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    As above opinions welcome..

    I am very nsure of this..the motor company i spoke to who will weld one said he would say its 100% safe...they wouldnt do it otherwise!.

    chris

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    Hopefully no one!

    Seems to be a lot of interest in this recently. I have heard plenty of people say that is legal and viable. But as plenty of members state - would you be happy to put potentially your family and other road users at risk?

    Not me

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    not a good idea. welding aluminium alloy is never gonna be as strong as originally cast. steer away

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    not for a second.

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    I actually beg to differ, it you have a jig to mount the wheel, welding a crack and then machining the wheel afterwards is not dangerous.

    Of course it depends on how big a crack is, but small crack's can be safely repaired and should not give any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman View Post
    not a good idea. welding aluminium alloy is never gonna be as strong as originally cast. steer away
    Depends also if it is a cast wheel, or a forged wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    I actually beg to differ, it you have a jig to mount the wheel, welding a crack and then machining the wheel afterwards is not dangerous.

    Of course it depends on how big a crack is, but small crack's can be safely repaired and should not give any problems.

    very small hairline on the inner edge..

    I am in 2 minds about this to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dose View Post
    very small hairline on the inner edge..

    I am in 2 minds about this to be honest.
    If you have a small hair line crack, you will be fine getting it repaired, but it's a case of finding a decent person to do it.

    Your best first to remove all the paint around the crack down the the metal finish and see how bad the crack is.

    Sometimes the crack is only small to the eye, but once the paint is removed the crack can be worse.

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    One of the Discovery programs, think it was Beetle Crisis, showed 4 wheels having numerous cracks welded and ground down, the main issues are getting the 'gunk' out the cracks then finding the end.

    It was being used iirc on a 'drag beetle' so i would say if its done correctly then its fine

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    Not sure if it was Beetle Crisis, but it was the one with the boys at Race Shack
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    to be honest you would need to take it to be NDT'd (non destructive testing)I would say. It would be the only way to be 100% about how big the crack is, with Ali you won't be able to see the whole thing.

    I probablly wouldn't risk it.

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