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I took my 2013 Genesis to Discount Tire. They told me they could not balance one of my tires since the rim was bent. They showed me the wheel and tire on the Tire Balancer and I could see the a little wobble. I don't detect any issues when I am driving. I plan on getting a 2nd opinion. I am surprised its bent, though I hit some medium pot holes on a road trip at 85MPH and the Gen seemed to just glide over them.

They offered to order me a new rim for about $320. Is this a fair price or should I look around? Can I get the rim straightened?

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Troy
 

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Rims can be straightened as long as they're not cracked.

$320 is a lot for a stock rim. Quick google search and I can find 2013 19" stock rims for $270 USD

Keep an eye on your tire pressures. If the lip where the tire contacts is deformed it will be more susceptible to leaking air.

If its not vibrating or losing air, you can run on it until you get it repaired/replaced.
 

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I plan on getting a 2nd opinion.
Err, why? The wheel is bent dude, you saw it on the balancer. When you spin a good, straight wheel on a balancing machine you will see ZERO lateral movement, "hopping," or vibration of any kind.

Can I get the rim straightened?
You can, but you need to be careful with how you do it. There are plenty of hacks out there who will offer to pound the thing out for you. DO. NOT. DO. THAT.

Straightening alloy wheels is a highly specialized process that is as much an art as it is a science. It can be done with a cold roller, but the best way by far is hydraulic assistance technology. Unfortunately, the latter option is a proprietary process owned by Rim And Wheel Works who only have one shop, based out of Massachusetts.

Essentially, it really depends on where you live. If there aren't any good wheel repair specialists within reasonable driving distance, (and they are rare so don't hold your breath) then the cost of shipping the wheel to and from a repair shop will often negate any savings from repairing rather than replacing the wheel.

Probably not the kind of answer you were looking for, but that's life with alloy wheels.

Good luck, happy tuning!
 

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I have determined with looking up the parts its a 18 X 8 5 Double Spokes Bright Aluminium Alloy Wheel Rim. Prices:
Discount Tire: Reconditioned $323
Dealership: New $485

I have heard Aluminium rims are not easily repairable and the integrity may be compromised.

I think another option would be to look for a rim in Austin, Texas from a junk yard or rim shop. They are much cheaper.

Your thoughts?
 

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I have had an aluminum wheel with a bent rim repaired, and the result was excellent. The cost was around $160, and that included refinishing the wheel.
 

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When I bought my Gen my HYundai guy went over it and found a bent rim. The dealer involved has a specialist who came and fixed her. I still can detect a slight NVH at between 67 and 75 mph on accel. But it runs out. Heck I'm buying new wheels anyway. Just sayin.
 
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