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Old 05-21-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Well I think I need to be taught a few things.

This is my first 4x4, and subsequently first Jeep. I have a '12 JKU Sahara with a self built AEV JK250 Kit. I'm also running 35" BFG A/Ts.

I ran the lift for a few weeks before getting my wheels and tires (approx 2K miles), and had no issues with the lift. Fast forward about 15K miles later into tires and I keep getting a shimmy in the jeep.

I got my setup from discount tire, so they do the life time rotation and balance. I've had them rotated/ balanced 2 times now, and each time they keep adding weight to the tires. Now I'm about 4K miles into the last rotation and the wobble is back. You can feel it in the steering wheel and the butt gyro.

Do 35s really need this much maintenance? They seem to go out of balance every 3-4K miles. When initially installed they did do a road force balance, and they were smooth as glass with only 3-4 oz / wheel. I'm thinking of calling the local DT and asking them to strip all the weights and start over.

I just can't understand how / why they would need more weight (1-2 oz / wheel) every few thousand miles, which is why I'm turning to y'all for an education. Please enlighten me!!!

Sorry for the rant, and thanks in advance guys!

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Are they adding weights to different spots on the wheel, If so make them pull all weights and start over, should never counter balance! Weights should be in same spot, not spread around! If that makes sence.

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Weights aren't counter balancing. I just don't get how we go from 3 to 9 oz of weight after the first balance.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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I worked for Sears Automotive for a few years and could chime in.

First thing I would have them do is deflate every tire and rotate them on the wheel. Physically move the tire in a different direction say 180 degrees. Every time i had a wheel take more weight than normal i would do this and it solved the problem.

Pop the bead back on, fill to your desired inflation and rebalance. If the wheels continue to take more weight the actual wheels may be bent. Don't know if you have stock rims or not.

If you continue to have problems the wheels with the least amount of weight should go on the front. Put the next 2 on the rear and the one with the most weight put on the spare.

May want to go to somewhere else and get a second opinion as well. Maybe they are not recall rating the tire balance every morning.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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Oh and you should never have wheel weights separated on either side of the wheel. They must always be touching each other.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:49 PM   #6
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I worked for Sears Automotive for a few years and could chime in.

First thing I would have them do is deflate every tire and rotate them on the wheel. Physically move the tire in a different direction say 180 degrees. Every time i had a wheel take more weight than normal i would do this and it solved the problem.

Pop the bead back on, fill to your desired inflation and rebalance. If the wheels continue to take more weight the actual wheels may be bent. Don't know if you have stock rims or not.

If you continue to have problems the wheels with the least amount of weight should go on the front. Put the next 2 on the rear and the one with the most weight put on the spare.

May want to go to somewhere else and get a second opinion as well. Maybe they are not recall rating the tire balance every morning.
Wouldn't the road force have found that out? They said they had rotated 3 on the rim initially.

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