MNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5429 times:
I have a 2001 Sebring with 17in standard rims. When i went to get my wheels aligned, the mechanic told me that two of my rims were bent (which would explain the noise/vibration when driving).
I was looking online to replace the rims and i stumbled upon some nice after market 17in rims(nothing too blinged out), and it got me wondering. Since the original rims and the after market rims are the same hight/width, would there be a need for new tires, or could i just use the ones i had before?
And has anyone else ever gotten bent rims(seems to be a problem on some Mitsubishi cars and some Avengers/Sebrings), and what could be the danger of riding out the problem for another month or so?
Coz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5425 times:
Quoting MNeo (Thread starter): Since the original rims and the after market rims are the same hight/width, would there be a need for new tires, or could i just use the ones i had before?
I guess it all depends on whether there is uneven tire wear as a result of the damaged rims. I suggest that you do without tires altogether, as women are impressed by guys who drive cars that make lots of sparks. I know this from firsthand experience. Tires are just a sham to get your money.
MNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5353 times:
Thanks for all of the responses. I will probably get new tires for the bent rims, but my question is if i deside to buy "custom" rims with the same width/hight would the other 2 (less than 1 year old) tires need to be replaced?
Airfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5336 times:
I had a Eagle Talon with a bent rim. I took it to someone who specialized in that sort of thing an he straightened it up good as new.
As for tires look for bulges or depressions. These are signs of a broken wire inside the tire. That is bad news and the tire will need replaced or the next time you are at speed your tire could explode, causing all sorts of damage.
I had a friend that blew a tire on a Vett going about 170 mph. The tire disintegrated and took out the right half of the hood with it! Luckily he is an exceptional driver and didn't flip the car.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6398 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5288 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2): Perhaps you could go online to E-Bay or check out a local car junkyard/dismantaler or specialist in used wheels if you need to save money and get factory wheels.
Many times factory rims are more costly than the aftermarket models. My dad had one of his rims stolen on his intrepid and it was almost $400 for the rim. Factory radios are the same way.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 5): Aftermarket will make your car look like a cheap ghetto cruiser. Also the thieves will try to steal them too.
Around here you see $2000 set of rims on a $300 car. There are even places that allow you to rent to own the big rims. My favorite are the kids who wear "spinnas" that are bracelets, necklaces, and watches.
You should not have to replace your tires if they will fit properly on the rims. If they were damaged from the bent rims, such as a strange wear pattern, you should replace them. If the tire is worn heavily in a unusual way the tire will still be unbalanced.
Trav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5281 times:
Quoting Superfly (Reply 5): Find a place that has your original factory rims that aren't bent.
Aftermarket will make your car look like a cheap ghetto cruiser.
Some do, yes, but there are plenty of tasteful aftermarket rims out there, frankly that's a pretty dumb blanket statement. Also, as has been said before, factory rims are expensive as HELL - I was looking around online on the internet for factory wheels for my Accord, and I was lucky to find used ones for less than 125 a pop for mediocre, 15 inch alloys. Screw that!
As for the wheel thing, I'd just replace the wheels and tires, and don't discredit aftermarket (just keep it tasteful). However I wouldn't imagine factory sized aftermarket wheels would look good at all... I clipped a curb in my old Bimmer and knocked the tire clean off the rim, but fortunately had a full-sized spare. Boy that was fun, changing a tire, without wheel studs, in a dark bank parking lot at night after having 3 cops show up, then leave. How helpful of them
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5273 times:
Quoting Trav110 (Reply 8): there are plenty of tasteful aftermarket rims out there
Nothing beats original, factory wheels. Anything else looks like it was replaced due to a dumbshit driver error. Either that or it's done to try make a cheap car look better. Unfortunately, they make a cheap car look cheaper. And they make an expensive car look a lot cheaper.