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Major rim/tire combo issues.. help

K so not sure what to do here. I just bought some 15x8 mickey thompson sidebiter rims, 3.3 backspacing and -30 offset. I had no idea, but when the shop installed them they put spacers on the front, not even hub centric, in order for them to clear the calipers and fit. The spacers are really sloppy, and im not sure if they are the issue... but all of my rims and tires are un balanced perfectly. The truck shimmys all over and the steering wheel vibrates.

I took it to a trusted shop where my buddy works and got him to see wat the problem was. the wheel/tire combo is so off balance that we needed amost 2lbs of weights literally to get it even somewhat close to balancing, problem then lies that the weights ended up hitting the calipers on the front and had to take some off to the wheels could spin freely..

All 4 wheels are not balanced properly and all have a ton of weights on them, my buddy basically gave up as we couldnt even get them close to balanced.

i want to wheel.. but im not sure how safe these spacers are to run (their only small ones maybe 1/4" inch)

It sucks because i just dropped close to 2 grand on this setup and now my truck vibrates all over the highway and seems a bit unsafe. Do i go back to my old 16" Eagle 100's? i still have them and i actually loved the way the truck rode with them and my bfg MTs, or can i keep this current setup... shrug off what i think is unsafe, and still 4x4?

Im also worried if i keep this rim/tire combo for a long peroid of time with alot of highway driving and the vibrating eventually somethings going to loosen up on the truck.

Current setup is 15x8 mickey thompson sidebiter rims, and 33x12.5 Duratracs
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i just can believe the caliper is even a issue at 3.3" bs and Negative 30mm os. try dynabeads the in tire balancers?
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i said the exact same ****... i dunno why it would be a problem with that BS and offset but believe me it is.
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Have you measured the backspacing and offset yourself or are you just going on the specs that you ordered them by? Maybe they sent you some different rims? Just a thought I had...

If the tires needed that much weight to get in balance then I'd be taking them back to the shop. Period.


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shop wont take em back... bunch of ****in idiots
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Try letting all the air out of the tires, rotate the tires on the rims, and try balancing them again.
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did that, same prob
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What kinda tires are they?
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Where did you get the tires from? Sure they aren't seconds?
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this sounds like a very ****ty problem
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Not sure what to suggest for the rim part of the issue, as for the tires not balancing... that's not right. If the shop you bought them from won't do anything about it I'd be going directly to Goodyear Canada and let them know!!
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there is something major wrong. i just mounted 37 inch km2s at work last week and not one took over 5 oz of weights. they were on after market rims too. you need to get your money back
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unbalanced tires blows.
sounds to me like rims are bent.
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For the wheels, you only have 2 options really... either run a good quality set of spacers, or just sell them for a small loss and get new wheels that fit. (most 15" wheels should fit.. there must be something weird about the design of those particular wheels.)

For the tires, if the shop won't help you then definitely call Goodyear and see what they can do. Since they are basically brand new, Goodyear should be able to help you out.
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I would start with the rims. Make sure they arnt bent. If they arnt, then get the dynabeads or continue to ***** till they give you new tires
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sooooo good news. Ripped the shop a new arsehole (the ones who sold me the rims and tires) They called goodyear and goodyear straigh tup told them "yea we had a bad batch of duratracs so im not surprised if they needed a ton of weights to balance"

so the shops hooking me up with a brand new set of Kelly Fierce Attitude MT's (made by goodyear) their pretty sleek looking. They are giving me them in a 305/70/16 size so i can throw them back on my old 16" rims which were a perfect fit before i got these mickey thompson 15's.

The shop is also giving me either credit or money back for the rims they ****ed up on.
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So you bought crap goodyears, and you're still getting another tire made by them? haha
That tires looks like a near copy of the dura trac, probably still likely to be garbage. The small tread spacing looks like it might suck in the mud.

I can't imagine needing spacers in the first place with that backspacing. It must be just the shape of the wheels. I fit 15x8s with 3.75" backspacing on my sport trac with the bigger brakes, no problem.

Lots of us have said it here several times, but most 15s REALLY need to be test fitted on the newer Rangers with bigger brakes due to caliper clearance. Oh well, hopefully the new setup will work better.
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Those tires look pretty nice to me.. Should be alright in the mud.. Supposedly they're way too soft of a compound though.







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Good to hear the shop helped you out. Hopefully it's all sorted out now!
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