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wheel weights on inside of wheel for Alcoas???

I just had my BFGs mounted on my new Alcoas Friday. I failed to ask them to just put the weights on the inside of the wheel. They are balanced perfectly and ride smooth at all speeds. However i looked at them yesterday and the lead weight was "leaking" gray on to my tire. It could have been the 1 ft of snow and all the salt on the roads causing this, but i dont like it at all. I have never had a tire weight do this, anyone else??

When i had my Chrome soft-8s, they alway balanced pretty good with just the weight on the inside. My question is mainly aimed at thos with Alcoas, do you have the weights mounted on just the inside of the wheel or both? If just the inside, do they ride fine? Should I take it back today and have them re-balance them with the weight just on the inside?

I dont know if the weight will continue to "gray" my tire, but i personally do not like it!
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I had my tires rebalanced on my Ranger before I had plates on it. I was not going to let the weights destroy the finish on those pretty alcoas.

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The weights don't leak anything, it's the salt and road grime. If the wheel was rotated so that the weight was at the bottom on the rim, any spray or water will settle down the rim and wick off where the weight is. Over time the clip that holds the weight to the rim will start to rust and that will cause an orange stain on the tires, but nothing a scrub brush while washing the tires can't fix.

Your rims probably have weights on the inside lip as well is spots. The hammer on weights are placed on both lips if needed. I think you're thinking of the stick on weights that go on the inside of the rim wall.
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The weights don't leak anything, it's the salt and road grime. If the wheel was rotated so that the weight was at the bottom on the rim, any spray or water will settle down the rim and wick off where the weight is. Over time the clip that holds the weight to the rim will start to rust and that will cause an orange stain on the tires, but nothing a scrub brush while washing the tires can't fix.

Your rims probably have weights on the inside lip as well is spots. The hammer on weights are placed on both lips if needed. I think you're thinking of the stick on weights that go on the inside of the rim wall.
yeah i know thay have weights on inside as well, but this gray crap on my tire from the weight. It was like that on my old tires as well, i couldnt get it off of those though.

I think im just going to have them re-balanced with no weights on the outside.
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have it rebalanced. BUT tell them to check caliper clearness before doing it they have to be mounted in a curtian spot or it will rip off the weights after the first rotation.

then take some Meguiars Scratchx and get off any crap on the wheel thats stained it
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I have sticky weights on mine i didnt want to ruin the clear coat on my wheels
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have it rebalanced. BUT tell them to check caliper clearness before doing it they have to be mounted in a curtian spot or it will rip off the weights after the first rotation.

then take some Meguiars Scratchx and get off any crap on the wheel thats stained it
I think the wheels are fine, its the tires that has that gray $hit all over them. It should come off though. I guess they know what they are doing, im sure they have them on the back as well right now
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and where are the pics of the new tires?
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and where are the pics of the new tires?
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i have alot of pics and about five videos to upload, but the fiance had my dang camera! im getting it on lunch, so expect some pics of snow and BFGs. It started snowing two hours after i got them put on---12 inches as a matter of fact
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i was worried to death that the weights that were already on the wheels when i got them had corroded clearcoat, but they seem fine! Thank goodness
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my alcoas are nearly destroyed. I had developed rim leaks in all my tires at some time or another and in the process of fixing it, the brilliant guys at the tire shop chipped the clearcoat for me when they pounded the weights on and probably when they scraped the rim. Now, the oxidized aluminum is slinging gray stains on my 1 yr old BFG's and i will never go back there again.
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A little late with my response, but I run clip-on weights on the inside only on my Alcoas (with 32x11.50 BFG KOs)

The truck rides and handles just fine at speed.

I run clip-on weights inside only on my '93 also - and have for 300K miles. Never had a problem.
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ask them to static balance them, thats how they have to balance mine because of the lock rings. even with 33" mud tires they balanced out perfect.
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