't a puncture in the tyre at all. If there is this "rust", they can grind most of it off to improve the seal. It's a cheap and quick fix. Takes 5 minutes or so and they did mine for free.
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    Great OP.

    My FiL is owed a favour by me ... might get his wheels done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    If the wheels are old, get them to check on the inside of the wheel for mag "rust" (it's not red rust, it's white and looks a bit like limestone deposits). The "rust" can cause a poor seal between the wheel and the tyre making it seem like you have a slow puncture when there actually isn't a puncture in the tyre at all. If there is this "rust", they can grind most of it off to improve the seal. It's a cheap and quick fix. Takes 5 minutes or so and they did mine for free.
    Yep.

    However this should be done every time you get new tires.

    Even the cheapie tire shops will use an industrial strength green scrubbie and do it by hand. Others have a pneumatic tool.

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