Went to the Courteney RR last Saturday. When the car went on the RR I was told the front right wheel was buckled but that it might be that the wheel was on the hub slightly screw wiff. Just been to the tyre centre near me and the wheels definetely buckled. Now theres no damage showing at all to the rim, no flat spot, no gouge, nothing, the tyre no longer sits straight and is also eccentric, bummer. The front left seemed to have a slow puncture so I thought I'd have that fixed as well. Turns out this was also buckled and the rim has come away from the tyre wall enough for it to let air out. Double bummer. This one shows no damage either. By now I was getting paranoid and had the rears checked as well, both of these also showed a slight buckle, quad bummer but still within limits as the tyres are still straight and buckle is barely noticeable. Now I've not hit anything, no kerbs, no potholes, nothing that I can recollect as bad enough to buckle all 4 wheels so why have these alloys buckled. They are Mille Miglia HT3s and they are supposed to be a quality alloy. I've got a price of £320 to replace both the fronts from Demon Tweeks. I've also explored the possibility of having them straightened but have been told that this can weaken them and theres no guarantee that they won't go again.
Nobody else has driven the car except maybe Vauxhall when it went for a service a few weeks ago but I'd asked them not to roadtest the car but whether they did or not I can't say. I couldn't go back to them anyway as my invoice says very clearly that it wasn't to be roadtested and if I went to them and accused them of the damage they would just say that they didn't roadtest it and I couldn't prove they did. I reckon they must have done as the car is quite modded and mechanics being mechanics they would have been very tempted to have taken it out and thrashed it just to see what it could do.
Anyone know where I can get a 5 stud ET40 7Jx18H2 Mille Miglia HT3 rim from that's cheaper than Demon Tweeks? I may have to bite the bullet and replace both the fronts. I'm putting my old 15" OE alloys on tomorrow before the 18" tyres get wrecked driving around out of true.