Originally Posted by Boxster1971
I installed the rubber stabilizers. They are not that hard to install. When my shop installed mine with a new set of tires they didn't have the rear valves opposite each other. I re-clocked them myself so the valve stems and TMPS sensors were opposite each other on the rear duals.
I didn't have them balanced with the sensors on, but if I do this again I'll probably have them balanced together. I've not had any unusual wear on the rears. But after 60,000 miles the fronts have a slight amount of "cupping" that normally means they are slightly out of balance. It's not enough to notice while driving.
Boxster - many thanks for the response! I am going to ask my tire shop guy to please do his best to put those rubber stabilisers in as I really do want them there!
I think he was trying to talk me out of it as he maybe anticipates that it will not be easy!
A person I emailed at Borg with a few questions did say that installing of the stabilisers was the most difficult on the the Alcoa wheels compared to other styles.
They said it is best to get the installation started at the ends of the hand hold slot and to push on the rubber flange in with a screwdriver or similar to get the insert in place, and that heating the rubber would help.
I'm thinking maybe a little liquid soap applied around the hand hole might help too.
I will at least ask the garage guy to please at least centre the inner wheel valve up well with the outer wheel hand hole while the wheels are stacked on the ground - Ill even bring him a suitable sized pipe to bend the stem as outlined in the Borg instructions!
I imagine this could be a "Bend, check, repeat" thing, so needs to be done with the wheels off the van
I already did give him the Borg instructions and went over them, noting about having the stems opposite each other on the duals - and also using loctite on the stem nuts.
Tried to do this diplomatically so he wouldn't get too p*ssed off with me for being such a smart ass - and he surely knows a lot more about tires and wheels than I do!!
He seemed a decent guy actually, and didn't argue when I told him the folks at Borg told that it was important that the stabilisers be in place!
If despite all this and I still get the van back without the rubber inserts installed along with whatever excuses I may be given (!), then I will do what I can to get them in place myself!
If I have no better luck, then I have my own thoughts of making a simple aluminum clamp arrangement to stabilise those long valve stems to the outer wheels. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't weigh any more than the rubber stabilisers and think would serve the purpose just as well - and should be a lot easier to install!
Hopefully there won't be an issue with the rubber stabilisers!