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Old 12-27-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
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I just purchased a set of rims which come with tires.

Just wondering where do you usually go to change/swap your rims? How much for each usually? (and yes, I know I can do this myself..oh well..I got not jack and exp though)

Also, do I have to balance the tires again? Alignment needed?

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If they balanced your rims when they installed the tires you don't need to balance them again. You can literally have any shop install them for you. Also, you SHOULD have a jack (check trunk where spare tire is). Just make sure when you're putting the rims on that the tires are facing the correct direction (should say which direction the tire should be rotating when you put it on). Theres not much to it changing your rims.
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Hi guys...
A noob question
I just purchased a set of rims which come with tires.

Just wondering where do you usually go to change/swap your rims? How much for each usually? (and yes, I know I can do this myself..oh well..I got not jack and exp though)

Also, do I have to balance the tires again? Alignment needed?

thanks!
Any shops can do it, just call in for a quote.
You don't need to balance the wheels again if the previous person the mounted the tire balanced it.
You don't need to get a wheel alignment unless the ride height has changed.

DIY is the way to go. Pick up a jack, jack stands, and a torque wrench and you're good to go. Never too late to learn how to change a set of wheels.
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Beyond even just putting on a new set of rims, you should learn how to change your tire just in case you ever get a flat.
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Any shop can do it in less than 5 minutes.. But really all the tools you need should be with your spare tire in your trunk..

Are you sure the wheels will fit on your car? I always like to put one of the wheels I'm buying on my car before I buy them, to make sure all the offsets are correct, etc..
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Any shop can do it in less than 5 minutes.. But really all the tools you need should be with your spare tire in your trunk..

Are you sure the wheels will fit on your car? I always like to put one of the wheels I'm buying on my car before I buy them, to make sure all the offsets are correct, etc..
ya, Ive checked forums. People have done this set up numerous times.
Ya, gonna watch some youtube tutorials tomorrow then hit up Canadian Tires.
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ya, Ive checked forums. People have done this set up numerous times.
Ya, gonna watch some youtube tutorials tomorrow then hit up Canadian Tires.
Here's a basic DIY of how to change a tire:
1. Park on level ground.
2. Chalk the wheels, I can't stress the importance of this enough.
3. Loosen, but don't remove, the lug nuts of the wheel your about to change.
4. Place the jack under the factory jacking points, it should show the location of them in the manual.
5. Remove the wheel and put the new wheel on.
6. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern, don't tighten them by going around clockwise.
7. Idiot check, there's nothing left under the car, lower it back to the ground.
8. With the car on the ground, put the final torque on the lug nuts. If you only have a ratchet or breaker bar I suggest you use the handle of your jack as a cheater pipe to get the lug nuts tight enough.

Congratulations on your first DIY, we all start somewhere.

I was at Canadian Tire yesterday and they had blue 2 ton jacks on for $20, I have the exact same one and it works great.
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I got a fail for asking a legitimate question? really? lol....
you're lucky you got one fail instead of rows of them.
can't change your own cars wheels? you serious bra?


it's not even a dirty job, straight forward and simple......
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can't change your own cars wheels? you serious bra?


it's not even a dirty job, straight forward and simple......
thats why I asked? There is always a first time?
You figured out how to change wheels on your own?Without any help? Props to you.
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Here's a basic DIY of how to change a tire:
1. Park on level ground.
2. Chalk the wheels, I can't stress the importance of this enough.
3. Loosen, but don't remove, the lug nuts of the wheel your about to change.
4. Place the jack under the factory jacking points, it should show the location of them in the manual.
5. Put Jack stands underneath when desired height is reached.
6. Remove the wheel and put the new wheel on.
7. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern, don't tighten them by going around clockwise.
8. Idiot check, there's nothing left under the car, lower it back to the ground.
9. With the car on the ground, put the final torque on the lug nuts. If you only have a ratchet or breaker bar I suggest you use the handle of your jack as a cheater pipe to get the lug nuts tight enough.

Congratulations on your first DIY, we all start somewhere.

I was at Canadian Tire yesterday and they had blue 2 ton jacks on for $20, I have the exact same one and it works great.
Hydraulic jacks or any jacks can fail anytime. Better to be safe and put a pair of stands underneath. Not worth the car crashing down and causing $$$ damages just to save a few minutes.

And yes, crack the lugs loose before you jack it up because when the car is in the air, it can rock the car and well you know what happens lol.
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thats why I asked? There is always a first time?
You figured out how to change wheels on your own?Without any help? Props to you.
Ya bro, shit was unreal.
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it was SOOOOO FUCKING difficult... i was like... putting that shit back on... STAR FISH? STAR PATTERN? what the shit is that...?
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Its very easy, Just grab the correct socket and ratchet. Turn the ratchet clockwise until the nut comes off. Its going to be very difficult at first and you might need an extention on the ratchet for more PWR but the nut should just fall right off afterwards
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Hydraulic jacks or any jacks can fail anytime. Better to be safe and put a pair of stands underneath. Not worth the car crashing down and causing $$$ damages just to save a few minutes.

And yes, crack the lugs loose before you jack it up because when the car is in the air, it can rock the car and well you know what happens lol.
If I use an impact gun, should I still loosen the nuts on the ground? I usually just loosen it out when it's up in the air. (with jack stands of course)

Oh, and I torque it in the air as well... but it gets annoying as the wheel keep on spinning even with e-brakes, so I sometimes ask someone to hold the brakes down
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If I use an impact gun, should I still loosen the nuts on the ground? I usually just loosen it out when it's up in the air. (with jack stands of course)

Oh, and I torque it in the air as well... but it gets annoying as the wheel keep on spinning even with e-brakes, so I sometimes ask someone to hold the brakes down
Impact gun doesn't rock the car back and forth like a tire iron/ratchet/breaker bar which i assume the OP is going to use if he is going to attempt to change his wheels. So yes, you can impact it while in the air.

Having someone stepping on the brakes while torquing is what most people do. But what if no one was there to give you a hand?
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Impact gun doesn't rock the car back and forth like a tire iron/ratchet/breaker bar which i assume the OP is going to use if he is going to attempt to change his wheels. So yes, you can impact it while in the air.

Having someone stepping on the brakes while torquing is what most people do. But what if no one was there to give you a hand?
thanks, i love using my impact gun for loosening the bolts. 2 second job vs. rocking it back and forth for 20 seconds each.

that's what happened last time, so i had to call my friend who lives half a block away.. haha

but i find it iffy to torque the nuts sitting on the ground, what if the wheels are not sitting properly? e.g. dead centered? wouldn't that cause problems?
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thanks, i love using my impact gun for loosening the bolts. 2 second job vs. rocking it back and forth for 20 seconds each.

that's what happened last time, so i had to call my friend who lives half a block away.. haha

but i find it iffy to torque the nuts sitting on the ground, what if the wheels are not sitting properly? e.g. dead centered? wouldn't that cause problems?
I always use to get my lug nuts tight while in the air, but put the final torque on them while on the ground because of the rocking issue. I have an impact now so I do it all in the air, but I'd still like to know the exact right procedure if I'm incorrect.

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Its very easy, Just grab the correct socket and ratchet. Turn the ratchet clockwise until the nut comes off. Its going to be very difficult at first and you might need an extention on the ratchet for more PWR but the nut should just fall right off afterwards
I think you mean counter-clockwise to loosen the nuts/bolts.
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thanks, i love using my impact gun for loosening the bolts. 2 second job vs. rocking it back and forth for 20 seconds each.

that's what happened last time, so i had to call my friend who lives half a block away.. haha

but i find it iffy to torque the nuts sitting on the ground, what if the wheels are not sitting properly? e.g. dead centered? wouldn't that cause problems?
This doesn't apply to you though, just for the OP.
When i said "cracking the bolt's loose" i meant basically stepping onto the tire iron/ratchet/breaker bar for the lugs that you are going to remove while it's on the ground to reduce the chance of the car slipping off the jack stands while trying to un-torque the lugs. Then after the car is raised, just finish off removing the lugs by hand.


Most wheels are seated properly when lug nuts are snug.
Lug centric wheels are seated as the lugs are torqued which is kind of "iffy" to torque on the ground.

I personally won't torque the wheels when the car is on the ground whether it's hub centric or lug centric.

What i do when no one helps step on the brake is, tighten it as much as i can in the air, then lower the car until the the tire is an inch off the ground and wedge a wheel block under the tire, then finish torquing. Takes a bit longer, but that's the safest way i prefer to do.
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