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Old 03-08-2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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Bent Wheels

I developed a shake in my MH . The shake felt like tire balance so I took the MH to work today and "spun" the tires up on our high tech balancer The Hunter GSP9700

From what I measured the passenger side wheel has a bend or just plain out of round, the wheel has to much "roadforce" over 43lbs. My question is can my 19.5 steel wheel bend? They look so heavy duty I just can even think of that option , and also where is the best place to buy a new wheels . Thanks Jim

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Old 03-08-2006, 07:04 PM   #2
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Any piece of steel can bend. Have the tire dismounted and test the wheel separately, or, if you can, jack up your vehicle and turn the wheel by hand near an index point set on the wheel. Use a micrometer to measure any change. Measurable change will require help.


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Oh, yeah, they can bend...

They really can bend. Even though your wheels are very heavy duty, you also have a very heavy vehicle exerting force on them, when you hit a pothole, you put thousands of pounds of force on the edge of the rim. And if you scuff a curb, you have up to ten thousand pounds of force pushing the wheel sideways. You may be able to get a replacement steel wheel from a medium/heavy duty truck dealer. I located one for another forum member's motorhome at the local International Truck dealer, for around $100 new. They will ask if your wheels are hub centered, or lug centered, and how much offset you have. Hub centered is when the hub has a ridge on it to hold the wheel in place, lug centered is where the holse for the lug nuts have a bevel so the beveled lug nuts will hold the wheel centered.
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