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Old 02-04-2009, 09:46 PM   #1
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Help with tire/wheel problem!

I just got new rims and tires. i got 285/50/20 and 20in liquidmetal magmas put on and when i get up to about 50 mph my truck shakes like crazy. The wheels have already been balanced and alined. do they just need to be balanced again or is there another problem?
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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it shakes from about 45mph and up and no i don't have a lift
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:01 PM   #3
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just cuz there balanced dosent mean there right.

Check the balance, and most important make sure there on the vehicle correctly. Did you require hub rings on the install or are they lug centric?
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The entire truck shakes and so does the steering wheel. And yes i did notice it shakes a lot less when i take my foot off the gas or push the brake
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:09 PM   #5
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yeah i'm going to go back to the shop i had it done at and i'm going to let them drive it. Its really bad, im scared going 60 in it. So this problem can be fixed without having to get new rims?
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Are the tires directional? Meaning they have an arrow on the sidewall showing the direction they have to turn.

Also just because they balanced them doesn't mean it was done correctly or you didn't throw a weight. I had this happen when I had mine balanced. They wobbled like crazy at 50mph after being balanced. They redid it & the shaking went away.
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yeah i think and hope its a balancing problem and not a damaged rim or tire. I just dont understand how the balancing can be that bad
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yes the are directional tires
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #9
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yeah i cant make it tomorrow, but im going friday. I really hope that its just a balancing problem. The rims look great and i waited way to long for these rims only be on my truck for 2 days
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:22 PM   #10
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This sure sounds familiar! I've been trying help another w8n4mud resolve his issue that is similar to yours. Fill us in on all the details you can e.g. the shop you had them installed at, the style or model number of wheel, whether or not you have centering rings installed, what type of balancing the shop did...etc.

If the shop did not install centering rings on the wheels and are relying on the lug nuts to center the wheels, this is the first item to deal with! I cannot emphasize enough on how important these are. Even though they are oftentimes made of aluminum, UHMW or something similar, they are a vital part of the wheel!

Here's w8n4mud's post:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/wheels-tires/25786-bfg-all-terrain-tire-265-70r17-out-round.html
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:35 PM   #11
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i dont have all the details now but ill get them up tomorrow. I bought and had the wheels put on at discount tire and they didn't mention anything about centering rings, i believe its just relying on the lugs. what do centering ring look like?
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:44 PM   #12
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Not all Discount tires install centering rings, and in your case, they probably did not. Skim through the link to the post I provided and in there you will find some links to some websites that sell centering rings. When aftermarket wheels are made, they are machined with a large diameter hub bore to fit a large assortment of vehicles. The centering rings are an adapter that make that specific wheel fit a specific vehicle. Without getting into too much detail, when aftermarket wheels are installed with no centering rings it can cause vehicle wandering or pulling, vibrations and various speeds and so on.

When you go back on Friday, you need to put your foot down that they install these. But right now, do some reading so you understand the importance of them and their purpose. It might be a good idea to call them tomorrow and make sure they will have them when you go in on Friday to minimize how many trips you are making to Discount!
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