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      08-24-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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Question Hairline Cracks on CCW C14...

I was cleaning my wheels yesterday and found cracks on two of my forged CCW's. I bought them new April 2010. Driven at most 15k miles. Is this normal?

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      08-24-2012, 09:49 AM   #2
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No, not normal. I'd contact them. At least one of those is more than just a hairline.

FWIW, this is why I don't like black wheels on competition cars, it's a bastard to find anything unless you're doing something like cleaning your wheels. The shiny and silver wheels are easier because brake dust collects in the cracks and shows you some contrast, I've found more than one crack just walking past a car with lighter wheels on it. And of course they never start in the easy-to-find places, they always seem to crop up on the inside of the spokes first like yours so anything you can do to help yourself is a benefit.
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Those are done for. Looks like stress caused those.
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Its not always whats on the surface that causes failuers. Surface cracks and internal fracturing both are contributors to failures. I def would take them off until they can be x-rayed.
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      08-24-2012, 10:09 AM   #5
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that sux. CCW are known to b e very sturdy. All track miles?
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      08-24-2012, 10:19 AM   #6
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CCW is a great company. I'd let them chime in and see what they say.
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bump

any info from CCW?
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      08-26-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
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Sorry to see that Richard. CCW better step up.
I've seen wheels literally come off the barrel at that location.

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I had CCW C14's on my old car, used them for 1.5 years and with over 20 HPDE days without issues.

CCW is a great company, you should contact them.
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      08-26-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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If you haven't already, get those off the car. Those are extremely serious cracks - consider yourself lucky you found them.
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      08-27-2012, 12:52 AM   #12
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That´s why we have TÜV and BBS in Germany
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wow we have several local customer running that wheel setup and that is scary, thanks for the post and will let our customers know to check there wheels
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No, not normal. I'd contact them. At least one of those is more than just a hairline.

FWIW, this is why I don't like black wheels on competition cars, it's a bastard to find anything unless you're doing something like cleaning your wheels. The shiny and silver wheels are easier because brake dust collects in the cracks and shows you some contrast, I've found more than one crack just walking past a car with lighter wheels on it. And of course they never start in the easy-to-find places, they always seem to crop up on the inside of the spokes first like yours so anything you can do to help yourself is a benefit.
Good info. I have black track wheels because I'm lazy and don't have to clean my wheels as much. That will change!
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Ive never been a fan of CCW ever since my cousin ordered a set and they sent spacers with them. how are they custom wheels if they come with spacers?

everyone has their own outlook on companies and by no means am i saying they are a bad company, I'm just adding my experience with them.

Good luck with them and hopefully they help you out.
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Update: I talked to the owner of CCW and he told me that the cracks I have on my wheels are not normal. He will be making me a new set and I will try them out.
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Update: I talked to the owner of CCW and he told me that the cracks I have on my wheels are not normal. He will be making me a new set and I will try them out.
Glad to hear they took care of you right away. Did they give any reason or cause for why they think this happened?
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Will be very interested in what the corrective action is beyond sending out a new set. I've seen these stand up to a lot worse punishment than yours, granted the ones I see at the racetrack are usually 3pc
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Update: I talked to the owner of CCW and he told me that the cracks I have on my wheels are not normal. He will be making me a new set and I will try them out.
Glad you found the cracks. Of those miles the CCWs have seen, how many track days does that represent? Are you on the track curbs fairly often? (I certainly am, but just wondering if you use them as well.) It's my understanding that race teams have to repair or replace wheels fairly often, even high-quality ones. Based on reading your posts for the last couple of years, I get the sense that you track fairly often. Could this just be the eventual endpoint for all wheels in the track setting, some failing sooner than others?

I check my tires for wear before and after track sessions, but not my wheels. That probably needs to change now. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Update: I talked to the owner of CCW and he told me that the cracks I have on my wheels are not normal. He will be making me a new set and I will try them out.
Good to know they stand by their product!
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Great customer service by CCW. I know a bunch of people who are running them locally and swear by them. Now I can see why.
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Just my little input, but CCW has been the only US made wheel company that I have had a pleasent experience with.... Plus they meet their deadlines on wheel shipments. If they made any of their 3 piece wheels in 19's, I would buy them. I've had a full convo with them about this and their reasons to not go larger than 18 makes sense.
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