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Old 11-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Tire balancing weights

Put six new tires on the rear (tandem & tag) recently. When I started to clean the rims I noticed the outside aluminum rims had stick on weights that look horrible. After crawling around the rear tires and using a flashlight I noticed standard weights hammered on the edge of the steel rims on the inside tandem.

Were these people taking the easy way out of balancing the tires on aluminum rims or is that the best way to get a tire in balance using a spin balancer?


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Old 11-01-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
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Stick ons or clip ons don't balance differently. Same weight, same place. The difference is that steel rims don't take damage from clip on weights while the aluminum gets gouged both by the weight and the pliers taking them off.

It's far easier to use clip weights as you have to clean the area for stick ons. You can request clipons next time, they may want you to sign off on damage though.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:35 AM   #3
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As mentioned stick on weights are the standard used on Aluminum or other alloy rims. We have had 4 cars over the last several years with aluminum wheels. All were balanced with the stick on weights. In some cases the profile of the rim wouldn't allow the use of clamp on weights and on others they would have damaged the rim.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
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Tire Balancing weights

Clampon weights will not stay on Alum rims very well. The lip is too thick.
We tried them on our over the road trucks for a while, then went back to stickons.
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