Outer Inside Edge of Original Stock Aluminum Rim Sheared Off While Driving My '98 Ranger XLT 4x4


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Today I thought I had run over something in road in my Ranger going about 45mph - heard loud clanking sound! Then almost immediately felt the front end vibrating and then I drove back home less than a mile. Went back and found a piece of metal on side of road and thought it may have punctured my tire. Turns out that piece of metal is the 5-6" outer inside edge of my deep dish aluminum rim (body side) that is missing and 40 lbs. of air that I had just put into the tire was coming out fast. I do not recall running over any big object or hitting a curb that may have caused this piece to shear off. I have owned this Ranger since new and is not driven much - 3,000 in last 2 years and 118,500 miles on odometer now. Any thoughts as to what may have caused this rim issue? Also, I just had a new clutch and master cylinder installed last week and had planned to sell it, but now it appears the AC compressor is shot and now this problem. Would like to find an original stock aluminum rim to replace it. Have an ugly steel rim spare under the bed. Any suggestions would be appreciated, as the other rims are in pretty good shape and do not want to replace all four rims, especially if I end up selling it. Do these aluminum rims start falling apart after a number of years and should I be concerned that this may happen to the others. I guess I was lucky that my speed was only 45mph at the time of this incident?
 


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Never heard of that happening. Would be interesting to see pictures of the failed rim.
 


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