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Old 10-07-12, 07:27 PM   #1
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I'm utterly convinced that garages deliberately balance wheels such that they shake like 'Shakin Stevens singin' this ol' house' when you get to 75 mph. I think that they do this to discourage people from speeding. All the cars I've driven have wheel wobble at 75.
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I did take mine back once and said they wobble at motorway speeds, to which they said, what do you call motorway speeds... ahem, well... he then continued to say that their equipment is only rated to balance up to 70mph
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Mine wobbled dead on 75, stopped at 80. Was a buckled front wheel but there was no visible damage.
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I find this idea very interesting. Is this really true?
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Old 11-07-12, 08:52 AM   #5
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Most of the time its down to being physically not being able to balance the tyre because its of crap quality. I fit and balance alot of tyres and I know the ones that I'll have a nightmare balancing. Pretty much if you see one of your wheels has more than maybe one to two weights on it, its been grief to balance.
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So dave your saying it is the tyre? Are the premium ones that much easier to balance?
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So dave your saying it is the tyre? Are the premium ones that much easier to balance?

better branded tyres generaly balance better than chaeper ones...
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Nah - I'm using premium michelins - they wobble like a weeble wobbles
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Nah - I'm using premium michelins - they wobble like a weeble wobbles
chances are they are simply not balanced properly....
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The coloured dot is there for a reason , it should be near your valve , how many people fit a tyre and don`t know what its for.

The dots on the sidewalls represent where the valve stem should be placed when mounting tires. Before tires are sent out they're inspected for heavy spots. For a better balance, place that dot exactly where the valve stem is on the rim and you may not have to use weights at all.

If a tire does feature color dots on the sidewall, one or two dots may be used. A red dot indicates the tire's radial runout high point. A yellow dot indicates the tire's point of least weight, from a balance standpoint.

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