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Re: Wheel weights

Hi John,

I'm not sure how to balance those wheels more permanently. I *am* however
pretty d**n sure that those wheels are the ones I'm looking for for my '88
Audi 80!
Oh... how I want them... gulp... well, OK. I have the pressed steel wheels
as well, but mine have the European standard plastic wheel covers. Pretty
they ain't, but hey, it's better than nothing. Aren't they available from
some source where you live? Over here they're just dealer items. (Some
people seem to lose them on a regular basis- can't figure out why. You'd
need a crowbar to get them off!)

Bye, Tom.
1988 80 1.8S FWD

I have a 1988 90 Quattro with the original aluminum 4-bolt wheels. These
are the same wheels as the 5KQ 5-bolt of that period (full circle with 5
shallow slits around the outer edge with a pop-off cover in the centre with
an Audi logo). I have had the wheels balanced too many times. The reason is
that all of the tire installers have advised me that I cannot mount the
clip-on type weights because there is not enough bead around the rim to
retain the weight. Their solution is to use the adhesive weights which last
about a week or two in the mud and snow of rural Ontario, Canada. Without
weights, a shimmy develops in the front end as would be expected.

My solution was to use the Audi pressed steel rims. Works great...haven't
lost a weight in a year but the look of a pressed steel wheel without a
cover for the bolts is something to be desired. Another Audi owner stopped
my wife to tell her that the pressed wheels were the ugliest wheels he has
ever seen on an Audi. I agree.......I want the aluminum wheels back. Any
ideas on attaching weights more permanently without screwing them to the
wheel.???? :)

   Tom W. Nas, graphic design                        tnas@dtpdirect.nl
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