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Where to place weights on wheel balancing

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by mercmancdi, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. mercmancdi

    mercmancdi Senior Member

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    sorry if this has been done .
    Got front wheels balanced today and
    only noticed when I came home the weights are on inside of rim but out near front face. Not very pretty looking , can these not be placed
    Near back of rim where you can’t notice them.
     
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    the weights need to as close to each bead of the alloy as possible so unfortunately your stuck with them
     
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    You can on occasion get a tyre fitter to fit weights behind spokes but you'll need more weights and it's a ball a he for the fitter to get right.
     
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    There are behind spokes but very visible , even if they were a few inches further back.
     
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    they are on my 216 and 221 pal , its unsightly but if that where the machine says they need extra weight to balance the wheel out then that where they must go but by all means take it back and see if they can get it to balance with the weights closer to the centre of the alloy
     
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    I had a new pair of rear tyres fitted recently and I asked the fitter to put them on the inside or back of the rims which he happily did. The wheels were balanced perfectly. Wheel weights out of sight. :)
     
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    Sounds like a spot on job.
    Weights are necessary unfortunately, best you can do is paint them to be a close match to the colour of the alloy wheel.
     
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    You can ask the fitter to put the weights at the back or ask for them to be positioned directly behind a spoke to hide them. As said it does take more time to get it right but looks so much better.
     
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    Normal place to put them
     
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    I think where they were needed it would be hard to get behind spoke as they are only 5 spoke wheels.
    that would have worked ok on a multi
    Spoke.
     
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    You just need heavier weights. I guess success depends on how badly out of balance the wheels are to start with.
     
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    Yes it held 5 on outside 2 at rear.
    Pity it couldn’t been done 2 1/2 to 1
    But I guess it doesn’t work like that
     
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    Correct it doesn't. Your correcting weight mismatch on the diametrically opposite side of the wheel not inside to outside.
     
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    Thanks I think I am bit fussy , any how now I have had to order 4 new brake disc and pads , Grub screw in disc are butchered
    So looks like a drill out for one of them.
     
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    Sometimes judicious use of a hammer and cold chisel can yield good results.
    Failing that since you're replacing the disc a Dremel cutting tool or angle grinder can cut a slot across the head for a screwdriver.
     
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    That's what I did
     
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    An impact wrench can be very good for removing the grub screws
     
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    Small punch and hamer removed it sad to say had no new one to replace it ,
    So that’s on a to do list.
     
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    No so pretty 27BFA214-0747-4A8F-8727-225B70D37F1C.jpeg D58E92A7-B1E0-4A70-9860-09E91F3E741B.jpeg Lovely when there new
     
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    Just to say why ,when you buy a pair
    of vented disc are they not handed
    ie vents face into air flow on both disc
    Or is it only on the very most expensive they come like that.
     

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