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    Wheel weights

    Holy crap there are a lot of wheel weights on the front wheels. I counted 9 on the pass side a few less on the drivers side. This tells me these 19"s are not manufactured to very high specs.
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    ^Funny you mention, I noticed the same thing about 10 minutes ago. I have a row of about 7 of them on the passenger front.

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    It gets worse I have 13 on the rear drivers side and only 3 on the rear pass side. That is a lot of correction for a new rim. Not too please about this because I have never in all my years seen anything close to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtl View Post
    It gets worse I have 13 on the rear drivers side and only 3 on the rear pass side. That is a lot of correction for a new rim. Not too please about this because I have never in all my years seen anything close to this.
    This is no doubt tire weight imbalance, not rim!

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    ^Ok, so this just made me go out and count.

    I'm in the lead... 18.. let me type that again: EIGHT-EFFIN-TEEN on the passenger rear.

    Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paris1 View Post
    This is no doubt tire weight imbalance, not rim!
    Whatever it is, it's some serious imbalance.

    Holy smokes.
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    These 19's are MADE IN CHINA. Says so right on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bopper View Post
    These 19's are MADE IN CHINA. Says so right on the back.
    Well that about sums it up.
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    This is not good. We need to find out what is going on while these cars a brand new. Whether tires or wheels it is not acceptable. At some point down the road it may be impossible to balance these wheels as the tires wear. I have owned a lot of cars in my life and I have never seen anything like this. Maybe one or none on a new car. We need to get the word out and contact Mazda. I just emailed my salesperson it will be interesting to see his response. As these not so cheap tires wear they may need even more balancing. Maybe someone knows a person knowledgeable in tire balancing who could give us an opinion.
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    I emailed Mazda USA to see what their reaction is.

    I'll also shoot a call to the dealership where I purchased her.
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    Good, if enough of us complain this early on there may be a satisfactory resolution. I think it is substandard quality. If I would have looked for that when I went to pick it up I would have refused to close the sale.

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    Found this info on TireRack while researching:

    How many wheel weights are too many?

    While there is no industry standard, the general consensus of what is too much weight is when it takes more than 1% of the assembly weight to bring it into balance.

    Let's take a test example of one incident I recently encountered when a customer expressed concern that 15 wheel weights were used on his 19" BMW wheel and tire package. Is 15 weights too many? Let's find out.
    Each stick-on weight is a quarter of an ounce
    15 weights on one wheel = 3.75 ounces
    19x8.5 wheel weight = 27.5 pounds
    235/35R19 tire = 24.0 pounds
    Total package weight = 51.5 pounds or 824 ounces
    1% of that = 8.2 ounces
    15 weights (3.75 ounces total) is very reasonable given the total weight of the wheel and tire in this example. - See more at: http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/make-d....57YCcALA.dpuf
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    Good job, but is still isn't right. I have owned 7 new cars including a previous Mazda, never encountered this.

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    ^Not disagreeing with you. I have heavy 18" wheels on the BMW and one or two per wheel at most.
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    Got the automated email response from Mazda.

    We'll see how long it takes to get a real answer.
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