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Wanted 6x13" 26R Magnesium wheels

PostPost by: 4545colin » Mon Jun 24, 2024 7:41 am

Looking for 6x13" 26R magnesium wheels for a current S1 GTS project?
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Tue Jun 25, 2024 10:31 am

Kelsport, TTR are obvious suppliers. I’d think twice about used mag rims personally.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Tue Jun 25, 2024 12:19 pm

vstibbard wrote:I’d think twice about used mag rims personally.


would you elaborate ?
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PostPost by: 4545colin » Tue Jun 25, 2024 12:50 pm

Sorry forgot to say primaraly for circuit racing, good used ok too.
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PostPost by: TWebb » Tue Jun 25, 2024 1:55 pm

I believe the concern is mag wheels can corrode from the inside without visible indications. The wheel can appear perfectly fine but may have flaws.

Like anything you buy used, the new owner needs to be sure of what they are buying.

I'd love to have a set or two of mag wheel for my race Elan, but the cost of new is prohibitive for my budget. I went with racing Panasports.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Wed Jun 26, 2024 3:13 am

New wheels available from two providers mentioned
Magnesium is brittle and ages. I’d not use wheels with unknown history, especially if for race car. A normal alloy wheel less or no magnesium content is less fragile and bend rather than cracking
Both above providers can supply mag or alloy versions of the wheel.
I periodically have my magnesium race wheels tested for cracks.
Hope this helps.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Jun 28, 2024 2:34 pm

vstibbard wrote:I periodically have my magnesium race wheels tested for cracks.

I suppose you're having them magnafluxed (rather than Xrayed):did you ever have some defect detected, or even experienced a catastrophic failure (if so would you comment on the circumstances: e.g. on a impact stress like a curb or out of the blue, would there be warnings like not holding pressure ...)? thank you (ps: I do have some used magnesium wheels and am trying to devise the best use I can have for them)
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