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    Default Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    Can wallowed out lug holes on steel wheels be repaired for a reasonable cost? I'm thinking about picking up 2 more Kelsey Hayes wheels that will give me matching spares for both the Jeep and trailer, but the lug holes are wallowed out. I don't want to buy them if they can't be fixed reasonably. So, can it be done?
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    Ken Bushdiecker
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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    If its wallowed out isn't worth messing with
    I have seen guys who welded washers on the back side of rims but I wouldn't trust them

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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    Not sure which answer Ken was pointing to in that thread.

    I would not buy them. I've never heard of anyone repairing the lug holes. Keep looking.
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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    Quote Originally Posted by timgr View Post
    I've never heard of anyone repairing the lug holes. Keep looking.
    What he said.

    I for one, would be concerned about the safety of a repair like that.
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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    And if they're like my wallowed out KH wheels, the center hole isn't very round anymore either.
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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    There are a number of dedicated wheel repair companies: http://www.awrswheelrepair.com/

    http://www.rimdoc.com/

    And I've read about tapered steel inserts that can be used to fix wallowed out holes. So they may not be a total write-off but probably wouldn't be cheap to fix, either.

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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    I looked at them once a while back and passed, but I don't remember how the center hole was. They're pretty hard to find, so I'm getting real tempted to buy them just for spares for the Jeep and trailer. No use wasting $ if they are not safe to use though.
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    Default Re: Fix wallowed out wheel lug holes?

    Not sure which answer Ken was pointing to in that thread.
    I meant you might consider welding them yourself if they aren't too bad.
    Precision weld where needed only (minimum filler added) and die grind back to form.
    Ken Bushdiecker
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