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How to balance a tire properly: use the yellow and red dots

March 21, 2018

Every rim and tire is slightly different and all have their unique high, low, light and heavy spots.

On a rim, naturally the spot that is the ‘heaviest’ is where the valve stem resides as the stem adds weight to one side of the rim.

On a tire, its not as obvious because a tire looks uniform all the way around.

Tires are measured and marked from the factory indicating their light spot, and for some tires with their high point for their radial runout/radial force variation.

Yellow indicates the lightest spot on the tire.

Red indicates the high point for the radial runout/radial force variation.

The former is a measurement of weight, while the latter is a measurement of roundness.

Yellow dot only: Align to valve stem

Yellow and Red Dot: The red always takes priority if the rim has a white dot or dimple; in such case align red to white. The white dot indicates the low point for radial runout/radial force variation of the rim.

If there is no white dot or dimple forget the red dot and align the yellow dot to the valve stem.



Following these steps, especially with new tires will ensure the smoothest tire with the least amount of weights needed for balancing.

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