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  1. #21
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    Sal and all,
    Great feedback, thanks everyone.
    Who was the contact for the wheel,did you shop around? did they balance out well?I have enough lead on my orginal wheels to ballast a sail boat keel,and to be honest I just do not like the look of them it was a common problem with this wheel..
    I have a set of Toyo Proxes RA1 185/60/13 (just 500 miles on em, so these are going on the new wheels), many are saying to the sixJ width for the new wheel, (my stock wheel is 13 by 6J from the factory( what do you think? If the 185,s would fit the 7 inch wide new wheel I could wear them out then next time go to your size.
    Bt the way did you stick with the regular finish over the optional polished?
    Regards
    David
    PS, Any one concerned or notice speedo error when switching tyre / wheel combos?
    Again, just a street car only, with a RacelineUK 1.7 with 160 hp.

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    David,
    I did shop around and located a dealership in North Carolina. I suggest you work with the same company that has their shop in Arizona(Pack Racing). Regarding the balancing, my tires had the locating dot from the factory that alignes the tire in relationship to the valve stems. If you have the dots and the right folks who will take their time, little weights are needed. Locally, I used Bob Drye, he took his time and i have less than 2 ounces per tire!! For the 185's, 6 is the right size, a 7" rim will make them ballon out some. I wouldnt do that but it is your car--i understand the "use what you have" and buy biger next time. I went with the standard regular finish with the clear coat. I purchased mine from Mr. Bennett French at The British Connection--he can be reached at: thebritishconnection@yahoo.com I do need to recal the speedo as i went from 185/70 to 215/5's.
    Sal Fanelli

    1982 Caterham S3 XFlow--restoration completed 06/08!! 98,700 miles and still going!!

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    Sal,
    I am going with your wheel, (set of 5) unpolished finish,I am going to stick with the 185's, the wheel/tire combo has more than enough grip for my limited skills and the 160 hp of the car is enough for me..

    I recall some years ago back in the UK, there was a wheel and tire company that was using a machine (this was on TV in the 80.s) New owners of Jag XJS,s were compaining of extreme vibration over 110 mph and thsi was offered to the pissed off owners.

    ) machine would spin the wheel and tire on the car over 100 mph,(It actually ended up being drive/propshafts that were out of balance on thes cars and not the wheels BUT... the deal being two fold:

    1< if an owner companined about (what he assumed) was wheel/tire shimmy at over the legal road speed limit they would not put out a mechanic to test drive the car with the chance of him getting a ticket and pissing off the dealership's insurance company.

    2) there was also the argument that if you balanced the wheel and tire on the car at speed on the car it allowed for all the variables of the whole set up,i.e rotor variances etc , and many other variables that could affect the total "perfect" balance for the whole package of the wheel being on the car versus on a spinning machine with just the rubber and wheel, to eliminate any vibration/ shimmy at any speed.

    Is this type of machine still around, this was over 20 years ago?I.E on the car wheel balance, maybe wheel and tire tolerances are so much closer now that there is no need for such a machine.

    HERE IS ONE GOOD TIP, ; get some BRIGHT paint , mask off the small area for the 4 jacking points and rattle can spray the jack points on your Seven.


    Regards to all,
    David

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