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Is it normal with a brand new set of Budnik's to need quite a bit(imo) of balancing weights? I guess I figured with these quality wheels that they would be pretty balanced out of the box. Could it be due to backspacing or tires? What has everyone else experienced?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 03:30 AM
 
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How much did they need?
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I bet the wheels are fine and balanced as well as wheels can be. It's usually the tires that make the need for balancing necessary. What tires are you using?

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I am using BFG KDW's. As far as how much weight, I can't say for sure at the moment(car at shop) but I remember on one wheel seeing about 2-3 ounces in one spot. Just seems high to me. The wheels looked very straight as he was balancing. I will get exact weights on friday and report back maybe with some pics as well. [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]

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I've had good wheel shops balance my wheels and tires and had a large amount of weight be added to one spot to get them to bal. The tech let the air out, pulled the weights off, broke the bead and turned the tire on the rim and started over and it balanced with a lot less weight the second time.

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Find a shop that can do a "road force" balance. That's a wheel balance machine that puts the heaviest part of the tire oposite of the heaviest part of the wheel. Makes for a much better balance with less wieghts being used. I personally don't think the Budniks are the cause. I have them in 18 and 20 inch on my Nomad and they took very little weight to balance (tires are Micilen Pilot Sports). Budnik quality is as good as there is. Good Luck.

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The good Hunter machines will road force.

And I 2nd the Michelin. One of my rear tire/wheels that are 335/30/18 Michelin Pilot Sports mounted on an 18x12 wheel only needed a quarter of an ounce.
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I'll second the tires (or third) The tire is alot less perfect than a wheel (especially a billet). Like dennis said, spin the tire around the bead 180^. Also most new tires will have a green dot on them, this is supposed to line up with the valve stem, very rarely are they set up this way.

Djd also makes a great point... Remove weights before breaking the bead.. My friend was a manager of a large tire shop, he once had a tech that was replacing skins on a 930 Turbo, he removed 3 tires without removing weights before he was stopped, he destroyed the finish on three wheels, quite expensive to say the least...

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