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bent rim - March 3, 2013, 10:31 PM

I have a front alloy rim that was bent and can't hold air. The damage is barely visible from 5 feet away but all the air leaks out in a few hours. So...

1) If it can be repaired, should it still be used at the track?
2) Are there any local shops that can fix it? (need it done soon)

It's an oem wheel from a 06 Ducati 749. A new one from the dealer lists for $1400 (yikes) and I can't find a used one, so I'm hoping that the answer to both questions is yes.

Here's a pic of what it looks like. Not my wheel, but the damage looks similar though not as bad, and it's the same kind of wheel (Marchesini).

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March 3, 2013, 10:39 PM

I'm no expert on bent wheels but I don't see why you wouldn't be able to use it at the track once repaired. I don't think repairing it fatigues the metal to the point where it's not safe. There are a couple places locally but I don't remember the names. I'm sure someone else will chime in with them.


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March 3, 2013, 11:17 PM

Yes, usually they can be fixed. Call Rick at RnR and see who in the area they go to. I actually bent both rims to my Multistrada when it only had 300 miles on it thanks to a huuuge metal grate in the middle of the road. Sent it to Woodies Wheels in Colorado and got them fixed an refinished pretty cheap. It was something like $300+ with shipping and everything for both wheels.


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Ive used Will's Wheel repair will great results


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I've heard good things about Will's also, so thanks for the suggestion. I'm looking for someone local if possible so that I don't have to bother with shipping. But keep the recommendations coming.
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I've heard good things about Will's also, so thanks for the suggestion. I'm looking for someone local if possible so that I don't have to bother with shipping. But keep the recommendations coming.
Nobody that I know of locally and I looked for a while. Most car wheel places no longer or never did moto wheels. Guys like Wills and Frame Straight Systems have been doing them for a long time and the results are worth the extra in shipping. With the cost of trying to find an unmolested front wheel, spending $100 or so including shipping is smoking.


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