Driving down the highway and hitting something big and heavy that fell off of a truck. I don't know what it was for sure but it bent a wheel. Not a cheesy steel wheel. One of my BIG 18x9.5 inchers. Bent it good, so much so it was rubbing the brake dust shields and suspension arm.
I have no idea what truck it fell off of. All I know is I was driving down the highway, following the dude in front of me about 5-6 car lengths back and cruising at 70 MPH. We are going around a bend and I see the dude in front nail his brakes hard in to this dust/smoke cloud in front of him. His car hops and I'm on the brakes hard already too and this thing comes out from under his car. I could barely see it from the dust and tire smoke. I cut the wheel to the left to try and avoid it and my right front tire nailed it, hard. The whole truck shook. I regained my composure and pulled over. Checked everything out and there was dust all over the front and down the right side. Looked and smelled like concrete, can't really be sure. By now the truck is long gone and the guy in front of me kept going too.
Well I figured I'd go see if I can catch up to him and either tell him he's dropping stuff of report it to the police. I get back in, start to pull away, get to about 30 MPH and clunkaclunkaclunka. I pull over, hit the brakes again and GRIIIIIIND. WTF!
So I pull the wheel off on the side of the road and sure enough, bent and flat spotted.
New wheel? $253 shipped. Ouch. Hopefully the tire is OK. If not, hopefully the tire place honors their road hazard warranty. If they don't do that, add $260 plus $15 mounting and balancing to that total. Ouch again. I could report it to insurance but they will only pay $13 due to my deductible. I wish I could find the dude that dropped that sack. I'd like a new wheel and tire for my truck.