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hster2
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Jul 31, 2009, 10:23 PM

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Hi

I found a set of alloy wheels that fit my car, so how do i go about testing them, 'cos they're not new rims.

What tests can i do to check that they're not defective/cracked/warped/were from a car in an accident, etc?

Thanks


(This post was edited by hster2 on Jul 31, 2009, 10:51 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 31, 2009, 10:53 PM

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I'd put them on a high speed wheel/tire balancer without tire to see them spin and careful visual inspection for defects - warped/not true would be my first worry with used wheels and while doing this they could be wire brushed/cleaned if sealing surface tire to rim is corroded - that happens in the rust belt too much,

T



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hster2
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Aug 1, 2009, 1:40 AM

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Thanks for your response.

How do I determine if the rim has cracks? what's the best, easiest, & quickest methods?


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 1, 2009, 1:48 AM

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If find they could be warped more than cracks over ions of them. I suppose if I was really worried I'd consult with a tire specialty shop or perhaps put them submerged in dyed water (tires off) and rinse and wipe. Residual dye may come out of a crack and reveal itself. Machine shops have tricks to find flaws as they routinely to for engine parts,

T



hster2
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Aug 1, 2009, 1:54 AM

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Thanks!


GlennAB1
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Aug 28, 2009, 6:09 PM

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In Reply To
Thanks for your response.

How do I determine if the rim has cracks? what's the best, easiest, & quickest methods?



The quickest, and best method would be Eddy Current inspection. Don't have the training or equipment for that, then try Liquid (Dye) Penetrant.

Other than those, you could examine the wheels under high magnification (10x or greater).

If it were me, I'd do the Eddy Current method.





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SUVRider101
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Aug 29, 2009, 7:46 AM

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If you find rust on the rims then you know there not alloy, alloy rims are not suppose to rust.

Just thought I would add this in case you found rust or the person wasn't being completely up front with you.


GlennAB1
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Aug 29, 2009, 10:06 AM

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I thought he was talking about aluminum wheels.....





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tommibennett
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Sep 10, 2009, 7:13 PM

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Hi

I found a set of alloy wheels that fit my car, so how do i go about testing them, 'cos they're not new rims.

What tests can i do to check that they're not defective/cracked/warped/were from a car in an accident, etc?

Thanks

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try http://quickhubs.com/ford-alloy-wheels.html for some advise. These boys are pretty pro.



(This post was edited by tommibennett on Sep 10, 2009, 7:14 PM)


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Sep 13, 2009, 10:12 AM

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try http://quickhubs.com/ford-alloy-wheels.html for some advise. These boys are pretty pro.


pro salesmen?





Banned memeber, banned again

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Sep 13, 2009, 2:40 PM

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Do idiot's run this site?


way2old
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Sep 13, 2009, 2:46 PM

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I don't think so. Wonder why a person that fails to create a username criticizes the site. Seems like they would let us know who they are and what we can do do make the site better. Thanks for coming to the site. Please create a user name and let us know what we can do to help you.



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Hammer Time
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Sep 13, 2009, 2:49 PM

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That was a previously banned user that keeps changing IP's



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