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Cracked wheel safe to repair?

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  1. SCKOMS

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    I'm sure this is from a pothole....noticed a slow leak. Couldn't find a nail or screw s put it in a tub of water and found the crack you see in the photo.
    I'm sure it will be challenging trying to find a single wheel (Scuderia Style front...I believe 19x7.5)
    Is it safe to have it Tig welded?
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  3. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Try these guys. If they say it can be fixed, you should be good to go. So far I have sent them two wheels, one they fixed and the other they said no way. They can be trusted.

    Ye Olde Wheel Shop
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  4. SCKOMS

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    Thanks

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  5. BigTex

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    Weld, paint, refinish...may still be cheaper than a Ferrari replacement.
    I have five so I could put it in the spare...

    Check out your options.....
     
  6. Gizzi

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    Yes. It can be repaired safely. I’ve had both my fronts repaired........a couple of times each.
    I bought a set of aftermarket wheels, which looked almost identical, and fitted them. I had the originals refurbished and have them sitting in my garage.
    The originals seem to be pretty weak.


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  8. tazandjan

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    Some Ferrari aluminum wheels have a pretty healthy dose of magnesium in them, which is much softer than aluminum.
     
  9. LightGuy

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    There are a lot of opinions on the subject.

    If these are forged wheels then supposedly welding anneals (softens) the aluminum alloy.
    Even cast wheels are said to suffer.

    On the other hand even a crack repaired "softened" wheel has plenty more strength than needed for the street .
    Fixing big missing chunks is a No-Go.

    Go for it.

    My friend owns this business.

    https://wheelsamerica.com/

    He was pretty much the originator of this type of repair business.
     
  10. tazandjan

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    David- Ye Olde Wheel Shop and WheelsAmerica both started in the mid 90s within a year of each other.
     
  11. ItalGerBrit

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    Very common problem routinely repaired with TIG welding.
     
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  13. SCKOMS

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    Thanks all!

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  14. INTMD8

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    I can fix it for you.
     
  15. 360trev

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    I would say to the original question, it depends;

    Q. Do you ever vmax the car or track it?

    Personally I would never ever fit a stress crack repaired alloy wheel or patched tire to a high performance car that can go over 150mph. Each to their own. I appreciate the desire to try to save money but this is one area where I would just source a new rim and be done.

    The stresses on a rim at very high cornering and road speeds are enormous and enough to force uneven distribution of stress of the original fix to elsewhere on the rim with possible disasterous consequences. At those kinds of speeds it could be the last thing you know about it.

    Stay safe.
     
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  16. Need4Spd

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    ^^^This. Yes, they can be repaired. Will your particular repaired wheel fail you? Maybe not, but I’d rather not be my own crash dummy to find out. Even a failure at ordinary freeway speeds, let alone spirited backroads or track driving conditions, has enough energy to cause something serious. It’s not that hard or expensive to find a good replacement. Stay safe.


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  17. sparetireless

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    Replace it,

    welding will anneal the area around the weld,

    you could re heat treat after welding but the total cost will exceed a new rim.
     

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