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Old 11-20-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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weights used on new wheels

I'm taking my wheels to be powder coated soon. I have to take the tires to be removed and then remounted at a place of my choosing. I have never seen the type of weights used to balance the newer wheels such as those on the Focus. All of my existing cars have used the hideous looking lead weights that mount on the outside of the rim. Are these weights something only Ford uses or should any tire installer be able to replace them with similar weights once removed?


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Any of them. They stick on the inside of the barrel of the wheel.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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How much is the powder coat costing?
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Any place can do "sticky" weights, you just have to specify that to any tire shop.

And also, I have had a few sets of wheels powdercoated, $75 A wheel.
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Alot of places will use the tacky outside mount weights for plain rims and cars using hubcaps. Usually if you have some nice rims especially if they aren't silver they use tape weights. But just to be certain make sure to ask them to do so. All your big tire shops carry them. And if you have black rims like mine then they use dark tape weights instead of the silver ones.
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i believe the majority of cars come from the factory with stick on weights on the outboard side and clip on weights on the inboard side. most German cars i see have stick on weights on both sides. when i got my wheels mounted it pleased me the dealer did the same for my wheels =)
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The taped on weights are aesthetically nicer but the clip-on rim weights tend to be more accurate balancing wise. Some alloy wheels have extra thick rims and the clip-ons simply won't fit even if you wanted to use them.

Powder coating prices vary quite a bit. My brother's company's prices are based on wheel diameter....$45.00 for 15" + 5.00 per additional inch up to 18 inches in diameter for basic colors they have in stock. Price includes basic media blasting but no gouge repairs, etc.
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The taped on weights are aesthetically nicer but the clip-on rim weights tend to be more accurate balancing wise. Some alloy wheels have extra thick rims and the clip-ons simply won't fit even if you wanted to use them.

Powder coating prices vary quite a bit. My brother's company's prices are based on wheel diameter....$45.00 for 15" + 5.00 per additional inch up to 18 inches in diameter for basic colors they have in stock. Price includes basic media blasting but no gouge repairs, etc.
That is a VERY good price. most places here in MN charge $100-$110 a wheel. I only get mine @$75/wheel through a car club discount. Darn. Haha.
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How much is the powder coat costing?
I received two quotes. $100 per wheel and $125 per wheel. I'm probably going with the $100 per wheel not because it's cheaper but because they were recommended by a friend who uses them often and said the company it very meticulous. Company A is 1 hr from me where company B is 10 minutes from me.
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For looks, definitely ask for the sticky weights. They should be able to get a proper balance still and you don't have to worry about having to look at a lead weight stuck to the rim. If you are going through the process of getting a wheel powder coated, you dont want to have any distractions sticking to the outside of the rim
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