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lightning 05-01-2009 01:25 PM

aero caps and wheel balancing
With making and installing DIY flat aero hubcaps, I prefer to move the balance weights all to the inside of the wheel rims, so I don't have to work around them. A tire shop says no problem. (I imagine they do it for looks on fancy rims all the time.) But a friend says my wheels will not be balanced as well. I thought I might get some more opinions here.

TomO 05-01-2009 02:23 PM

Dynamic (tap on wheel weights on the inside and outside rim edge) offer the best balancing as they are able to take car of the "up-and-down" and some of the "side-to-side" weight differences.

Static (stick on weights in the inside of the rim) can only really compensate for the "up-and-down" weight difference.

If the guy balancing the wheel is good then you won't notice the difference between teh two types of balancing.

stevet47 05-01-2009 04:32 PM

Actually there are 2 ways to do sticky weights. The first is what TomO is referring to, when then just put the weight centered on the inside of the rim. Most alloys use 2 spots for sticky weights, weight on the inside of the rim, and weight just behind the spokes.
You'd be just fine going with the 2nd option.

lightning 05-01-2009 06:54 PM

Yes, (if I read you right) since I don't care where the sticky weights go, so long are they are below the hub cap ledge, I can still achieve the optimum type of balancing by placing them near where crimp-on weight would go, as I now understand things. It may be a matter of using just slightly different amounts of weight, but the effect will be identical, I think; the balancing of the wheel can still be perfect. Thanks for responses.

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