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Repairing Torque Thrust wheels questions

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by yoyodyne, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. yoyodyne
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 856


    I picked up a set of Torque Thrusts from another Hamber this week. One wheel has a crack that needs repaired, a couple have curb rash and one is corroded.

    1. What special requirements do these wheels have as far as welding? Can I just Vee out the crack and TIG weld it like any other cast aluminum? Any recommendations on rod alloy?

    2. To fix the curb rash, can it be welded and remachined or should I leave it alone and just file/grind/turn off the damage? Some is deep.

    3. You can see the corrosion in the photo on the left. This is inside and outside the rim, on both edges of the rim, probably from sitting on the ground. Can I remove that chemically or by some other means? I'm reluctant to glassbead it and drive the corrosion deeper into the pores of the casting.

    Thanks for any help. I DID search before posting, came up with nothing after 8 searches...


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  2. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    I am not quailfied on the crack issue, but as far as blasting the pits, I have done so with well worn sand in a blast cabinet. It worked fine. The aluminum corrosion is softer than the base metal, so it cleans up perfect. (What i mean is, On steel, the rust layers seem to be harder than the base metal)

    A good friend had two complete sets of Ansen slots spun on a large lathe to clean the rash, and clean the tire bead seat areas. They looked perfect. It all depends how deep the rash is, if there is enough meat to machine it out completely.
  3. bobby_Socks
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 938

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    It looks like it could be tig welded. Might have to heat it with a torch first to get a little heat into it. The other wheel looks like it will clean up with just a little time on the lathe or you might be able to file it down and then work it with sand paper to get the file marks out if you do not have access to a lathe. Good luck and post pictures of the repairs.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2011
  4. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,478


    a couple of months ago i fixed the curb rash on some torque thrusts just by running the tig around, a little filler in one spot, the rest just flowed into a nice smooth bead, that crack should weld up fine.

  5. I've seen them repair weld them and they cut out a small section to clean material as alum is porous and gets impurities in it.
  6. spooledup
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 23


    In a pinch i've stick welded them with pretty good success. Vee it out and burn it in.
    If you cant weld it pretty... Weld it HOT!
  7. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,478


    heres a pic of my curb rash fix, both my wheels had a pretty good scruffing all the way around, i just remelted the edge with the tig and a little light sand and polish and this is what they look like.

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