Repairing cracked alloys

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by elbarry, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. elbarry

    elbarry Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Looking at a set of used alloys however 2 of the wheels have cracks on the inside of the rims.
    These would be summer wheels only and need a refurb too.
    What would be the cost of a diamond cut refurb x four wheels including a weld on two wheels
    More importantly us such a weld recommended
    Thanks in advance
    Andy
     
  2. V12

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    Alloyweldcraft do an excellent job at welding, straightening etc. They guarantee their work and go through many processes to prevent metal heat fatigue that some other welders cause.

    Think they charge £80 each wheel not including return.
     
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    Sorry, that should read £80 each not including refurb. A decent diamond cut finish will start from £50 per wheel.
     
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    w124nut Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Personally, I would scrap the wheels with cracks.

    Spending £80 on each wheel for welding plus £50 for a diamond cut is a lot of money. How does this compare with the cost of a new wheel?
     
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    Some AMG wheels cost £1500 or more per wheel.

    Other classic wheels aren't available and refurb is the only option.
     
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    I have seen some horrors with welded alloys
     
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    SL350_SWINDON Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Don't worry about welding. As long as it's done correctly it's not an issue. Many critical assemblies are welded.
     
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    Leabrooks Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    cast ali alloy is porous, the outer surface is the true 'seal'. Welding is possible but wouldn't your money be better spent on wheels that dont need welding than a full refurb on top of the weld repair?
     
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    Me too. That's why I'd only recommend alloy weld craft as I have first hand experience of how much better they are than the competition I've previously used.

    One of the family businesses has over 4000 Mercedes alloy wheels (new, used and refurbished) in stock at any time. We've seen it all and heard all the stories.
     
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