Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Cave Creek, AZ to Fayetteville, AR, back to Scottsdale, AZ
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I get what you are saying, the area that the powder coat is cracked looks as if the wheel took a hit not from the side, but from the tire face from too low of pressure (I run 13 lbs when crawling) Now it's hard to make it out in the picture, but there is a piece of the outermost flange that is gouged out (not broken off) as if there was a side hit that pushed the flange inward and thus bent the rim enough to crack the paint.
No high-speed running.
The reason I'm considering bead locks is that if you were to see the rest of this wheel and the 3 others, I've got a LOT of rock rash on the flange - hardly any part that has not been gouged. Haven't lost a bead (thanks to good sidewalls on the Nitto's, not running too low PSI when crawling, and being easy on the skinny pedal) but if I had bead locks, the ring would be the sacrifice and easier to replace than a whole wheel.
Could have repaired, but for $225 (not the cheapest wheels around) I can get a new replacement that I could trust (to LeighP's point)