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Have experienced problems with x-type ally wheels being dented, but not tyre damage. This can lead to hub bearing problems. Have herd alloy material is soft and the wheels are not fit for purpose. any reports to confirm this.

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Although alloy wheels are softer than steel, chrome and aluminum wheels, there are no reports to confirm they should not or cannot be used. wheels are dented due to impacts such as hitting a curb or getting in an accident.

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  • elgordo157 Jan 14, 2011

    We repair dented alloy wheels using our wheel straightening equipment. The most common Jag wheel we get is the 18" twin spoke which appears to suffer flat spots and fractures. Suggest this is due to impacts on road such as curbs, potholes or debris.

    Vehicles are getting heavier and the rubber around your wheels is getting smaller due to larger wheels. Roads are failing more often and the heavy cars with large wheel combination just cannot stand up to the conditions.

    Suggest that road users are more vigilant and report damage to local councils in an effort to reduce damage to your vehicles.

    Search for buckled alloy wheel repair in your area and get advice from your local chap.

    Regards from AlloyFIX Team

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