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      12-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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Vibration on a set of new Rims+tires

I just picked up a set of 18" winter tires and wheels (18x8.5/9.5). At high speeds I could feel my steering wheel shake/vibrate. I'm guessing the rims might be slightly bent or something. The manufacturer has agreed to send me a new set of rims.

In the mean time is it okay for me to keep driving with these wheels? (under the condition that my steering wheel is shaking/vibrating at high speeds)
Would it damage my car in any way?

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Maybe they're just not properly balanced
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What tires and rims did you get? I purchased the 18" from BMW (Michelins on M3 Rims) and I also have a bad vibration at any speed over 125km/hr. I have no issues at lower speed. I have been keeping the speeds low until I get it checked out, but I noticed it as soon as I switched to winters with these rims. Let me know what you find out.
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This sounds like a balancing issue, go back and ask them to re-balance the wheels.
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I just picked up a set of 18" winter tires and wheels (18x8.5/9.5). At high speeds I could feel my steering wheel shake/vibrate. I'm guessing the rims might be slightly bent or something. The manufacturer has agreed to send me a new set of rims.

In the mean time is it okay for me to keep driving with these wheels? (under the condition that my steering wheel is shaking/vibrating at high speeds)
Would it damage my car in any way?

Thanks guys.
I may be way off the mark and in no way am I trying to insult anyone's intelligence but you may want to check to see if they tightened all your lug nuts. I was in situation like this with a different car- guy working my wheels forgot to torque all my lug nuts. Needless to say that screw my car up for a while. Do not recommend driving your car in a condition such as your. How fast do you have to drive before you feel the shakes. My shakes were violent and I could feel abrupt feedback through the steeling wheel.
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      12-10-2008, 05:12 PM   #6
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It definitely seems like a balancing issue, just go to the shop you installed the wheels at and tell them it vibrates. They should rebalance the wheel/tire for free.
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