Posted by Dave on August 08, 1998 at 06:34:02:
In Reply to: TAPE WEIGHTS - DYNAMIC BALANCE OR NOT ????? posted by Dave on August 06, 1998 at 16:51:26:
First off, it is possible to achieve the same results using tape-on weights as it is with "standard" clip on weights. Your post seems to indicate that you have been told that the tape-on weights will only be used on the outside of the wheel. Why? tape-on weights can also be used on the inside of the wheel as well, thus acieving your desired "dynamic" balancing job.
The best balancing results will come from a "dynamic" or "dual plane" balance. But a qualified installer can sometimes achieve comparable results w/o.
The best way to balance difficult wheels and ultimately any wheels is to first balance off the vehicle - "dynamic" then have an on the car balance done as well. This insures that all rotating masses; rotor, drum , hub, ect. are in balance as well as the wheel/tire assembly.
For wheels that have no outside lip or wheels that also have no flat outside surface for any weights you can install the tape-on weights just inside the most outer egde of the wheel where the first available flat surface becomes available. Usually within 1"-3" of the outside lip of the wheel. Again the key to doing this is a qualified installer. You can keep the same settings on the balancing equipment e.g. "dynamic" but must know how to "fake out" the machines brain or computer to compensate for the amount of weight called for, or exact placement location called for when placing the weight just inside the most outer edge of the wheel.
Your best bet is probably to find someone who specializes in aftermarket wheel sales. They should be (or better be) familiar with methods needed & used for achiaving the best balance resulting in the best or smoothest ride. If surface preparation is done correctly, tape-on weights can have as good or better results staying on the wheel as any clip-on weights.
Hope this helps.
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