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Cracked Alloy wheel :-( Advice on repair please.

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I'd noticed one of my tyres had started to lose air so called in to a tyre fitters on my way to work. Turns out the tyre is fine but there's a crack on the inner rim of the wheel. I did catch a pot hole on Sunday evening and although it didn't feel bad enough to crack a wheel as I noticed the air loss the day after it seems a fair bet that was the cause.

 

So now I'm weighing up the options. I'd been planning on getting a spare set of wheels at some point and getting the set currently on the car refurbed. I know there was a decent looking set for sale on here a while ago but they now appear to have been sold so I'm kicking myself for not jumping on them when I had the chance.  A search on eBay turned up very little. Ideally I'd like a set of 18s onto which I can fit the Cossclimate tyres I'm running. There are a couple of sets on there but are for collection only and at the wrong end of the country for me. Single wheels in the correct style (613) could be had for £140/£150 but considering a full set should be around £400 or less that seems a lot to pay.

 

I'd prefer to avoid resorting to eBay at all if I can so I'm considering having the crack welded. Is this a good idea? Are wheels which have been repaired that way as considered to be ok as long the repair has been done properly? The tyre fitter recommended a local welding and fabrication specialist who repairs wheels and the cost is likely to be £60 or £70. What questions should I be asking them to be sure they know what they're doing.

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Alloy wheels crack on a daily basis and they're repaired on a daily basis

 

Any decent alloy wheel refurb company will do this hourly, so they'll be able to fix it for you without an issue really

 

Have you thought about moving away from RFT tyres and moving to non-RFT tyres (and having a BMW repair kit in the boot instead of a space saver)? RFT tyres do not help when it comes to alloys cracking, their design makes them stiffer and not able to take pot holes as well as non-RFT tyres and cushioning the blow, so to speak

 

When it comes to another set of alloys; are you looking to stick with OEM BMW or would you look at aftermarket alloys etc?

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Many years ago I had a VXR. It’s alloys we’re made from puff pastry. 

 

I was was really nervous the first time one of the alloys cracked. Sod’s law too, it happened the day before I was due to go on a driving holiday. 

 

My my choices were to cancel the holiday, or take the plunge and get it welded. The welders workshop was a tip, but he showed me some of his work, which was really top notch.

 

He welded 3 of my alloys, and I never had any issues whatsoever, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

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2 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

Alloy wheels crack on a daily basis and they're repaired on a daily basis

 

Great. I've never had to deal with this before so wasn't sure. That's reassuring. 

 

3 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

Have you thought about moving away from RFT tyres

 

The car had non runflats on when I bought it.

 

4 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

are you looking to stick with OEM BMW or would you look at aftermarket alloys etc

 

I'd wanted to keep the OEM wheels and look into having them properly refurbed at some point in the next year. They're ok now but starting to bubble a little round the centre holes so once this winter's behind us I'm sure they'll be looking a bit worse. If buying another set it was going to be to use while the OEM set was being repaired and then maybe keep as a spare/winter set so I didn't really want to spend too much. I hadn't thought about aftermarket wheels but if a nice set appeared at a good price. I'd certainly consider them. I guess that could be more cost effective than buying another OEM set and refurbing the ones I've got etc. 

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17 minutes ago, goram said:

Many years ago I had a VXR. It’s alloys we’re made from puff pastry. 

 

I was was really nervous the first time one of the alloys cracked. Sod’s law too, it happened the day before I was due to go on a driving holiday. 

 

My my choices were to cancel the holiday, or take the plunge and get it welded. The welders workshop was a tip, but he showed me some of his work, which was really top notch.

 

He welded 3 of my alloys, and I never had any issues whatsoever, and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

 

 

Ha ha, that's kind of how I feel now, uncharted waters :wacko:

 

I'll certainly give the repair some thought then. At least I'm not going on holiday any time soon so have time to weigh things up. 

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5 minutes ago, Cadwell Parker said:

 

Great. I've never had to deal with this before so wasn't sure. That's reassuring. 

 

 

The car had non runflats on when I bought it.

 

 

I'd wanted to keep the OEM wheels and look into having them properly refurbed at some point in the next year. They're ok now but starting to bubble a little round the centre holes so once this winter's behind us I'm sure they'll be looking a bit worse. If buying another set it was going to be to use while the OEM set was being repaired and then maybe keep as a spare/winter set so I didn't really want to spend too much. I hadn't thought about aftermarket wheels but if a nice set appeared at a good price. I'd certainly consider them. I guess that could be more cost effective than buying another OEM set and refurbing the ones I've got etc. 

 

No worries; with the roads as they are these days, cracked alloys is common occurrence :roll: 

 

Re alloys, see what the likes of BMAutosport, Wheelbase, Rimstyle etc have for your car, but also consider someone like Mr Winter Wheels who sells Borbet alloys etc... There's plenty to choose from and sometimes buying new (if you find ones that you like) is cheaper/easier than buying OEM that you then need to refurb etc and at least with brand new alloys, you get warranty too!

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2 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Re alloys, see what the likes of BMAutosport, Wheelbase, Rimstyle etc have for your car, but also consider someone like Mr Winter Wheels who sells Borbet alloys etc.

 

Thanks, I'll have a look at those and see what they have. If I see something nice I might splash out on those and keep my old set for winter. 

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1 hour ago, 535i Andrew said:

Get a claim in against the council. I turned one of my E60 alloys in on itself after hitting a pothole and got over 90% of the costs back from the relevant Council.

 

I would but can't for the life of me remember where it was. I'm pretty sure it was in Glasgow somewhere, maybe near The Forge. I didn't take much notice at the time because it didn't feel too bad.

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On 11/20/2019 at 1:24 PM, d_a_n1979 said:

Re alloys, see what the likes of BMAutosport, Wheelbase, Rimstyle etc have for your car

 

I had a look through what they all have available. There are some nice wheels to be had but I've found these just been listed today...

 

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F274107557218

 

I negotiated a small discount and agreed to collect them tomorrow. I'll get the Crossclimates put on asap and probably sell on the winter run flats but might try driving on them for a while just to see how they feel.  Somehow I can't quite believe they're as bad as most people say

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7 minutes ago, Cadwell Parker said:

 

I had a look through what they all have available. There are some nice wheels to be had but I've found these just been listed today...

 

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F274107557218

 

I negotiated a small discount and agreed to collect them tomorrow. I'll get the Crossclimates put on asap and probably sell on the winter run flats but might try driving on them for a while just to see how they feel.  Somehow I can't quite believe they're as bad as most people say

 

They look spot on; a good clean and new centre caps and they'll look like new :)

 

Nice drive into North Cumbria too; hope the weather holds off for you

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