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      08-31-2010, 04:17 PM   #23
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..The wheels were taken apart and painted/powdercoated, which might have severed the integrity of the material as well as the construction...
i am thinking they will discover that the wheels were damaged due to powder coating at a high temp thus causing them to undergo the process of annealing. if they do cover the damages i think its absurd. well, if what i suspect is correct.

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      08-31-2010, 09:23 PM   #24
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I think it is great that they are actually taking charge of the situation, but I dont buy the powdercoat theory.

These wheels were black when sold originally by Klassen. The only thing that was altered were the lips. The lips sustained no breaks. The break was around the hub which was never altered after Klassen produced them. I cant imagine removing the lip can damage the center...

Either way this can happen to ANY wheel so it is nice to see that they (Klassen) has stepped up to the plate.
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      08-31-2010, 11:32 PM   #25
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were the centers powdercoated or painted? If they were painted, I don't see how that can possibly compromise the structural integrity of the wheels... Powdercoating, well that is a different story. Quite scary actually... it is making me worry about powdercoating my wheels!
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I've seen many bent wheels... but never a fractured wheel.

The scary part is that there does not seem to be much deformation (bending) at all. The spokes seem to have just fractured all of a sudden. My suspicion is that cracks caused by fatigue probably developed around the area of failure.

Of course, this is just my speculation. Look forward to hearing about the actual cause of failure.
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Whoa! Was there impact to the wheel?
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Are these wheels cast or forged?
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I know many people with Klassen wheels and they are VERY aggressive drivers. Haven't seen any problems to date. Many things could contribute to this mishap. Powder coating or anodizing could weaken the structural integrity of the metal if done too many times. Also, if the bolts were wrongly seated or slightly loose, it creates ALOT of stress on the center of the wheel. So many variables. Let' see what happens after inspection, but Klassen (T6061 aluminum) from my experience is a stand up quality company.
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WOW! Never seen a wheel break like that before.
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WOW! I, myself have Klassen wheels too and have gone well over 140mph and I would hit 90-100mph from time to time and never had a single problem with the wheels. That's too good to be true! Hope the matter gets resolve!
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Are these wheels cast or forged?
With the way the wheel broke they clearly look like cast center sections probably with a forged outer hoop. I have seen multiple cast wheels / cast center sections break just like that.
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