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Old 12-15-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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Not really long story short, I brought some Speedline 2118s over to Sears to have tires mounted and balanced. Being 15" wheels there are only nanometers of clearance between the caliper and the rim, so naturally almost all the front weights were knocked off immediately. Some I had to shave to clear the caliper body.

To the mechanics credit, he only had the wheels and tires, though he did know what car they were going on so I thought it would be obvious there would be low clearance and weight placement might be a concern.

Now I know next to nothing about balancing tires besides that the machine tells the tech where to stick the weights. Almost all the techs weights were on the outermost part of the wheel (farthest from the strut) - my question is, does it matter if the weights are on the inside or outside of the wheel, or only where along the rim? I could easily get some more weights and stick them on the innermost part of the rim to clear the caliper if it doesn't matter, but otherwise I would need them to be rebalanced I suppose...?
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:57 PM   #2
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Someone must know..
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:46 PM   #3
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Most balancers can be configured for where you want the weights at. Even the dinosaur I use at work can be set for "inner, outer, middle, or normal (inner and outer). Why can't you use normal clip weights on the inside of the wheels? They won't be seen, and you can get a "fair" balance. With your clearance issues, I would stay away from stick-on weights all together.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:23 PM   #4
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Well I'm not the one doing the balancing, I'd love to learn but don't have access to a machine right now. But that is good info, exactly what I wanted to know.

I guess I'll bring them the wheels and see if they'll re-do them first before anything else.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:00 PM   #5
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yea it doesnt matter where you put it for the most part, and as far as learning how to do it its nothing you literally put the wheel on the machine close the lid and press a button and it tells you where the weight needs to go.
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yea it doesnt matter where you put it for the most part, and as far as learning how to do it its nothing you literally put the wheel on the machine close the lid and press a button and it tells you where the weight needs to go.
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NOT. You wouldn't believe how many mistakes these "cavemen" do with a simple wheel balance. The funniest is when they put weights 180 degrees from each other, lmao. I see this near every time an outside car (I do in-house fleet work) comes in for service. Now a-days, I see bent TPMS stems the most and of course the broken sensors from abuse.

Please don't be a caveman. Learn the art.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:07 PM   #7
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The funniest is when they put weights 180 degrees from each other, lmao.
I've seen this on a wheel I had balanced when I first bought my car. I asked the tech why while completely faced.

Good info guys, thanks again!
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Go to someone with a Roadforce balancer this has split weight tech and you can hide the weights behind the spokes of the wheel and still get a premium balance
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Not really long story short, I brought some Speedline 2118s over to Sears to have tires mounted and balanced. Being 15" wheels there are only nanometers of clearance between the caliper and the rim, so naturally almost all the front weights were knocked off immediately. Some I had to shave to clear the caliper body.

To the mechanics credit, he only had the wheels and tires, though he did know what car they were going on so I thought it would be obvious there would be low clearance and weight placement might be a concern.

Now I know next to nothing about balancing tires besides that the machine tells the tech where to stick the weights. Almost all the techs weights were on the outermost part of the wheel (farthest from the strut) - my question is, does it matter if the weights are on the inside or outside of the wheel, or only where along the rim? I could easily get some more weights and stick them on the innermost part of the rim to clear the caliper if it doesn't matter, but otherwise I would need them to be rebalanced I suppose...?
Hmmm I work at sears auto... Anyway, take them back and ask for them to be rebalanced with a static pound on balance. If they have an inner lip of course.
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