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Le_Katz and I are starting a club. The only requirement is that your rim looks like this:



It's a free mod! Come join us!
 

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thats what Michael's (Monstarr) rim looked like on the ride up to LimeRock for the vintage car races last month.

he got a hold of a hammer from a car wash and went to town, and we were off, all good. [thumbsup]


 

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Thank you for the tip; I will add him to the list of people banned from our club for life.

Is he still riding on it, or did he seek professional help?
 

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Thank you for the tip; I will add him to the list of people banned from our club for life.

Is he still riding on it, or did he seek professional help?
he was able to make it to LimeRock and back home to Rockland County fine! He's probably looking for a "new" front rim if he hasn't swapped it out yet.
 

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Hmmm... I think I have ~350 miles on it since it happened. Maybe I'll bang on it a little and see what happens. Thanks for replying so quick!
 

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Couple of things.

Mike's (Monstarr's) rim looked like that and had lost air (not sure if the air loss was before or after the ding) he almost crashed/drifted straight while in a corner on the brakes because of the air loss. We immediately pulled off and he fixed it.

Relapse,
Is your tire still holding air pressure or has it been dropping, have you checked?

Howie also mentioned there was some concern that banging it back with the hammer might make it worse, but in Mike's case it actually made it better.

Good luck with the hammer!
 

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.. well let me tell ya -- mr. GPS (aka relapse) and I put the deseased rims through a punitive actions as a test for the rest of good people of DML! (donations and contributions for the 'relapse/le_katZ' departement of R&D are appreciated and accepted via PAYPAL for your convinience!)
please dont let us resort to frenetic scratching of lottery tickets in east-bump-f**k-g*d forsaken gas/hot beverage pit stop to gain the much needed funding!

The preliminary results of early testing as follows:

we beat them things through the back roads of Catskills and Harriman with occasional flight down a highway -- we never.. mr. :police: and i repeat never mr. :police: , went over the mandatory double-the-speed-limit mark!...the good lads we are... [clap]
... as reported by dr.Relapse, after 350mi of extensive testing the air is still OEM!


PS' hey Kevin, i m thinking of keeping this 'mod' intact and applying for an endorsement with Marchessini for this and further plugs! whaddya recon?
 

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What he said. [cheeky]

Yeah, pressure holding fine for days and no change in the handling as I can tell.

I've gotten divergent advice, either "don't F with it" (meaning send it for a pro fix or simply get a new rim) or "go to town" (meaning hit it back into shape).

Some friends who work with metal seemed to agree that whacking it a few times wouldn't kill it unless it cracks, but that some of the structural integrity is gone either way (and you can't see that). If Monstarr is still riding the rim after ballparking it back into shape, it can't be that bad, right?

Either way though, it's still compromised even if it straightens out a bit so I'll probably get a new one at some point (early next season). Maybe some replacement "stock" carbon rims so I can keep up with le on his "stock" rig.

I didn't get a chance to pound it today but next weekend I may give it a shot. Actually, next weekend I'd like to do another overnight if the weather is good, but we need to get back before 2am if I'm going to work the next day!
 

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If Monstarr is still riding the rim after ballparking it back into shape, it can't be that bad, right?
He did that so he could continue that day and get home. I never implied that he left it like that afterwards. Right after he "fixed" it he was already asking if anyone knew of anyone selling a front rim that would fit his bike.

I really wouldn't suggest continuing to ride on that rim and I'm not a metallurgist or any expert, but I think "common" sense tells ya your playing russian roulette.

my .02

-michelle
 

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.. ya vaunt sum rushian/ukranian veezdom? ... here ya go..

i went around a friend's auto repair shop, the man hisself is been on two wheels for the past 30 years or so.. anyway,
he hammered that sucker back into OEM in under 2 minutes.. [clap]
back in the old country you see, hammer was a primary, and often the only available modus operandi.
 
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FYI for you bent rim folks...

I bent my front Carozerria wheel at VIR this past June and I was pissed considering I just bought the set. 1/4" out of round and 3/8" out. I dismounted the tire and sent the rim out to http://framestraightsystem.com/. My rim was returned 6 weeks later. Busy mofos! Ron (owner of Frame Straight) did an excellent job and not one cosmetic flaw was noticed.
 

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.. ya vaunt sum rushian/ukranian veezdom? ... here ya go..

i went around a friend's auto repair shop, the man hisself is been on two wheels for the past 30 years or so.. anyway,
he hammered that sucker back into OEM in under 2 minutes.. [clap]
back in the old country you see, hammer was a primary, and often the only available modus operandi.
That is grounds for immediate excommunication, but if you can ride on it then anyone can!

Pakhan, welcome to our illustrious club of which we are now, apparently, the only members. I would be sad too if my ding was so small nobody could see it. Not that I want to.

eRacer, I will keep them in mind. Saw the straightening cost on the site. What does it cost to ship a wheel these days? ...and how difficult did you find it to remove the wheel from the bike and the tire from the wheel, then (more importantly) get it all back together properly?

I figure there are only a few weekends left before I won't miss it being gone for a month or two.

Until then...



(Probably better with hammers too, huh LE?)
 
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eRacer, I will keep them in mind. Saw the straightening cost on the site. What does it cost to ship a wheel these days? ...and how difficult did you find it to remove the wheel from the bike and the tire from the wheel, then (more importantly) get it all back together properly?

I figure there are only a few weekends left before I won't miss it being gone for a month or two.
I play the Team Mechanic role for my track buds during the track season so removing wheels, mounting and balancing tires has become a regular event for me. It would be more cost effective if you were to remove your wheel and bring it to a local shop to dismount the tire. The tools involved are costly, yet they pay for themselves after a few tire changes. Removing a wheel only involves a set of stands and some metric wrenches. The rest of the process comes from experience. I'd be happy to give you some tech advice if needed....just keep in mind I'm no certified mechanic...I just slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night. ;D

Shipping a front rim (sans rotors and tire) should not be more than $20. I used a local UPS store.

Howie's recommendation is just as good, if not better, than my suggested place. Seems we both have FHE with either shop. Take your pick and let your wallet be the deciding factor.
 
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