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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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tire balancing..

so yesterday i picked up my new bfg all terrains, i got them at active green and ross cause they price matched another store that had em on sale. anyways they said they couldn't balance them due to there size (32"). is this normal? i told them as long as they are reasonably close its fine. but looking at them there are 0 weights at all and above 80 its unbearable to drive.

just wondering if i should be asking for some money back to get them balanced elsewhere or am i stuck with the wobble?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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also, when i went on a test drive, according to my gps, the speedo is still accurate... overall tire diameter is up 2", i went up to 100km/h and still bang on. does ford ship trucks without 100% accurate speedo's?
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Not sure about the speedo thing but you should get your money back for the balancing. I have had super swampers (couple different sets) balanced better than that. The ones on my 350 now are 34" tall and they only shake a little at 65km/r and 120km/r, other than that they are pretty smooth. (and loud )

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ya i'm gonna give them a call tomorrow and see what they say about a partial refund to get them balanced elsewhere, national 4x4 says there shouldn't be a problem balancing a 32" tire.
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Better get them balanced right before you mess up your tires. I drove with bent rims and bran new BFG KM2's on the F250 and when I finally got to get new rims I still have a wobble because I think from putting too many km's on bent rims messed up the tires, now even balanced I get a shake PITA.

You need to find a good tire shop or heavy mechanic shop that deal with large tires they will have the big balancers. Ask around before you make the appointment, try to get your money back but good luck with that one

For the speedo I heard before that they are usually 1-2km's off from factory but don't quote me on that.


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there machine may have the hood saftey attachment that fits over the tires it may not close so the machine wont work... its easy to bypass and alot of shops do to do my 22's they had to....sounds like there just lazy or inexperience on the tire installs..... get some $$ back and find a decent shop to balence them... if left unchecked can cause alot of problems.....wheel bearings...not to mention loss of control and a wreck
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I really don't think the tire height is the issue, just a bad shop. IMO The shop I took my first set (34") of swampers to usually did cars (I worked across the street from them) and they never even mentioned the tires height. They even put that hood over them.

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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well.. how they explained it to me, its like they had it on the machine and simply couldn't get the tires balanced enough, or some such. but there isn't a single mark or anything indicating a weight was added anywhere on any rims. i think its just lazyness or inexperience... i know all the negatives of unbalanced wheels though :p


i'd like to check out blackstock sometime for the experience, but for this they are much to far away to drive with unbalanced wheels :P national 4x4 is much closer and they said they can do the job no problem.
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well got them balanced today at my local shop. the owner/head mechanic did it himself and said active green & ross is full of it saying they couldn't balance them lol.
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