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Old 11-10-19
Mundy55 Mundy55 is offline
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Default Reasonable tyre balance weights?

Having decided on the tyre brand and type (see low noise A/T thread), the question is now what is a reasonable condition to put on the supplier regarding tyre balance weights for an LT tyre.

My thoughts were no more than 60g per rim and 100g total but is this reasonable? There a lots of war stories about the difficulty of getting some brands properly balanced. I don't want a tyre that whose manufacture has been off a bit such that it needs large balance weights.

Any thoughts or experience?
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You might be hard pressed to get them to agree to those low limits. Remember the wheel may also contribute.

A good tyre fitter will position the tyre correctly on the rim with the red dot next to the valve (this is why the manufacturer puts the dot on the tyre). This should provide the best balance straight up. If it doesn't, a good tyre fitter will then rotate the tyre around the rim, repeating if necessary until the best balance is found.
Unfortunately, most tyres I see don't have the red dot lined up to the valve (even some factory fitted tyres on new cars), so either the fitter has had to rotate it or the fitter doesn't care (or is untrained or ignorant).

I always try to have a discussion with the actual fitter before they fit my tyres - it is worthwhile.
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