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Old August 12th, 2018, 04:17 PM   #1  
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Balancing issues?

I have several sets of... I will get blasted for this... chrome olds rally wheels... I know they are technically SS2,3,4,5 something’s. I call them rally wheels. Now that the naming discussion is over...

Does anyone have have trouble getting a good balance on the snap on center wheels? I seem to always have a slight vibration.

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Old August 12th, 2018, 07:10 PM   #2  
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Check the tires for a hop and a wobble. Dont rule out a bad rotor either...or a driveshaft or Ujoints.
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Tires are new, but I know that doesn’t mean much. I was thinking since these wheels are lug centric, that balancing with cones in the center could have something to do with wheel irregularities. Thoughts?
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I remember readings some posts many years ago about issues with balancing the snap-on center cap wheels. As you said, the issue was with the balancing cones not centering the wheels properly on the machine. Unfortunately, I do not remember what the recommended solution to the issue was.
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I bought a set of repop chrome SS3s from Coker for my '68. They came painted like the '69 H/O wheels but with the snap on center caps. The boxes had stickers on them saying that they had to be balanced with the lug centric plates. After we mounted the tires ,just for the hell of it we put one of the big rear ones(15x8 with 275/60s) on the balancer using the centering cones. Wow did it wobble & it was way out of balance! I would have thought the wheels were junk! We put the stud plate on the machine & spun them up again, what a difference. They ran out pretty good.
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I do not know of anyone around here that has the stud plates. Just thinking out loud here... I have a couple 68 front drum brake hub only assemblies. Bolt the wheel to the hubs and balance the whole assembly... would that work... or would the weight of the hubs throw it off...
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A good tire tech should know whats going on.
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Old August 13th, 2018, 01:55 PM   #8  
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I've had good luck balancing those with the right size cone on the outside of the rim..
[P.S. I call 'em rally wheels also.
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