2008 Pajero LWB 3.2l DiD Cracked Rim

Tony M
Vehicle: 2008 Pajero GLS LWB
Country: South Africa
Location: Cape Town
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2008 Pajero LWB 3.2l DiD Cracked Rim

Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:43 pm

When I purchased my second hand Pajero just over a year ago one of the first things that I had done was wheel alignment and balancing. During wheel balancing they found one wheel rim was damaged but wanted an exorbitant fee to have it fixed so I had them swap the rim for the spare tyre's one.
Fast forward I recently had my tyres rotated and rebalanced at a different facility which also quoted me a more realistic figure for the repair of the rim. When I went to pick up the rim the company told me that the rim could not be repaired because there was a hairline crack from one side to the other. To top it all, someone at some stage had tried to repair the rim using metallised epoxy cement. :roll:
Any idea how one can manage to damage a wheel rim so badly? :shock: :shock:

As I mentioned, the damaged wheel was in use on the car for a few weeks before the problem was found. Apart from some possible steering vibration there didn't seem to be anything wrong with it (no loss of pressure that I remember - and certainly no loss as the spare). So it's back on the Paj as a spare but I'm contemplating finding a replacement. However at R11,180 excl VAT from Mitsubishi :cry: perhaps a second hand one might suffice - although buying from a breaker's yard one is not guaranteed to get one that is in good conditions/without problems. The Paj's Suspension seems fine also although there is sometimes a slight 'knock' when turning to the left (agent's say it's to do with a worn steering coupling bolt/hole in the steering 'collapsing mechanism' should a front end collision take place.)

I should hasten to add that the vehicle was purchased for long distance travel and/or use on dirt/gravel roads or sand - not 'rock climbing'.

Any advice would be appreciated.
TIA
Morsjors
Vehicle: Nissan
Country: RSA
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Re: 2008 Pajero LWB 3.2l DiD Cracked Rim

Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:35 am

I would phone around and find out from breakers if they have what you are looking for. Go have look before you buy or buy from a reputable second hand dealer. The one I know of in Pretoria will even courier it to you and they will also give you an honest assessment of the product for your peace of mind. Paying almost R12k for a replacement is crazy. You can buy a brand new top of the range after market set for that price. I hope you come right in your search.
Tony M
Vehicle: 2008 Pajero GLS LWB
Country: South Africa
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:06 pm

Re: 2008 Pajero LWB 3.2l DiD Cracked Rim

Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:41 pm

Thanks for the reply Morsjors!
Have just sent a picture to a local breakers yard (Moto Truck and Bakkie Kraaifontein).
Will see what they say.
Good point about buying a new set for the price of one from the dealers :!: :shock:

Just received a reply - only 16" available. (Very quick response < 5 minutes).
DU59
Vehicle: Pajero DID 3.2 LWB
Country: South Africa
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:03 am

Re: 2008 Pajero LWB 3.2l DiD Cracked Rim

Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:58 pm

I have 5 rims in very good condition for sale for R 6000.00. I fitted after market rims to my 2008 LWB.

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