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So at school a University Bus decides to make a left turn in front of me outside a narrow intersection... Obviously I go to avoid it end up scraping the curb. No body damage obviously, but chipped tires and gauged right side rims. Oh yeah, the tires on that side are no longer aligned perfectly with the rim. The University Police were assholes of course and simply said "you didn't hit the bus, not their fault" and the lady at the bus center just basically told me to eff off. But either way, turns out each rim on an LTZ cost $534 and those michelin tires are $220 a pop.
 

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...you can get the Michelins a lot cheaper than that, but (sadly) not the 18" LTZ wheels (GM only).
 

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...it's an cast alloy wheel, not steel.
 

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$328 on GMPartsDirect....shipping may be a pain tho....


Description Year MSRP Price Your Price:

pzv 2011 $534.39 $327.90

 

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I agree. Take them to a repair shop and they'll fix em for $100 - $150. Drive a little more defensively. :)
 

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So the damage on the tires is the main thing and they need to be replaced. The rims arent badly damaged just grooved but appearance wise its barely noticeable. My main concern is will the alloy rims rust if I leave them be and don't replace them. I live in a very snowy climate. Anyone have experience with Wheel Repairs? How well are the wheel repair specialists???
 

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no the alloy wheels won't rust, they are aluminum.

closest i've had to any experience with working alloy wheels was this little experiment i did on my X5's wheels. I HATED the BMW silver they painted them with from the factory. Soo after a little soda blasting and about 160 hrs of hand sanding, buffing and polishing (total for all 4 wheels). This was the outcome.. I was able to fix a couple rashes that they had from the previous owner, but thats about it. BTW these are 20" wheels and are a serious handful to handle.. fun experiment. Won't do it again

after the soda blasting


this was a lot bigger project than i imagined when i started


up close of the finished wheel.. got to love wet sanding at 2500 grit.. mmm mirrors..


What they looked like back on my X5
 

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That's why I bought the 2LT instead of the LTZ. Although the LTZ tires look nice and perform well they cost nearly double what the 60 series do. I was also told they are not much good in the snow either. The owners manual also says the low profile tire wear much faster.
 

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Definitely go to a wheel repair shop! Once it is fixed. Forget it! Depending on your mileage on the car(under @10K), if the tire needs replacing(not just cosmetic) replace with the same as what is on the car. I had the same dilemma when I hit a fire hydrant. Bent a wheel and ripped a hole in the sidewall of the tire. A Goodyear store was nearby and I was at work. With 3000 miles on the car I opted to drive on my spare(yea I got one of those) and find a Firestone store to have matching tires. I didn't want 3 Firestones and 1 Goodyear. I did not have a choice on buying a tire or wheel. If you do (because of cosmetic damage) fix the wheel and forget the tire.
 

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This is the wheel from a 2011 Camaro SS that I sold to one of the Indiana Pacers and it was repaired after the accident and looks absolutely brand new. The cost was somewhere around $200.

 
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