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SweetLou

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Posted: 03/26/21 03:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are buying new LT tires, no matter the brand, what would be the Max amount of weight to balance would you accept before you would say give me a different tire?


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Posted: 03/26/21 03:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I dunno, I've never checked them. I guess I just figure the guys doing their job know what they're doing. I supposed if it got to half-pound, I might be concerned, but then again, I'm not in there when they're balancing.


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fj12ryder wrote:

I dunno, I've never checked them. I guess I just figure the guys doing their job know what they're doing. I supposed if it got to half-pound, I might be concerned, but then again, I'm not in there when they're balancing.

I am about to buy new shoes for my DW, and I looked at one of my old ones still on there and saw the amount of weight they put when I last rotated the tires and I was shocked. So, it made me wonder about new tires. Old ones may have worn poorly to explain it, but if I saw that on new tires I would wonder why its not round

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Not so much not round, but not evenly manufactured. Still round, but the weight isn't evenly distributed. Good quality tires seem to be better than the lesser quality tires, but no guarantees.

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Last time I bought new tires the left front had 4 weights hanging on it

The other 3 had 1 or 1/2 weights to balance

I told the manger ---remove that tire from my truck
Rotate the tire on the rim and re-balance ---I am NOT leaving here with that much weight hanging on a new tire,
And it rotating the tire on the rim doesn't do it....get another tire

After rotating the tire 180* it took 1 weight to balance


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Industry Standards allows for 1% of total weight to balance which can be up to 3.75 oz (15...1/4 oz weights)


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not sure about LT tires, but at discount tire I had a never balanced trailer tire set I asked them to balance. One they said, NOPE we won't balance it , takes to much weight. So back to the dealer and got a new tire out of the deal.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Rotate the tire on the rim and re-balance ---I am NOT leaving here with that much weight hanging on a new tire,
And it rotating the tire on the rim doesn't do it....get another tire

After rotating the tire 180* it took 1 weight to balance
If the installer knows his stuff he will line up the tire using the dots from the start.

https://www.tires-easy.com/blog/what-are-the-red-and-yellow-dots-on-my-tires/


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time2roll wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Rotate the tire on the rim and re-balance ---I am NOT leaving here with that much weight hanging on a new tire,
And it rotating the tire on the rim doesn't do it....get another tire

After rotating the tire 180* it took 1 weight to balance
If the installer knows his stuff he will line up the tire using the dots from the start.

https://www.tires-easy.com/blog/what-are-the-red-and-yellow-dots-on-my-tires/
That is what I thought as well. I've had to tell the person mounting the tires to line up the dots before. Good tire person will know ths.

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colliehauler wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Rotate the tire on the rim and re-balance ---I am NOT leaving here with that much weight hanging on a new tire,
And it rotating the tire on the rim doesn't do it....get another tire

After rotating the tire 180* it took 1 weight to balance
If the installer knows his stuff he will line up the tire using the dots from the start.

https://www.tires-easy.com/blog/what-are-the-red-and-yellow-dots-on-my-tires/
That is what I thought as well. I've had to tell the person mounting the tires to line up the dots before. Good tire person will know this.


Ah ..... Mmmmmmm ..... Not exactly.

First, there is no standard as to what the dots on tires mean - or even if there need to be dots.

Further, the valve stem hole in a wheel is almost always punched in a random location. The only other potential mark is a center punch mark, but it is rarely used and it's hard to find even when it is used.

Ergo, matching dots on tires with anything on the wheels is almost always random matching - so why do it? (Note: It doesn't do any harm, but the average tire buster will quickly learn it's a waste of time and effort.)


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Dunno about auto/truck tires, but motorcycle tires have a dot for mounting, but some companies say put the dot at the valve stem, and other companies say put the dot opposite the valve stem. Plus the valve stem isn't necessarily the heaviest point on the wheel. Only way to be sure is to balance the wheel minus the tire. I don't think that's going to happen. I do it, but that's just me.

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