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2018 Mazda 6 Aftermarket Wheels
(The title says aftermarket wheels, but I guess really I was using OEM wheels from a different model year)
Hey, so I wanted to start this thread to see if anyone else has challenges:
I went to have to have my 2015 Mazda6 GT wheels installed on my 2018 Mazda6 (was going to use the stock rims as winter wheels). As discovered, Mazda has gone the road of TPMS sensors within the wheels itself for 2018 (previous years of 3rd Gen models, they used the ABS system to monitor wheel rotation).
So I went to the same place I have always gone to over the last 3 years, they have a brand new roadforce balancer. They've balanced 4 sets of my wheels for me flawlessly, always with the smoothest ride ever.
I had them place TPMS sensors (swapped out of the 2018 wheel) in the 2015 Mazda6 wheel and roadforce it. It had miserable vibration at 45mph and higher (I could even feel it at lower speeds). I'm fairly in-tune with tire balance, so I'd consider myself very knowledgable on the subject and identifying it when it's an issue. The place I use, the guy is a former racecar driver, trust me when I say he did this correctly and knows his shit inside and out.
The vibration is in all 4 wheels as determined by rotating them multiple times - it can be felt in the chassis and steering wheel. Re-balanced 3 times using weights in different spots, sticky weights only, and tried a combination of hammer weights as well. The roadforce reads perfectly balanced each time, then go do the test drive and sure as shit, terrible vibration.
Had them remount and balance the stock wheels with same TPMS sensors, car is smooth as glass at all speeds.
The '15 Mazda6 wheels were in use for over a year with perfect balance and no issues. Hell the wheels are still brand new as far as look and feel. This is the absolute damndest thing I've ever come across with wheel balancing. Could this really be from the fact that the TPMS sensors aren't playing nice in the '15 Mazda6 wheel? They're seated properly, no play or anything, and roadforced.
What's your guys' thoughts? Trust me when I say, we freaking tried everything. Every trial and error we could possibly devise.
2018 Mazda6 Signature
- Soul Red/Parchment
Last edited by Chazzy J; 07-05-2018 at 10:56 AM.