Question Is this normal when buying new wheels and tires?

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  1. rrpalma

    rrpalma New Member

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    Hello,

    I have a 2013 3/4 ton Suburban. Since all the wheels had rust and a lot of damage, I decided to order some new OEM wheels from my Chevy dealer. I also ordered new (mounted) tires.

    I asked the dealer to mount and balance the four wheel/tires before shipping them to me. The wheels (with their mounted tires) just arrived. These wheels have some rim weights on the inside face of the wheels, plus some stick on weights closer to the outside face of the wheel.

    On the old, damaged wheels, I never took the time to check whether they had the stick-on weights; I did notice some of them had rim weights.

    So my question is : Is it normal to combine rim and stick-on weights on new OEM wheels? Is this how they come from the factory on a new vehicle?

    Thanks for reading.
     
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    DominatorC GMFS Member

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    Yes this is normal, it's for a cleaner appearance

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    Also I never put weights on the outside of the wheel because it holds dirty and damages the finish.

    Side note if you don't mind me asking why did you buy the wheels from the dealer? That must have cost an arm and a leg
     
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    benz88 GMFS Member

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    Post a picture. You saying on the face of the wheel there Clamp on weights by the bead? and stick on, on the inside?
     
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    that's what people think. But Dealers will be competitive and match other shops.
     
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    With tires yes not the wheels though
     
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    Almost all aftermarket wheels will use stick on weights including mine mainly because it has the same effect but much cleaner appearance. The dealer you bought oem rims from probably also had intention to keep them clean for the customer. Why dealers use clamp on weights from the factory I don't know. Possibly cheaper, or easier done by machine even

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    Thanks for reading and replying. No, not really. They actually gave me a very good price, comparable to what I would've paid if buying tires for tirerack and wheels from one of the online parts dealer. Plus the shipping was free.

    No, the other way around. Clamp on the inside, stick on *near* the face.
     
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    Holy generalization. Most don't have the lip on the front but almost have the lip on the back. Hell every steel wheel has the ability to run tap ons both sides.
     
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    Yes all wheels can have the tap ons but who wants them? They're ugly and trap dirt like you said

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    post a pic, Hard to think how they put a clamp on weight on the inside of the face.
     
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    Phildirt n. fil-dert.

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    My question is how were 3 year old aluminum wheels "rusted" and why not refinish them for about $100 and a little elbow grease instead of buying a whole new set??
     
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    Weird, We price match or beat other shops on wheels and tires. That's probably why We sell a ton of aftermarket wheels.
     
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    He said he bought oe wheels
     
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    Will do the pics as soon as I fly back home for XMas. But perhaps I was not too clear in my description. They put the clamp on weight on the rim of the inside face, just as they would on the outside face, next to the tire bead, but on the face of the wheel that you can't see when wheel is mounted on the vehicle. I don't if that makes sense?

    Great question -- thanks for asking. Aluminum oxide on them because of high humidity and neglect. It looks like spider webs. I'm polishing and painting them gun-metal. Different tires will be mounted on those.

    And yes, the new wheels are OE.
     
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    probably could have warrantied them. GM wheels have a 5 year corrosion warranty I believe.
     
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    I wanted "tap ons" for my wheels. That's one reason I decladded a set of factory wheels.

    He means the clamp on weight is on the inside of the wheel next to the bead of the tire. Wheels still have a lip on the inside edge because clip/clamp weights are the best method for balancing a wheel & tire. For styling purposes, most wheels these days don't have that lip on the front side anymore.
     

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