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 Post subject: Re: alloy refurb
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:05 am 
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Never had an issue balancing the Toyo summer or winter Contis swapping twice a year. Will see if the powder coating causes a difference :?

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 Post subject: Re: alloy refurb
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 10:48 am 
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Location: Inverness, Scotland, UK. 2014 GX4h with clear rear light lenses.
Wouldn't have thought the powder coating will make any difference to the balancing. Have you actually ever fitted any tyres to the 'ebay' wheel set pictured though? Presumably when you mention previously swapped winter/summer combination, that was on your original factory fitted alloys supplied with the vehicle.

My 'winter' alloys came from ebay too but I still haven't yet had the opportunity to fit any winter tyres that are actually round enough to absolutely confirm that the alloys are totally straight. My Falken Eurowinters weren't very round. The bloke who powder coated the wheels reckoned the alloys were absolutely straight and showed no signs of previous damage though. I'm soon going to try and get a set of Pirelli Sottozeros fitted (with the red dots positioned next to the valves!) in the hope that the 'premium' quality of the Pirellis means that balancing them will be ok. I remember reading somewhere that due to the softer compound of rubber used in winter tyres they were harder to manufacture. Falken certainly seemed to have some trouble with manufacturing them.


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 Post subject: Re: alloy refurb
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 11:15 am 
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Winter tyres now fitted to refurbished alloys and balanced without issue :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: alloy refurb
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:06 am 
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Location: Inverness, Scotland, UK. 2014 GX4h with clear rear light lenses.
Have now got Pirelli Sottozeros fitted to my refurbed alloys. Pirelli's only had yellow dots painted on tyre wall, no red. I'm therefore assuming this is an indication that they are of sufficiently good quality not to require red dots. Took some persuading to get the tyre fitters to put the yellow dots in line with the tyre valve, a task in which they mostly succeeded. Tyre fitters in general seem most reluctant to try this, although what difference it would make to them where they aligned the dots is a mystery to me. Surely they may as well align the dots with the valves as not? Three wheels needed 65 grammes of weight and one needed 100. The one that needed 100 was the one where the yellow dot was not aligned with the valve!

Very smooth and quiet tyres although it was 30oC when I tried them so not entirely helpful in that respect. Don't worry though, in the Scottish Highlands cold weather is not unheard of...


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