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Discussion in 'Ranchero Tech Reference & Articles' started by beerbelly, Aug 5, 2022.

  1. beerbelly

    beerbelly In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    About tires:
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    I definitely remember seeing those on some of my old tires, but didn't know what they were.
     
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  2. DJ Clinton

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    I just had a spare mounted. The guy at the shop didn't know what the dots were & thought I was crazy to even suggest that the yellow dot should match with the stem. & now I have 6 weights on the rim.
     
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    A friend smarter than me knew it too:
    Yes the red or yellow dot is supposed to be mounted close to the valve stem hole, but many don’t either know it or just don’t care when mounting tires all day long.
     
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    absolutely correct !!
     
  5. plumcolr

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    Thanks for the info. Now I gotta go out and check the one with the red dot I just noticed a couple of days ago.
     
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    Red dot takes precedence over yellow dot. Should be even with valve stem. If no red, then yellow to valve stem.
     
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    Checked my new tires one red (orange?) dot, one yellow (out of 4). Both dots are placed trailing the valve stem by about 90, both have a crapload of weights 180 to the valve stem. I'm guessing the tire dealers are having a hard time getting help, 'cause I ordered the tires which came in less than 3 days, but appointment for install took 2 weeks. They are balanced OK even if incorrectly mounted. Very smooth all the way to 80 (LTs, ford expedition)
     

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