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    3 bent wheels; can they be successfully straightened?

    Hey guys. Few questions. Car is still pretty new to me, so just found this out. Went to get the front tires balanced due to a shake above 80mph.

    As soon as he put it on the balancer, the balance was good, but inner lip was obviously bent. Both left wheels and the rear right, slightly. No cracks and tires loose no air.

    I've had experience only once before with wheel repair on my E38 and it wasn't great. But that was to fix a crack in a rim and refinish. They welded it (quite poorly I may add), but it was straight and didn't need straightening. For the cost, though, I should have just located another wheel.

    These ZHP wheels seem harder to find and more expensive. Can a good wheel guy get these straight? Will they crack trying to straighten them? And are these rims more prone to bending than others? Thanks
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    Well I can just speak from my experience, but I bent a wheel a little while back after hitting a pothole. Caused horrible shaking from like 65-80 mph. I found a place that did wheel repairs and had pretty good reviews so I went there. The guys were super cool, showed me around their shop and fixed my wheel. The guy had been doing it for a long long time and the shop was full of BMWs.

    So yes the wheels can be straightened successfully if you get someone who knows what they’re doing

    2004 Titansilber Metallic BMW 330i ZHP

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    So I took it to the wheel guy and all 4 were bent, the right front the least bad of the 4. He rebalanced everything after and I took it on the highway finally this past Friday. Wow the car is glassy smooth. It wasn't cheap, but totally worth it.
    '04 330i ZHP sedan | Mystic blue | Alcantara | 6MT | 111k
    '98 740il | Schwartz 2 | Sandbeige | 5AT | 238k | lowered on Bilsteins w/ B&G springs
    '00 540i sport | Titanium silver | Black | 5AT | 120k
    '85 Mustang GT convertible | Medium charcoal metallic | Gray | 5MT | 215k | one owner, all original

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    I am glad to hear that you have a great results with straightening the wheela. I was in the same position when I bought my car. 3 wheels were bent quite badly, bad they were successfully recovered.

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    It's nice to hear you found a competent shop. You should mention it so the next owner in your area can also have a good experience.
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

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    Good idea! The shop is called Lex Wheel Repair in Brandon, FL. Tiny place. The guy does everything himself, so he's who you deal with. Good guy who cares about his work and his customers.
    '04 330i ZHP sedan | Mystic blue | Alcantara | 6MT | 111k
    '98 740il | Schwartz 2 | Sandbeige | 5AT | 238k | lowered on Bilsteins w/ B&G springs
    '00 540i sport | Titanium silver | Black | 5AT | 120k
    '85 Mustang GT convertible | Medium charcoal metallic | Gray | 5MT | 215k | one owner, all original

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