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Old 11-02-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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Cracked 19" SSR's need input on repair/replacement

I ordered a set of staggered 19" SSR GT3's from Gary at the Tire Rack about four years ago. They look great but have been nothing but trouble and have since been discontinued.

First they bend if you look at them wrong and the clear coat finish is starting to peel on all the rims.

Most recently I go to replace the front tires and realize that the front right rim is cracked near the inside edge. Does anyone know how to go about ordering replacement barrels? I doubt the tire rack will do anything seeing as how has its past warranty. Gary can you help? Thanks.
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I ordered a set of staggered 19" SSR GT3's from Gary at the Tire Rack about four years ago. They look great but have been nothing but trouble and have since been discontinued.

First they bend if you look at them wrong and the clear coat finish is starting to peel on all the rims.

Most recently I go to replace the front tires and realize that the front right rim is cracked near the inside edge. Does anyone know how to go about ordering replacement barrels? I doubt the tire rack will do anything seeing as how has its past warranty. Gary can you help? Thanks.
These wheels are discontinued so you won't be able to get a direct replacement. If you really like those wheels try taking it to a local wheel repair shop, usually cost 120-150 per wheel to repair it. They will inspect it for free. Good luck!
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from what I hear it is illegal to weld rims or at least the shop that I took it too refuses to do such per there insurance
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:16 AM   #4
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from what I hear it is illegal to weld rims or at least the shop that I took it too refuses to do such per there insurance
I had cracked rims before that they welded, repaired, rechromed, and it spun perfectly with no hint that it was ever repaired, but that was on a 1 piece wheel. Is yours a 3 piece? Not sure if repairing a 3 piece is different but I can only suggest trying a couple of different repair shops.

If they all say the same you might be SOLed.

Last ditch effort would be to get a replica if you really like these wheels, but I am not sure how different a replica is from an original (i.e. weight). Might be a good time to get some new shoes

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Old 11-03-2009, 12:38 PM   #5
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Give the manufacturer a call, they may have spare barrels laying around in which they can send out.

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only the gt3's it seems
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The are indeed a three piece wheel and manufactured overseas. There is no direct contact on the website, I might try calling some local suppliers to see if they can point me in the right direction.

I would rather not risk welding them...I don't exactly drive slow on the freeway and would not want to compromise safety for a few hundred dollars...
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