I already have the adhesive style California non-lead weights for balancing alloy wheels but I'm (static) balancing a set of steel wheels from a Toyota SUV this weekend where I probably would best be using clip-on weights.
Researching the process by watching all the youtube videos on how to use the bubble balancer, the process of determining where and how much weight seems to be as easy as using a traditional (offset) balance scale.
1. Use the head of the HF wheel balancer to find a flat spot 2. Put the head on the post and zero the inner bubble with 3 screws 3. Remove all weights and debris from the tire/wheel assembly 4. Place the tire/wheel assembly on the HF bubble balancer 5. Determine balance weight by placing weights to level the bubble 6. Mark the weight and position of the weight on the tire or wheel 7. Divide the weight amount in half for each position on the wheel 8. Clip half the weight on both sides of the rim at the desired position 9. Put the best balanced wheels on front, and the worst in the trunk 10. Test drive up to 80mph (if possible) & dynamic balance if it vibrates
My only question at the moment is which kinds of weights to buy. Googling, it seems "Perfect Equipment" sells a lot of the weight out there.
For example, here is a $17 50-piece set on Amazon: 3/4OZ P TYP WHLWT BX/50 (Amazon.com product link shortened) But they're all 3/4 ounce, and I probably need fewer weight with better variety.
O'Reilly seems to sell Perfect Equipment weights: http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/cat/Wheel+Weights+%26+Accessories/C1982/C0337.oap?mn=Perfect+Equipment
But you have to know what you need as there are multiple types, some of which say "Not Legal For Sale In California, Illinois, Maine, New York, Washington and Vermont" where I am.
Since lead is not an option, there are only "steel" or "zinc". Which would you use? Why?
The choices in "types" seem to be: 1. AW Series, Steel or Zinc, Coated 2. FN Series, 5g Steel or Zinc, Coated 3. IAW Series, 5g Steel or Zinc, Coated 4. MCS Series, Steel or Zinc, Coated 5. TZ Series, 0.25 Oz. Steel or Zinc, Coated
What type of weight is used for a Toyota SUV steel wheel? http://i.cubeupload.com/0D6Lnt.jpg
I know there are special tools, but do you just use a hammer and chisel? Or are the special attachment/removal tools mandatory?