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Old 10-13-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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Took the Bonneville to Raben tires and they said the front left wheel was bent....thus causing the mild vibration at certain speeds...They told me to have the rim reconditioned for about $125 or go to a junkyard. but here is my question......can I just move the bent rim to the back and maybe I wont feel the vibration?? I would have to swap the rims because the front tires have more tread.....Raben told me it wasn't the tires, it was just the bent rim causing the vibration..........The cheapest 5 spoke rim I found was around $75.....Another question ....Does anyone have a rim they would be willing to sell 16x7 (alum), 5 spoke, straight
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moving it to the back might make the vibration less noticable, its worth a try. ( are you feeling the vibration in the steering wheel or the whole car?)
one big problem with a bent rim is the fact that its almost impossible to balance, so your going to get major cupping of the tire over time. A recondition rim for $125 is a prety good price, but a junk yard is probably cheaper

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Get a replacement rim. You might have less vibration by moving it to the back, but you are going to ruin your tire. The condition will progressively get worse to the point where you will need a rim and a tire.

Do you have full size spare?
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2KG4U , No I do not have a full size spare......If I get my rim reconditioned will it be weak in some spots, if so it will probably happen again??

and to reply back to JUDGEMIKDREDD you know I feel it in both, the steering wheel and the whole car.....Raben tire may be feeding me a bunch of BS but they looked over everything and said that the rim was bent and something to do with the tires needed alignment??.....Luckily they aligned the tires for free and I did notice a big difference.....but...theres still a mild feel of vibration in the whole car and the steering wheel........Thanks for the quick responses.....Ryan

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Do you have steel rims, or aluminum?
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They are aluminum........
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and to reply back to JUDGEMIKDREDD you know I feel it in both, the steering wheel and the whole car.....Raben tire may be feeding me a bunch of BS but they looked over everything and said that the rim was bent and something to do with the tires needed alignment??.....Luckily they aligned the tires for free and I did notice a big difference.....but...theres still a mild feel of vibration in the whole car and the steering wheel........Thanks for the quick responses.....Ryan
well if you move it to the rear of the vehicle you will probably still feel it in your seat but the steering wheel might not shake, sounds like your rims pretty out of whack.
Did they do a font end alignment or did they say that your tires were out of balance?
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They are aluminum........
Ask them what they do to refurbish aluminum wheels. Steel rims can be worked back into shape, aluminum can't. Unless they are going to aluminum weld the bent area, and then re-cut it back to original shape, I don't know how they can fix it.

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Now that I look back at the receipt....It looks like they did a front end alignment and tried to balance the wheels, but noticed that the front left was having a hard time being balaced...because of it being bent.......Raben ships this wheel off to another shop and they do something to the rim.....I'll have to ask how they fix it....Good Question!....The guy that test drove the my Bonnie, decided to do a front end alignment without telling me or the boss......and my pockets were empty!!......so I got that whole service for free.....I did feel a huge difference in the way the car handled after that.......My radar can actually stay on the dash and not fall off.........but there is always still that mild vibration......I just haven't had any time to put the wheel in the back....maybe this weekend I'll get to it.....Thanks everyone
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