BFG All Terrain Balancing

Submitted: Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:08
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Is 225 grams too much weight required to balance a new tyre?
I had 4 new BFG A/T fitted and i am concerned that one of the tyres has 225 grams of lead needed to balance it.
When I questioned the dealer the response was they are a heavily constructed tyre with a heavy side wall.
Yet one of the other tyres needed only 30 grams.

Damon.
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Reply By: Member - Chris R (NSW) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:18

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:18
I had similar issue - great long weight on new tyre bought in Broome. Lost the weight in next 1000 km. Worried that the tyre was faulty, I took it to Newman tyre centre for warranty. They advised that problem was likely to be fitting problem - not tyre.

They rotated tyre on rim, inflated it, and hey! what do you know... it needed a very small weight (ie almost perfect)

Ask your dealer to check this out.

Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris R (NSW) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:19

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:19
Sorry should have said mine was BFG AT also

Chris
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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:19

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 09:19
Damon,
I had the same thing happen a while ago with BFG AT. A set of 5 with 4 well under 100g and one at 220g. They started to put it as the spare but fortunately I noticed and objected. They argued the same and claimed that the distributors set the limit at 250g. In the end they changed it but only because I have bought a lot of tyres from them over the years and wanted to keep my business.

In reality it will probably be alright but if you keep it I would put a paint mark on it so you know which it is and track the balance. If it gets markedly worse then I would make a claim. Make a point of having it done at say 10,000k.

alastair
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:19

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:19
Rule of thumb !

There should be a colored dot on the tyre, or the word "Dot" embedded on the tyre.

Find this, and have the valve directly below/opposite this.
Theoretically the tyre will not need to be balanced, ( or need minimum weights ) .
However if your rim is not balanced, this will not happen. so get the tyre fitter to spin up the rims too.

Cheers
Bucky

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Reply By: Damonw - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:27

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 11:27
Apparently the at's don't have the dot!
I did question the fitter about that.

Damon.
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Reply By: Anthony (Vic) - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:26

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:26
When I had the hilux with split rims, I had the same problem (only for the last set of BFG tyres fitted).

The tyre fitter said it was due to the BFG AT's being a tubless tyre on a split rim with a tube fitted.
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Reply By: Col88 - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 17:09

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 17:09
My local tyre dealer told me that BFG have recommended up to 300 gms as being acceptable for the A/T and they regularly have alot of trouble balancing them.

They are by far the most returned tyre, he said. This could be because more of them are sold, but for a tyre that has barely changed since Adam was a boy you would think their tolerances should be tighter than that!
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Reply By: Krakka - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 17:58

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 17:58
Going by all the probs here with the said tyre, I would sell them and buy some Bridgestone MT Duelers. I use these for everyday driving, actually for all driving. Most weight on any rim on my truck is 45 grams.
Cheers Krakka
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Reply By: Bushtrek - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 20:35

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 20:35
Would be worth taking this up with BF Goodrich.
I did and the dealer did as well. Result: BFG say maximum is 200 grams for 275x70-16 on 200mm rims.
My dealer was asked to return 2 tyres to BFG which they tried to fit to my car because they required slightly more than 200 gms to obtain balance.
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Reply By: TD100 - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:04

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:04
i have a set of 285/75/16 BFG Muddies and they vary from 40g to 130gms at worst. Paul
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:53

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 21:53
Damon.
A simple but important test. Jack up the wheel in question until it is about 1mm of the ground then spin the wheel. If it touches the ground you have a bent wheel or the tyres is not fitted correctly. Do not drive on it as it will wear unevenly. Eric.
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