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#1 (permalink) Old 12-07-2005, 09:18 AM
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Question Wheel weights placement: Inside or outside of wheel?

I had asked the firestone dealer, when I got my new tires for my X-Runner, to put the weights on the inside so they couldn't be seen. But they said that method of balancing was not as good as placing them on the outside. I don't like the looks of them on the outside, but I would keep them there if there is any validity to their statement of it being better to place them on the outside vs. inside. What say you all on this?

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Re: Wheel weights placement

From my experience the only true balance you get is putting them on inside and outside,I have tried just doing the inside an it usally does not work well at the higher speeds(around 60 or more) that is even with the stick on type weights and the other style.You might be able to find a shop that does high speed balancing that can get it right but the average tire place only spin the tire about 30 to40 mph to balance a tire/rim,but we have a store called Tru balance and they do high speed balancing(their machine spins faster) Just my .02 cents.
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Re: Wheel weights placement

i had my wheels static balanced (stick on weights on the inside) at a car shop by me, and they did them for 75 mph.

too bad those were for my old taco.
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Re: Wheel weights placement

It can be done well with the stick on right up behind the spokes and the standard weights on the flange on the inside.
had no problems with mine, but I also had them road force balanced.


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Re: Wheel weights placement

Here is another option, I have heard nothing but good things about them from people on this forum. http://www.innovativebalancing.com/
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That's a very interesting product. I am going to read up on that a lot. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Re: Wheel weights placement

Ok, so i work at a tire shop.. I balance all day every day... The best balance for what you are looking for is called an Aluminum 1 balance... The weights are placed on the inner lip of the wheel with a standard clip on weight and then on the outer most inside portion of the wheel with a tape-a-weight... It's a perfect balance, its how i have my wheels and do MANY vehicles like this on a daily basis.. If it's any consolation 350Z's and many other "performance" cars come with this balance from the factory
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Re: Wheel weights placement

Is this type of balance something I can get at any shop, or is it a specialty job?

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Is this type of balance something I can get at any shop, or is it a specialty job?
I work for americas tire company, our sister company is Discount Tire Company, they should have quite a few stores in Texas, and its something all shops should know about.. If not, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!! Make sure they do a dynamic balance, not a static.. Static is only one weight.. Dynamic is 2 weights
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Re: Wheel weights placement

I work at a custom car and truck shop and have worked in dealerships. If someone knows what they are doing and has a decent balancer you can use all inside weights. One cip on and one stick on is what I usually go with if I can.
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