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Physlis
06-23-2011, 12:11 AM
First I'd like to note that these wheels are on my 2000 ITR, not either of my Celicas, they're 17" Volk Racing CN-Gs (discontinued). I had just washed it a few days ago and I noticed I only had one rim that didn't have any curb-rash, sucks but atleast I have a good one right? Well not a week went by and I noticed that somewhere along the way a nice chunk of a spoke had been taken out of this remaining good rim(presumably by a rock or something). My question now has to be is this safe to drive on?

Obviously I'll now be trailering the car when I move from UT to PA next month (I don't want to risk a shattered rim due to extended time running at highway speeds) but once I get there I'm concerned about daily driving safety.

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http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Physlis/SDC12733.jpg

The major downsides are that these particular rims are now discontinued and once I get back to PA I can't get this thing inspected if it's not driveable.

So what do you guys think? Is it ok, is it repairable(by a certified shop of course) or should I just consider it a total loss?

grimmythereaper
06-23-2011, 12:26 AM
it looks drivable to me, i have a lot worse in my apt complex and in the neighborhood where i live now

celica9303
06-23-2011, 01:30 AM
Id say its fine it just looks like a rock hit it and chipped it. Not a total loss. If your worried see if some one can weld it or get all the wheels refinished.

KoreanJoey
06-23-2011, 03:15 AM
I wouldn't worry about it too much but I would check it periodically (like when you change your oil or something).

MCcelica
06-23-2011, 07:41 AM
Yeah, it just looks a bit pitted to me man. I would just keep checking for cracking periodically. How thick is the spoke and how deep is the pit?

Hookecho
06-23-2011, 01:39 PM
You're fine.

Physlis
06-23-2011, 11:42 PM
I appreciate the input, I'm a little on edge with this move coming up and the last thing I want to deal with is repairs right before, during, or immediately after. Especially when it comes to friends/family helping me drive said vehicles and having potential safety issues.


Yeah, it just looks a bit pitted to me man. I would just keep checking for cracking periodically. How thick is the spoke and how deep is the pit?
The spokes look to be about 6" from hub to rim, 1" wide and taper from ~1/4"-1" (outside to inside), the pit itself looks to be about the size of a bb or a pea. The only reason I'm a little overly concerned is that these are probably made of something lightweight and I've seen wheels come apart before from "minor" damage.

I'll keep an eye on it and see what happens, obviously I should be watching for cracks but is there anything else I should be checking for; stress discoloration, other spokes having issues, etc?