ASSESSING RIM DAMAGE AND RIM REPAIR
6, 7, 8. Once you are getting close to where you feel the rim is straight, you can add a small piece of flat steel to help make a larger flat area, still heating the area you are trying to repair. At some points you might have to push down fairly hard on the other end of the wheel to counteract the force from the press. 9, 10, 11. As you can see, we were able to get this rim back into fairly good condition. You will still most likely have a small flat spot that is manageable. Flat spots are pretty much impossible to remove. You can now true the wheel either on a wheel stand or installing it on your motorcycle and using an indicator that you can attach to the motorcycle. A little duct tape and marker/pencil/straw—just about anything that won’t scratch your rim will work fine. Keep in mind the rim will never be as good as new, as the bending and heating will weaken the rim a little in that area.
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