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    Inadequate tires from the factory

    My experience has been bad enough with OEM tires that with my most recent car (22 4Runner) I had the dealer remove the OEM tires and put Michelins on before I even picked it up. Toyota particularly seems to put awful tires on OEM. Which is strange because the rest of their cars are so good...
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    Who makes the best aftermarket black steel wheels ?

    Get OEM ones. I would have never imagined that it mattered who made a simple steel wheel but I learned a few years back that OEM manufacturers seem to do it better. I had a 2011 Taurus and bought winter wheels from the dealer, they were basic steel wheels but had a little Ford logo stamped in...
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    Inadequate tires from the factory

    OEM tires have 3 main purposes: 1. Ride smooth and quiet on a test drive so people buy the car. 2. Last somewhat long, at least long enough to not piss off customers. 3. Be idiot proof. Thats why you don’t see aggressive off-road tires on most Jeeps and trucks. Other than specific special...
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    Would a tire tech balance tires with old weights still attached

    I think that is correct, but I don’t think it’s very common to have a perfect match even with dots lined up. I think just about every brand new car I’ve ever gotten already had weights on from the factory.
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    Would a tire tech balance tires with old weights still attached

    Yeah exactly. At first I thought they split them because of the spokes, but they aren’t adjacent spokes to begin with, and the bigger group of weight is barely behind the spoke at all to begin with. The big chunk of “5fe” ones are right in the visible area, and also they look “perfect” as if...
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    Would a tire tech balance tires with old weights still attached

    Not the greatest pic but you can see what I’m talking about in the circles.
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    Would a tire tech balance tires with old weights still attached

    So I just ordered a new SUV (brand new 4Runner) a few months ago. Instead of keeping the OEM tires, I told them to take those off, put some Michelin X-Ice on the stock rims, then order me some of the TRD rims with Michelin AT2 tires for the warmer months. No problem. I happened to be driving...
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