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20" wheel option balance issues.

Just wondering if anyone has had trouble getting balanced after a rotation? I have been experiencing some serious vibration issues in the front end and they started after I had tires rotated. I took the truck back to tire store and had them check it. They rebalanced and it got better but nowhere near as smooth as prior to rotation. Thinking of rotating back. Tire store said might be just such a heavy tire/wheel combination that their machine might be having a hard time getting a true balance. I have the stock 20" option with Michelin LTX AT 275/65R20.

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That is a really big tire/wheel/hub diameter for a normal car/suv balancer. I know ours will barely handle one

it's possible you have a bad tire too that isn't showing up on the balance side.

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are the road force balancing them?
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Find someone to road force balance. I had to turn every one of mine on the wheel to find a happy spot. I have the Continental Cross Contacts. I don't think I am a fan. They are quiet and do well in the rain but they are not as smooth as I think they should be for a street tread tire that cost what they did. I wanted smooth to go along with quiet.

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I will take it in this week to Road force balance. I had to Google that ons as I had never heard of it. Thanks for the suggestions and I'll let you know of this does the trick!

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Price shop it first. My local Ford dealer does Road Force balancing for half what the local tire stores do. Just because it may have discount in the name doesn't mean that is what you will get

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Might be bad tires, I have same tires and at 6000 miles I noticed that they were wearing bad. Also have had a very light vibration since truck was new. Just take a good look and see if your tires are flat or cupping.
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I think I agree with others on other threads. These Michelins are POS's (IMO). I had a tire shop replace all four of my OEM tires because of a crappy ride. Props to Michelin on that, they replaced for free. After another trip out of town, still a vibration in the front end right around 75 to 80MPH. That is the speed limit here in Texas. I guess I just have to live with it until the tires wear out and then go by something else. Really sucks because I don't like to drop 2K for new tires on a new truck!!!

BTW - Mac Haik Ford in Houston has horrible customer service - In my opinion.
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