Wheel repair...Flat spot edition.

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    Wheel repair...Flat spot edition.

    Picked up a set of FST wheels have always liked them since the first time I saw them.

    Got them for a good price, they are off of an ultra 4 rig and one of them has a flat spot on the inside.

    I started working with the one wheel today. Built a block for the inside if the wheel as to spread out the load and started pushing on the flat spot with a bottle jack.


    Here and there but with no teal results.

    the wheel isn't broken or cracked and I would like to keep things that way.


    What are the thought's on applying some heat.

    Will it change the structure of the aluminium/ weaken it?

    Has anyone tried fixing a wheel before?

    Am I wasting my time and should I just put the tire on it and leave it in the rear axle.

    Pics incoming.
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      #3
      I had a bmw wheel dented like that and my maniac ass smacked it with a sledgehammer it cracked. So don't do that.

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        I'll run it and see how it goes.
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          #5
          I'd run it as is, but I've seen some fucked up wheels fixed by russians on youtube. they use heat to avoid the cracking.
          The shithead formerly known as cn'tafordit & Brocko2

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            #6
            I ended up pushing on it with the 12T bottle jack till I couldn't hold it..


            Not to say someone else wouldn't break the wheel.

            But I treated it like it didn't really matter.


            Kinda pushing in the middle anf the beginning of the flat spot at each end.


            This rig doesn't get driven on the street so there is that factor...



            But it looks like a bit of patients and the right tools a guy can get it back into shape a bit.


            I'm sure if I spent a bunch more time on it, it would be road worthy but I personally am not super worried about that.
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              #7
              I'll bite..... What the fuck are FST wheels?

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                #8
                Ya cant get em anymore unless you buy em used.


                They're pretty decent strength wise and they don't have the same spoke pattern as everybody else
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                    #10
                    I prefer more of a more of a mag style wheel.

                    Call me nostalgic

                    The Racelines are ok

                    I have a set on the rig now but ever since I saw these I've been looking for a set.


                    They are kinda like Bills knuckles in my opinion...


                    Burned out way before their time.
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                      #11
                      Look like the BTR wheels that Eric Miller used to run on his U4 car. Same company?

                      Definitely a nice looking wheel.


                      Racelines are

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                        #12
                        A Raceline would have likely broke with that I started out with with this wheel.
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                          #13
                          The thread was mostly for the tech I suppose.


                          I knew I wasn't gonna bang it out with a hammer alone.

                          I took a 4x6 block and cut it to the radius of the wheel to spread the load to avoid the jack bending the other side of the wheel and used my disc sander to get the correct angle on the radius.

                          I had nothing to lose because I still have my other set of wheels.

                          I started out gently with no results...


                          I was finally like "screw it" and just went for it.
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                            #14
                            The BTR wheels look sweet.


                            More of what I would like.

                            I'll have to pop in there periodically.
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                              #15
                              Once upon a time I was flat broke, and had a bent and cracked discontinued wheel, I used a unit bearing in a big vice as a turntable and used a torch to heat it and hammered straight

                              took it to a friend who tig welded it and advised me to not run it on the street, but it did just fine until i downsized to 37s, they were 18s with 42s on a BGTL truck.

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