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Old 02-17-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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How hard is it to bend a wheel?

Just asking because every since I got my new wheels I have been super paranoid about one of them getting bent. I just do normal daily driving and do my best to avoid potholes although at night it is harder to see them.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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Depends on the quality of the wheel, tire sidewalk thickness, etc.. I hit a pothole so bad once it bent a lower control arm but didn't touch my OEM wheels. Alot of factors play into it.

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Old 02-17-2011, 08:30 AM   #3
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Not sure what my sidewall thickness is but I am running a 225/40/18 filled to 38psi.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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Can be as easy as hitting it with a hammer to as hard as hitting a curb at speed. Wheel quality has a lot to do with it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:38 AM   #5
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my wheels are Beyern Mesh which is not a high end wheel but from my research the are really good quality wheels.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:59 AM   #6
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my wheels are Beyern Mesh which is not a high end wheel but from my research the are really good quality wheels.
Beyern makes quality wheels. The mesh design is also quite strong. Unless you're running really squishy tires or nail a pothole when the tire is flat, you'll be fine. Poorly made replicas and some light weight wheels (ex. SSR) are known for being soft and bending even when hitting potholes.

I wouldn't worry about it
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:29 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:33 PM   #8
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As it was mentioned, it depends on so many factors it's tough to say. You could bend forged wheels that are $1000 each if you hit a pothole hard enough. Depth of the pothole/crack, your tire sidewall height, speed at which you are traveling, design of the wheel, wheel making process (IE: forged, high pressure cast, low pressure cast, or gravity cast), etc. It all depends. Since you have mesh wheels they should hold up relatively well, just be aware of where you are driving and what you are driving over to keep your wheels true.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:53 PM   #10
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I guess not?
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there is no simple answer, but yes you're wheels are prone to bends. Your wheels are cast and they have a lip. It doesn't matter if they are mesh or 5 spoke. Cast front lips are weak.
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My wife found it really easy to bend three at one time. We live on a golf course where a PGA Tour event was held. The main route to our house was closed off during play, but opened to traffic at night. CBS Sports had their cables across the road, covered by a large plastic ramp. My wife hit the ramp at about 60 mph and went airborne. (My 7 year old son told on her in his excitement) He gained no favor with Mom, though.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:38 PM   #14
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Sedgefield, Pinehurst, Or Quail Hollow? And that is too funny that your son told on her.
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