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CTPhil
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 10:49 am    Post subject: Straightening Rims Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Does anyone have any favorite tricks for straightening out rims with bent lips?
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 11:08 am    Post subject: Re: Straightening Rims Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've used vise grips or a crescent wrench or a hammer and a body anvil any and alll work
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 1:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Straightening Rims Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have cut two pieces of flat steel maybe 3/8" thick, each piece is cut with the curve of the rim. The other edge is cut straight. then I weld a plate, about 2"or 3" wide. (or angle iron on each side) To form a T shape. I place one curve in a good spot on the rim, opposite the bent area. place a hydraulic jack on it, put the other curve under the bent area, pump a little pressure on it, then apply heat and hammer the rim until it's true. I made them many years ago, am surprised how many times I've used them.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Straightening Rims Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a home made vertical log splitter that will straighten any rim that I've tried so far. Sometimes I have to cut a piece of steel to fit in the center to keep it from bending where I don't want it to bend. A little patience and I can make it straight as new. But I can also screw up and cut a notch in the rim, ha.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Straightening Rims Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Also use hammer and anvil . Sometimes they crack and welding is needed. Have a 24 X 32 combine tire rim that started to crack and push out lip. Finally had to push tire in and weld about 10" inside and out.
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Straightening Rims Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, that'll give me some additional things to try. Smile
 
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