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straighten a steelie??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by a.y1320, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. a.y1320
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
    Posts: 117


    Does anyone know how to correct runout on steel wheels??
    I have a set of early Ford steelies that have a visible amount of runout in the center section when you give them a spin. I have had balancing issues and the last guy to look at them told me to just replace them. The wheels are in really good condtion and I hate to buy another set that may also have the center wobble.
    Is this pretty common with the early two piece rims?
  2. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,579

    ems customer service

    If the center section is running out, there done. Time for new wheels
  3. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,078


    There is wobble, which I have corrected in AL wheels. (Apply a Urethane mallet)
    I don't see why a judicious (just enough of a) whack, wouldn't straighten a steel wheel. If it instead had radial runout (nuttin ta do w/bias, guys!) different story, but I suspect this would be unlikely.
  4. rcnut223
    Joined: Oct 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,255

    from wisconsin

    I tend to agree, if the center section is bent your done

    Have a shop ith a hunter spin balancer with digital readout spin them. They can tell you if the wheels are toast. Out of 8 wheels I either bought or were given i had 4 that were keepers.

  5. Mark T
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,901

    Mark T

    Try searching olds threads, I'm pretty sure this has been discussed.
    A few guys posted pictures of presses used to straighten steel wheels, It can be done.
  6. a.y1320
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
    Posts: 117


    The wheels dont show any signs of an impact or abuse. The center section and the outside rim look as if they were riveted with the runout (wobble) from the beginning?? I am just wondering if this is a common problem and if there is a fix. Thanks for any advice.

    I did a quick search (4-5 pages) hope Im not missing the obvious.
  7. a.y1320
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
    Posts: 117


    Thanks, that post is what needed!!
  8. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,578

    Rusty O'Toole

    Big tire stores can straighten steel wheels.
  9. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,321

    Dan Timberlake

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