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post #1 of 20 Old 12-31-2007, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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4wheel parts= can't balance tires

Made a hwy trip this weekend with my Xtreme AT's. They are VERY quiet on the hwy!!! very happy with the noise levels. However, the whole truck shakes and vibrates, mainly the rear b/c theres no weight over them. I'm pretty bumed on how bad 4wheelparts balanced them. they put the WRONG weights on the wheel first off. you can physically see they don't fit the lip of the rim; the weight is flapping around. and the Wheel balancing machine was antique. You figure a company who's business is BIG TIRES would have a "force balancer" (Hunter 9700 comes to mind). I'm in the process of finding a shop around me with a hunter 9700. Just to give you guys an idea how bad it vibes... it's worse than my early 90's 4runner, on 35" M/T's with a Straight axle conversion, 6" leafs all around. Worse than my old rock crawler!

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You would think they could do a better job with the big tires.
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damng that kind of spoils the "mood" if you know what i mean....i would def get them checked out again, sounds like the wrong weights are on it...

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.... I searched shops that have a 9700 hunter in tampa. Like every shop has one... Except 4wheel parts!!! Even Hyundai and rent & roll have one! lol. I find that HILARIOUS. Hyundai (who doesn't probly balance a tire over 20" Dia) of all places has one, but the "big truck tire store" doesn't... M'kay.

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The should have used stick on weights and got rid of the clamp style.. At least a real tire store would have done that..

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Its acully hard to balance 35 inch tires. and your not supposed to balance anything larger then a 35 becuase of this. The stick on weights are the only way to go. just make sure they dont counter balance them. Take it to a place like tire kingdom, NTB and so on. These places have the top of the line tools, and balancers. With updates every year. Im really suprised that a 4 wheel parts and supply would have such a crappy balancer. but this isnt the first complaint i have herd about them

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4 wheels parts done actually even mount or balance tires..they sub that work out to a shop in Arizona. Or so I have been told. When i bought my rims and tires from them It didnt actually ship from 4 wheel parts. But whatever. I heard that about tires over 35s as well. I think I mite want to get my check out. Actually my tires seem like they are leaking air..I have probably like 1,000 miles on them. and the truck is aligned but it pulls to left a bit. I still need to deal with some things with the whole lift and suspension but its just WAY to cold out and I dont have ambition to go out there lol

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I saw them mount/balance them right there in the garage. Stick on weights do not work as well as having weights on both sides of the rim, period. No argument there, it's physics, I know having weights on both sides of the rim gives you a better balance. 2ndly, it's not hard to balance a 35" AT. the hunter 9700 force balancer will balance up to a 42" tire!! a few yrs back one of the 4x4 magazines, think petersons did a review on the 9700 and they were amazed with it, they balanced HUGE tires on it with great results. Just sad, something as simple as wheel balancing and a 4x4 "specialty store" can't do it. I swear, if i had the money, i'd buy my own hunter 9700.


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if you want the best balance for those go to a big truck shop that does semis and dump trucks and have them put equal in them thats what i run in my nittos and what most every semi on the road runs there is no better way to balance big tires its a beaded powder they put in your tire then fill it back up with air or my choice nitrogen it is a active balance the powder rotates with yor tire you will ntver have to balance again due to wear or weights falling off plus no ugly weights on your wheels

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I have heard of that stuff. I used to run Centra-matic wheel balancers on my old rock crawler. Might have to look into them for this truck.

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