I just recently purchased some 17 wheels with 215/40/17 rubber with 40mm offset,and the car shakes at higher speeds. Around town speeds its fine but at freeway speeds it shakes and gets worse with speed.
The wheel and tire pkg I bought were on display for a couple of months I think, would this cause the shakes? The tires were balanced before they were put on and rebalanced after 20 or 30km. The shakes were less after the second balancing. Also the seller only balanced the fronts the second time around, I think I'm going to insist on them balancing them on all 4's when I take it in for a 3rd balancing.
The tech at the shop was told be they were expecting me to come back, and that larger wheels are harder to balance initilly and need balancing more often. Is this a lie or is this common with larger diameter wheels? If rebalancing doesn't fix it what else could be wrong
My ride is a 2005 Elantra SE with just over 104XXkm on it just about a year old.
I'm having the same situation with my 2002 and Nippon GT3 rim. I have the hubcentric rings (outer:67mm/inner 54.1) and the screws were removed and my brakes and rotors were replaced no more than 6 months ago. Under 45mph I'm fine it shimmys a tad but as I go up to 45 or above it gets worse. Could it just be a wheel alignment is needed and with the larger wheels the more intense it feels?
Eh. I'd say go with the advice and do all of the above. Get the rings, and get an alignment done, and make sure everything in your suspension is tight.
Alignments in general are good to have done every once in a while regardless...I didn't bother, and now my tires are utterly worn down on the outside edge while the insides are just fine...and the back wheels have a totaly weird wear pattern also. Alignments are your friend!
Aftermarket rims can be a real pain in the a$$, especially for someone who is fussy. There is never any guarantee that the offset of the new rims will match what the car was designed to have, and depending on the tire you use, you will run the risk of shimmy that balancing wont remedy. The alignment suggestion is the best thing Ive read, and the centering rings can be helpful, altho utlimately the lug nuts center the wheel. The fact that they are 10 holes doesnt matter. My family owns 3 tire stores and we deal with this type of stuff all the time. I recently had a SAAB that I put Borbets on, and it shook like hell with Michelin pilots. When I changed them to Michelin MXV4s, it was like a new car, perfect tracking, and NO shimmy. But then they cost nearly 110.00 each. Good luck dude.
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