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We have some great wheels—an old set of 15-inch forged Centerlines that aren’t made anymore. They were dull and corroded, and one of them was actually dented (forged wheels dent, cast wheels crack) on the bead lip. And we only had four of them, so making the dented one the spare was not an option. We took them to Magmasters—a wheel polishing and repairing shop in Southern California—and they were able to make our wheels look brand new. The crew there even removed the dent and were able to weld in new material and smooth a few spots we had chunked out. Look for a local wheel repair shop near you, as those masters of metal can do wonders with your old wheels and save you from buying another set.
We’ve had a set of Daystar Stinger bumpstops on one particular vehicle since the Stingers came to market two years ago. And unfortunately, when we set up the truck, there was barely any compression travel before engaging the bumpstop—and that was after we had already added a spacer to the internals of the Stingers to cut the travel of them down to a couple inches. After 12-plus months of abusively beating on them with a fullsize truck, we pulled them out to see what was up. The shafts themselves did not have too much more play in them than when they were new, and the urethane spacers were still good. The high-density foam pucks inside were squashed down more than when they were new, but we expected this since we were basically riding on them for the last couple years.
The best part: Since the little foam pucks inside are replaceable—and Daystar sends extras in the bag so you can tune each bumpstop—we had our bumpstops rebuilt to brand new working condition in about five minutes after removing them.
We still don’t recommend them for a race truck, but they’d be a great choice on a prerunner that you’re trying to keep costs down on since it’s basically two (Stingers) for the price of one (hydraulic bumpstop).