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I have a forged Marchessini that got bent from a pothole. Does anyone have any experience with a company who can be trusted to straighten it? It is not too bad otherwise I probably would not even consider it.

There seem to be many companies who claim to to the best work. A reference to someone you have used would be appreciated.
 

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I found a bunch around here but mostly for cars. There are also a bunch of motorcycle specific ones around the country. Their websites all claim to be better than the others. Kinda turns me off.
 

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I had the stock front rim off my 900SS straightened at MC Wheel in Swanzey New Hampshire after some goob at work removed it from the bead blast cabinet one night and dropped it which bent the lip on one side pretty good. I sprung for the extra $20.00 to have it straightened to race specs when I had it done.

I'd have to say that they did a good job on it. Before we shot any Red paint we went over that rim with a fine toothed comb and mic'd the thing up at least eight ways from Sunday and couldn't find any fault at all with it.
I've been riding on that rim for almost 7 years now and haven't had any issues at all with it.

MC Wheel website. Click me.>>>>>mcwheel wheel repair for alloy car and motorcycle wheels, straightening, motorcycle wheel repair, motorcycle wheel straightening, bent motorcycle wheel, bent wheel, bent motorcycle rim, bent rim.
 

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I had the stock front rim off my 900SS straightened at MC Wheel in Swanzey New Hampshire after some goob at work removed it from the bead blast cabinet one night and dropped it which bent the lip on one side pretty good. I sprung for the extra $20.00 to have it straightened to race specs when I had it done.

I'd have to say that they did a good job on it. Before we shot any Red paint we went over that rim with a fine toothed comb and mic'd the thing up at least eight ways from Sunday and couldn't find any fault at all with it.
I've been riding on that rim for almost 7 years now and haven't had any issues at all with it.

MC Wheel website. Click me.>>>>>mcwheel wheel repair for alloy car and motorcycle wheels, straightening, motorcycle wheel repair, motorcycle wheel straightening, bent motorcycle wheel, bent wheel, bent motorcycle rim, bent rim.
Thanks. That was one of the companies I found.

I would hope that they can straighten this one without any paint damage as it is just the lip that is slightly bent on one side.

If not no big deal as I would rather have it done right as the refinishing part is easy.
 

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I would suggest Nichols here in NorCal. I've spoken to john a few times and he has a deep understanding of metals, how they react (including magnesium rims) and how to treat them.
 

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Send it to me, I'm pretty good with a ball peen hammer, an aluminum drift and vice grips. Bet you'll hardly notice it was bent when I get done.
 

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That's because people who live in Lancaster (CA) are already bent! Must be that dry mummifying air!
 

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I've had at least 4 wheels straightened,, from forged, regular etc,, look into Tom Mackie (626/355-7058) -- he's in Los Angeles. 50-75$,, you wouldn't even know once he's done.
 

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How bad is it bent? J/c.
Not bad. The damage is mostly on one side and is hard to see unless you watch it while it is spinning. I did have a wobble and a grinding feeling at high speeds.

I ended up ordering a new wheel. I intend to get the other one fixed as a spare or maybe to sell.

A friend of mine also recommended Woody's and said they did a great job. I will probably send it there as I know they specialize in motorcycle wheels and do good work.
 

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Not bad. The damage is mostly on one side and is hard to see unless you watch it while it is spinning. I did have a wobble and a grinding feeling at high speeds.

I ended up ordering a new wheel. I intend to get the other one fixed as a spare or maybe to sell.

A friend of mine also recommended Woody's and said they did a great job. I will probably send it there as I know they specialize in motorcycle wheels and do good work.
That's cool and that's probably what I would've done. Bent wheels can definitely be fixed but in some instances the metal is actually stretched at the bend and will never be the same even if it does balanced out.
 

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I had a 97 S4RS Tricolore that I bent a wheel on. It was a large pothole on a multi track train crossing. Bent it pretty badly when it hit the railroad track. I used a company that my dealership reccomended. The wheel absolutely needed painted when they were done but it was perfect. I also payed extra for the "race spec" repair.

I also petitioned that RR to pay for it since it was there jacked up crossing that caused the damage.

They coughed up the dough but I unfortunately totaled that bike about 2 months after I got it fixed.

That monster was cursed.
 

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I had a 97 S4RS Tricolore that I bent a wheel on. It was a large pothole on a multi track train crossing. Bent it pretty badly when it hit the railroad track. I used a company that my dealership reccomended. The wheel absolutely needed painted when they were done but it was perfect. I also payed extra for the "race spec" repair.

I also petitioned that RR to pay for it since it was there jacked up crossing that caused the damage.

They coughed up the dough but I unfortunately totaled that bike about 2 months after I got it fixed.

That monster was cursed.
Always nice when you can get paid. I've heard or people having intermittent luck getting the county to pay for damage to car wheels due to potholes. I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease after all.
 

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Always nice when you can get paid. I've heard or people having intermittent luck getting the county to pay for damage to car wheels due to potholes. I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease after all.

It was quite a pain in the ass to be sure. Multiple phone calls, multiple forms, notarized affadavit, photos of the train track, pothole, wheel damage etc. The check was sent with a form requiring me to absolve the RR of all future claims and stating under oath that the matter was settled. The 600 dollar check was a nice down payment on my 1098!!
 

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i dont have the website but do a search for either framestraight or frame straight systems..
He is i tennessee. I have used him twice and he is phenominal. The second wheel i sent him was bent fairly bad. the flange was bent over and the bead area was pushed in enuff to make a flat spot . When I got it back it was perfect and he didnt even "mar" the dirt on the wheel!
 
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