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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 09, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel weights

like most of you i am running custom chrome wheels. i have always used stick on weights on everything because i think they look better. but i took my car to get balanced recently and the shop stacked stick on weights on top of each other. they are all new so its not like they put them on the old ones. just wondering if this is a common thing? also, which weights do you guys prefer? stick on or hammer on?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 09, 03:40 AM
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Re: wheel weights

Maybe the shop did not have thicker stick-on's. therefore, doubling up.
With advanced adhesive technology, stick-on's are the way to go.
If more than 3 oz. were used, could be an out of round tire.

But in the end, it is the experience of the balancer himself and the equipment being used.

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Re: Wheel weights

If new tires on old wheels all the weighte should be removed.I think even a rebalence the old weights should be removed.To stack I have never seen this this doesn't seem correct to me....

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Re: Wheel weights

I've NEVER seen them stacked. I prefer hammer-on on the backside if there is the lip to hold it. Tires can be balanced from just the rear. Here's a tip if you can get the tire guys to do it. If you have a really heavy spot as apparently you do,deflate the tire and move it 180 degrees on the rim and rebalance. If they still have trouble go to another tire shop. Some electronic balancers are better than others and some are better maintained than others. The really old school way was using a bubble balancer and they work just great if you knew how to do it. Using a bubble balancer you basically found the heavy spot and then took identical weights moving equidistant from the heavy spot until balanced using heavier weights as needed.
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Re: Wheel weights

Find someone who has a road force balancer, it will cost more, but you will have less weights on your rim and have a tire/rim that is balanced perfect. If you have a bad rim or tire the machine will let the tech know.

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If you have a really heavy spot as apparently you do,deflate the tire and move it 180 degrees on the rim and rebalance. If they still have trouble go to another tire shop.
If a tyre fitter knows what he is doing thats what he will do
And there is no need to have weights on the outside..a good experianced guy will get them balanced with stickons on the inside of the hub....just got to be carefull they clear the calapers.

The practice of sticking on 2 layers is for the shopping car, not clasic cars.

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