7 Machine
Home / Kawasaki

Wheel Holes!

poolege2010-08-11 20:37:41 +0000 #1
When I had my stock wheels I was stuck in a deep whole and when I was pulled out both my rear tires were flat. After inspecting everything I realized I had holes in the inside of both my rear wheels. Now I have STI ST40's and now I have a hole in one of those.

I'm guessing the spinning wheel pulls in rocks and they get wedge between the wheel an hub which causes them to puncture the wheel. My stock wheels put up a fight, they dented quite a bit before puncturing. My buddy welded the holes up and all was well. My STI wheel just cracked about an inch in 3 places. I would have thought they would have been a little tougher than stock.

I was just curious if more people have had this problem or is this a freak thing. I mean it has happened to three different wheels in two separate mud holes 25 miles apart. I did a search and didn't see where it had been mentioned here before. Is my luck just that bad?

Thanks,

George


Polaris4252010-08-11 20:42:11 +0000 #2
Thats odd... Never heard of them doing that, heard of them cracking b/c of it just being a faulty wheel from the factory, I'd call the place you got them and see about warrenty, I would think STI should replace them.
poolege2010-08-11 21:13:26 +0000 #3
I called mudthrowers and the lady said she would check on the warranty. I can understand a puncture hole but these actually had 2 inch long cracks and 4 more small cracks. If they won't warranty them I guess I'll just fix them the best I can and see how it goes.

Thanks,

George
joemel2010-08-11 21:23:01 +0000 #4
sounds like a faulty wheel to me ive never had that happen on a foctory wheel
poolege2010-08-11 21:23:46 +0000 #5
Happened on both rear factory wheels and now one aftermarket wheel. The factory wheels were in a hole on a pipeline where we had reached the quartz the pipeline had put down. I probably pulled 40 plus pieces of quartz out of my skids. The STI wheel was in a thick mud hole. I never saw any rocks in that hole and it wasn't on a pipeline. hopefully they will send me a new wheel. I haven't had much luck with one of my zillas either. I have 3 plugs in one tire after 2 months. The rest are fine. It's on the opposite side of the rear than the STI wheel issue.

Thanks,

George
Polaris4252010-08-11 22:06:11 +0000 #6
wow... ya'll must ride some really rough terrain.
poolege2010-08-11 21:17:28 +0000 #7
Not at all. Nothing like the videos on here. Mostly trails with some mud holes in creeks here and there.

The lady at mudthrowers basically said the STI wheels have no warranty. The ITP wheels do but not STI. Funny cause ITP used to make this same wheel. B.S. if you ask me. Lesson learned: DON'T BUY STI WHEELS!!! THEY ARE WEAK CRAP!!! Well I hope my buddy can weld my cola can wheel up so it will last at least a little while.

Thanks,

George
Polaris4252010-08-11 23:36:26 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by poolege

Not at all. Nothing like the videos on here. Mostly trails with some mud holes in creeks here and there.

The lady at mudthrowers basically said the STI wheels have no warranty. The ITP wheels do but not STI. Funny cause ITP used to make this same wheel. B.S. if you ask me. Lesson learned: DON'T BUY STI WHEELS!!! THEY ARE WEAK CRAP!!! Well I hope my buddy can weld my cola can wheel up so it will last at least a little while.

Thanks,

George

I had STI slashers on the brute and beat them pretty good, w/o any problems... seems as though you just got a crappy pair, but, that 1 pair doesnt not speak for all of their products.
poolege2010-08-11 22:25:26 +0000 #9
I've got at least one defective wheel. Doesn't matter much to me how good a product is if the company won't stand behind it. I'm going to email STI but I'm not expecting any miracles. 99% of there products might be awesome but if they refuse to make good on the 1% that slipped through the cracks they will not get another dime of my $$$. I purchased these wheels because they looked more rugged than the more flashy wheels. My bad. I'll let you guys know what STI has to say.

Thanks,

George
SquirrelBait2010-08-12 00:05:56 +0000 #10
I had a rock that got stuck wheel on my rzr it broke my brake cal., wheel hub and cracked my wheel. Like to never got it the 3 miles back to camp. Cost me over 500$ to fix it.
poolege2010-08-11 21:11:53 +0000 #11
The front rotors were bent to heck when I was stuck in the mud hole that damaged my stock rear wheels. That quartz is some nasty stuff. Scratched my calipers up pretty good to.

Reply

Name:
Content:


Other posts in this category