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Old 10-21-2017, 07:08 PM   #1
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Visible Wheel Weights?

Just took my 2011 GTI in today to get some new tires. After picking it up I saw the wheel weights were placed very visibly after balancing. Is this a common thing? I see a lot of GTI's with no visible weights and the look amazing. Sorry for the mess but I literally just picked it back up from Discount Tire

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Old 10-21-2017, 07:39 PM   #2
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Mine too are visible after getting new tires. And I too was less than pleased.


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Old 10-21-2017, 07:46 PM   #3
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Did you learn to live with it or do you still notice them?
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Old 10-21-2017, 09:17 PM   #4
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I notice them all the time. I have Serron wheels so they stand out like a sore thumb.


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Old 10-22-2017, 12:43 AM   #5
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They put the weights where the balance is needed...

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Old 10-22-2017, 03:12 AM   #6
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As mentioned by brobst already the weights are placed exactly where the balancing machine instructs the fitter to place them! Thatís the whole point!


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Old 10-22-2017, 10:33 AM   #7
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The ones that were originally on my car were black and almost completely unnoticeable. The tire shop replaced them with silver. The barrels of my wheels are gloss black. I get the purpose and necessity of them. If I recall, the weights from the factory were placed further back not front and center.


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Old 10-22-2017, 01:21 PM   #8
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If I recall, the weights from the factory were placed further back not front and center.


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They will be in a different place each time tyres are fitted! Sometimes (but rarely) you wonít need any at all, paint them if it bothers you,

I think youíd be more upset if your wheels looked like mine!




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Old 10-22-2017, 02:37 PM   #9
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I understand that they will be in a different place. It just seems unnecessary for them to be at such a shallow depth. Iíll see if I can get a pic for you.


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Old 10-22-2017, 03:21 PM   #10
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Iím not sure, but I think that I may have had some fall off... I will know more next week. I plan on doing a full detail.


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I understand that they will be in a different place. It just seems unnecessary for them to be at such a shallow depth. Iíll see if I can get a pic for you.


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As I understand it they have to be placed in a precise location either on the inner edge of the rim or on the outer edge of the rim just behind the spoke line as they are in my picture above, not just a certain point around the circumference, your previous weights would have been further in as thatís where they needed to be to balance the wheel/tyre.


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Old 10-22-2017, 03:26 PM   #12
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Iím not sure, but I think that I may have had some fall off... I will know more next week. I plan on doing a full detail.


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If you find the remnants of the sticky foam itís most probably from where weights were previously located when last balanced which would have been removed when new tyres were fitted, not from a thrown weight, not that they donít come off but unlikely.


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Old 10-24-2017, 10:08 AM   #13
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The weights go where the balance machine tells you to put em. Nothing you can really do. They belong on the outer part of the rim and the inner behind the spoke. Not much else you can really do.
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:32 AM   #14
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Get some very expensive wheels and tires and with some luck they are already balanced without any weights


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