Possible bent wheel via balance?

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Just had my tires balanced. Dealer told me the one was bent and did the best they could. Those wheels were fine before I dropped them off. Can a balance machine bend one if not put on machine correctly?
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Just had my tires balanced. Dealer told me the one was bent and did the best they could. Those wheels were fine before I dropped them off. Can a balance machine bend one if not put on machine correctly?
Absolutely. The bead breaker can bend it if the operator is not careful. I'm not saying they did it, of course, but the possibility does exist.

Edit: I immediately thought the tires were being mounted, too. If it’s balance only, then it’s likely it was bent before. I should’ve read more carefully.
 
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Did they just balance them? OR did you have them switch the tires? From my knowledge it would be hard to bend a rim balancing a tire. They wouldn't be using a bead breaker for just a balance.
Good call. I immediately went to the bead breaker. If it’s balance only, then the rim was likely bent before you went in.
 
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Absolutely. The bead breaker can bend it if the operator is not careful. I'm not saying they did it, of course, but the possibility does exist.

Edit: I immediately thought the tires were being mounted, too. If it’s balance only, then it’s likely it was bent before. I should’ve read more carefully.
Yes the tires were already mounted from Tire Rack. They were fine before I swapped them out . I Havnt installed them on my new Jeep. If it shakes, they had to have done it. Thanks!!!!
 

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How much weight are we talking about on the combo to get the machine to say yes??
 
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How much weight are we talking about on the combo to get the machine to say yes??
I would have to look at the paper if it even says it. He said he did the best he could to balance it. The wheels ran smooth as can be before. I never have them balanced but I figured after 10000 miles I would before I put them on the new jeep
 

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I make flow formed double beadlocks.
Can you expand on all the parts to the equation? Which wheels? Which tires? What size? I can point you in the correct direction to know exactly what's going on if I know the rest of the story.
 
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Can you expand on all the parts to the equation? Which wheels? Which tires? What size? I can point you in the correct direction to know exactly what's going on if I know the rest of the story.
Can you expand on all the parts to the equation? Which wheels? Which tires? What size? I can point you in the correct direction to know exactly what's going on if I know the rest of the story.
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I make flow formed double beadlocks.
Did you count the stack of weights? Are they new tires and new wheels?
 
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I’m not at home now but there were at least 11 squares in a row. Lol Both have less then 10000 miles. Funny thing is one of my other wheels has two rows of 12 and some in top.
 

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I make flow formed double beadlocks.
The only way you're going to know the truth about the wheel is if you peel a tire off of it and spin the thing to see what's up. You can do it on your Jeep in the drive way. Or have the tire shop break it down. I can get into the finer details of how to measure runout should you care.

From looking at the stack of weight I'd believe it could be better. If it drives fine I probably wouldn't worry too much about it.
 

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I’m not at home now but there were at least 11 squares in a row. Lol Both have less then 10000 miles. Funny thing is one of my other wheels has two rows of 12 and some in top.
I had a similar XD wheel on my JK. It didn’t take that much weight to balance them.

I recently had Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT tires in LT275/70R18, which are load range E, installed. They also didn’t require that much weight to balance on my stock 18” Sport Altitude wheels. These are known to be difficult tires to balance. Your KO2s should balance easier.
 
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I guess my main reason for this post was to find out if the dealer may have bent it. It sounds like not. I’m just gonna use it as a spare after I put it on and see if it vibrates. It may have been bent the whole time I was using it but not noticeable. Thanks for all the replies
 
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