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Old 02-27-08, 03:51 PM   #1
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best way to ship wheels?

hey guys, i need to mail some wheels and i'm trying to figure out the most efficient and safe way to mail them without having to spend a lot of money.

the wheels are 17x8's with tires (245/45/17) so i'm guessing they weigh about 30-40 lbs a piece.

anyone have any input on this? how much should i expect to pay?
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Try DHL/UPS, pack 2 boxes and tape them into one box.

Best way really, cheaper to ship that way.

Your looking around $25.00 a wheel, with insurance.

Across the US.
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Old 02-27-08, 04:07 PM   #3
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ok cool i was figuring it would be about 100 bucks... is that the general consensus?
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I just sent out 4 wheels, the wheels were new so is till had the boxes. For a 25lbs box, dimensions 19x19x12 from san francisco to the east coast with insurance it was $27 from DHL, which was about $10 cheaper than ups. But i do have to warn you that the DHL website sucks bad.

I dont think you can send the wheels together, it might weigh too much and the box might be too big to ship.
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Old 02-28-08, 12:53 AM   #5
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I shipped 4 wheels and tires and it cost me 100 bucks roughly at UPS

2 tires per box, and little foam peanuts, not much but enough.

they where 14 inch FB wheels with 205/75/r14
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the wheels are 17x8's with tires (245/45/17) so i'm guessing they weigh about 30-40 lbs a piece.
There's no way in hell they're 30lbs. The tires alone will weigh close to that. A quick look has tire weights of between about 25-29lbs. The lightest 17x8's are in the 15lb range, most are closer to 20lbs, many are more. So you're looking at 40lbs as a bare minimum. I figure 50lbs is a better estimate for their packaged weight. Go for a slightly large estimate and you won't be surprised with an extra large bill when you ship them.
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Who cares, let the man guesstimate.
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hell just take them to a ups store and be done with it.

Are you selling them or have sold them already?
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Well if it's used for determining the shipping price to charge a buyer then it most certainly matters and he'll most certainly care. If the estimate of weight is too light then it'll end up costing him more to ship them, if it's way light then it'll cost quite a bit more, which is generally considered to be bad.
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Old 02-28-08, 09:40 PM   #10
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Just bring the wheel or box to the post office and weigh it. Thats what i usually do. Just add a pound or two for the packaging.
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Actually when I got my race tires delivered they just put a FedEx label right on them, that's all, but with wheels too it's a little different. What I've seen done by mail order companies is to put a piece of cardboard over each face and that's it. The tire protects itself.
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Yeah 25 bucks a wheel i would think so
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I just shipped some FD rims with tires. I could not put two together in a box as I would get charged an overweight fee. I put cardboard on the front of the wheel and taped the hell out of it at the UPS store. They ram me about $23 each.
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best way to send wheels from canada to the USA?
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i shipped 18x9 with 285 on them for all 4 it was around 200 to ship them the weight was around 50 all i did was put a piece of cardboard on the front and back of the wheel.
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I just shipped 4 18" (8.5" & 10") wheels from NJ to SD... They were approx. 50 lbs a piece with the tires. The cheapest I was able to find was $45-50 a piece from USPS. Cost me just shy of $200 to ship all 4 with insurance.

To pack them, I taped thick cardboard over the front and back face of each wheel and left the tire exposed.
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Ive shipped many sets of wheels/tires via UPS. I ship then in sets of 2. Put the wheels with the faces facing eachother with a piece of cardboard in between. Then tape/shrinkwrap the hell out of them taping both wheels together. Ship just like that. I think your $100 for all 4 is a bit low, Id expect at least $150-200 for all 4 depending on where they are going.
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If everyone ships so cheap then why are ******* on zilvia marking their prices up $300 to ship?

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I just shipped some FD rims with tires. I could not put two together in a box as I would get charged an overweight fee. I put cardboard on the front of the wheel and taped the hell out of it at the UPS store. They ram me about $23 each.
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1 word....waterwings yes,those long foam things you can buy anywhere for around $2 a stick,cut them to length,wrap them around perimiter of bare rim on both sides,and tape well , if they fall out of an airplane they may still get damaged,ive also used them to protect around hood that i shipped,their high-density foam and you can cut a slit in them easily with a sharp boxcutter down the length of them
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I know this is an old thread, but bumped recently. As for the cheapest method for wheels/rims, I would venture that Greyhound freight is pretty cheap. I have sent some large items (bumper) with them and the price was good. You just need to see if the buyer has a Greyhound terminal close to him/her.
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I know this is an old thread, but bumped recently. As for the cheapest method for wheels/rims, I would venture that Greyhound freight is pretty cheap. I have sent some large items (bumper) with them and the price was good. You just need to see if the buyer has a Greyhound terminal close to him/her.
Never know you can ship thru. Greyhound. Good to know.
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I know this is an old thread, but bumped recently. As for the cheapest method for wheels/rims, I would venture that Greyhound freight is pretty cheap. I have sent some large items (bumper) with them and the price was good. You just need to see if the buyer has a Greyhound terminal close to him/her.
Thanks for the advice I will be checking into this in the very near future. I have some BBS rims I'm going to be selling and this will help big time
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