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This is a discussion on Steering shaking within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; I just installed some rims and had them balanced, but the steering wheel shakes violently once I hit 50 and ...

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    Steering shaking

    I just installed some rims and had them balanced, but the steering wheel shakes violently once I hit 50 and makes it almost undrivable. The steering wheel goes from left to right very quickly, I can't figure what it could be. Help??

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    Was in the tire and rim business for a long time and I would say that either you have a bent rim or they did a terrible job balancing those tires!!!

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    It was a friend that did it. Thing is the tires been mounted for over 2 days and its held pressure, drives fine up to 45 MPH, and it also balanced fine, but could a rim be bent? He said the rims all seemed fine so that left alignment on my list of troubleshooting maybe because it only starts after 45 MPH

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    Yes i can almost promise they are not balanced right i would have them rotate them around and if you feel the vibration in your seat then i would say more than likely its going to be a bad balance.

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    Okay thanks man, then i'll go to a shop as much as i'd rather not and just have them balance them again. The steering wheel's also going rapidly left to right, not as much vibrating. I don't know if that info would make a difference in troubleshooting. Seeing how the rim seems fine, should I rule out a rim being bent? Or wait to see how balancing goes? And should I do an alignment while i'm at it? I switched from 16's to 17's if it makes a difference at all
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    I would just wait until they rebalanced them and go from there!!!

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    You might want to check for uneven treadwear while you're at it.

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    I hope you're spin balancing them.

    And are they using taped on or rim mount weights?

    I had a wheel weight come off and it did like you're describing.

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    Yeah, they've been spin balanced, my friend did it once and didn't notice its pulling different numbers everytime. They used rim mount weights, which i'm not a fan whatsoever. Plus I found out it's a rim thats bent. Such a slight one that it only shows up after 45 MPH, so now I need 1 ZR1. My life sucks. Thanks for the help guys

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