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      05-17-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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Did I get a bum BMW OEM wheel?

My e92 came with black model 359 ZCP wheels. I damaged the passenger front rim, and decided to replace it with a new one (I'll use the damaged one as a spare). The new one arrived and I had the tire from the damaged wheel put on the new one and it was balanced and mounted.

The new wheel has 6 silver weights just inside the spokes along the inside of the rim. None of my other wheels have those silver weights there. They stand out like a sore thumb.

What's up with that?

Is this a damaged wheel that was repaired, and therefore is so out of balance that it requires 6 weights? I paid full price for it ($1000 mounted balanced and installed).

Do the other wheels likely have weights on them too but they are better concealed?
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      05-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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If your other wheels don't have weights you'll be needing tires real soon. You're looking at a normal wheel..........Phil
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Hit it with some of that high temp bbq spray paint to cover the weights.
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I made sure the shop used the 3M wheel weights which are OEM, but you could easily mask that up and spray them
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I made sure the shop used the 3M wheel weights which are OEM, but you could easily mask that up and spray them
Can you tell me more about these 3M wheel weights? Are they painted the same color as the wheel? Are they applied before the wheel is painted so they get the same color as the wheel?

If I'm paying full price for an OEM wheel at my BMW dealership, why shouldn't they give it the same treatment and use the weights you are referring to if they are also "OEM"?
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Spraying them or otherwise "masking" doesn't seem easy to me.

The trick would be in matching the color and reflectivity/shine of the matte black wheel finish, and wouldn't that be quite difficult?
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They used lead weights which imo are cheap looking. Here is a pic of the 3M and a link

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...Wheel_Weights/

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Oftentimes a wheel balance issue, where an excess number of wheel weights need to be used, is due to the tire and not the wheel.

I also had silver wheel weights on my black OEM GTS wheels. I solved the problem by making them black with a black sharpie permanent marker. Easy to do, no masking off involved, and the color has held up over two years.

Also, for the future, consider getting wheels or other parts from a reputable online source like Turner Motorsport. I got my genuine/real/authentic 359 GTS wheels from them for roughly $600 a piece. Dealer markup is absolutely outrageous.
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      05-19-2013, 10:00 PM   #10
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They're wheel weights, no need to worry about them, they serve a purpose. Just drive the car and be happy.
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