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    Default Wheel weight location on alloy wheels

    The stock 15" alloy wheels that came with my 1989 535i have wheel weights attached by clips to the lip of the outer wheel flange as does the "new" 16" wheels I just got. I was told by a retail tire seller that this is common. I have recently seen a thread that attaching the weights on the "inside" is the way to do this.
    By this I assume they mean attaching the weight to the inside flange lip on the hub side of the wheel?

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    Jim

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    yes but to balance them correctly they should do the normal balance and put stick on weights as close as they can to the front of the wheels so that you cant see it from the front. If they just static balance them on the back lip you will most likely have vibration issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMI
    The stock 15" alloy wheels that came with my 1989 535i have wheel weights attached by clips to the lip of the outer wheel flange as does the "new" 16" wheels I just got. I was told by a retail tire seller that this is common. I have recently seen a thread that attaching the weights on the "inside" is the way to do this.
    By this I assume they mean attaching the weight to the inside flange lip on the hub side of the wheel?

    Thanks

    Jim
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    Any tire guy that puts weights on the outside dish of a wheel needs to be killed. **** their lives and rot in hell.
    Atlanta, GA/Bloomington, IN, USA

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    Wow that's harsh! 99.5% of the public does'nt care about ashthetics, all they care about is a smooth ride. As a "tire guy" I try on most stock applications to use a tape weight when applicable. Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruabel2
    Wow that's harsh! 99.5% of the public does'nt care about ashthetics, all they care about is a smooth ride. As a "tire guy" I try on most stock applications to use a tape weight when applicable. Just my 2 cents.
    haha

    If you put wheel weights on the polished lips of my Style 5s I would kick your ass. Or make the tire store pay for refinishing. Not joking.
    Atlanta, GA/Bloomington, IN, USA

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    as you can see at about 7:00 on my e30s front theres the weights i installed when i assembled my wheels/tires, don't come by my shop for balancing because if theres a suitable lip to put them weights are going on both sides of the wheel, or i am not ****ing doing it, static balancing sucks compared to dual plane, anything else is a compromise

    Quote Originally Posted by Denton
    Any tire guy that puts weights on the outside dish of a wheel needs to be killed. **** their lives and rot in hell.
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    If you've ever observed a wheel balance being carried out, you will note that the machine records the 'out of balance' weights for both inner and outer rims. The best possible balance is achieved by placing the correct adjusting weight as close as possible to the outer edge of the rim. Most tyre fitters will use stick-on weights on the rim as close as possible to the outer edge, behind the spokes, but will avoid putting them on polished rims because people tend to get a bit pissed at having little lumps of grey stuff stuck on their sexy rims. But it is a compromise on achieving the best possible balance, especially with deep dish rims.
    June 88 535iA, 173,000 km; Sep 00 735i 170,000 km

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    wheel weights on the outside of a wheel = corrosion in my climate.
    Last edited by repenttokyo; 04-27-2007 at 09:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winfred
    as you can see at about 7:00 on my e30s front theres the weights i installed when i assembled my wheels/tires, don't come by my shop for balancing because if theres a suitable lip to put them weights are going on both sides of the wheel, or i am not ****ing doing it, static balancing sucks compared to dual plane, anything else is a compromise
    haha

    I'll be sure not to come for wheel balancing. All of that stuff is done at a highline tire shop, not Firestone, etc. I know it's harder and waaay longer but don't care.

    I'll pay extra so I don't have to refinish a wheel.
    Atlanta, GA/Bloomington, IN, USA

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