we now straighten motorcycle wheels! We have now developed a new variation
of our straightening technology that allows us to bring many types of
bent motorcycle wheels back to specifications.
Here are a few important things to know about motorcycle rim straightening:
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- We use our custom-designed equipment to apply heat and hydraulic pressure
to straighten bent rims to within ".03 (three hundreths of an inch)
maximum variation in both the radial and axial planes.
- Straightening motorcycle wheels is somewhat more complex than auto
wheels, and generally takes longer. Please allow 2-3 days for us to
straighten your wheel.
- We charge $150 to straighten motorcycle wheels. As with auto wheels,
we do not charge for wheels that we cannot repair.
- Although we straighten motorcycle rims, we are not a motorcycle shop
and we have no experience working with the bikes themselves. We are
not able to remove the wheel from the motorcycle for you, nor can we
mount and balance motorcycle tires. We can only accept wheels dropped-off
or shipped for straightening.
- To drop off or ship a rim to us, first have your wheel removed from
the bike and the tire removed from the rim. Have the brake rotors removed
from the rim if possible, but do not remove the bearings if there are
- Because of the design and alloy composition of motorcycle rims, it
is nearly impossible to apply enough pressure to affect the rim without
damaging the cosmetic finish. Although we do the best we can to minimize
damage, we cannot guarantee the cosmetic finish of wheels being straightened.
- Motorcycle rims are much more likely to crack or be seriously weakened
by an impact, also due to their design and alloy composition. Weakened
wheels may crack during the straightening process. We can often identify
weaknesses and bends which are likely to crack before beginning to straighten
the rim, and we do our best to notify the customer beforehand, but motorcycle
rims can and do crack without warning.
- Some motorcycles, especially certain BMW and Honda bikes use a "single
swing-arm" type of front fork in which the rim is bolted onto the
arm rather than having an axle attached to a double fork and passing
through the center hub of the rim. We can straighten some of these types
of rims, but not others, as the bolt patterns differ and a custom piece
must be made for each bolt pattern. Please contact us for more information
about straightening single swing-arm rims.