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I know what you mean. I had to go out to the shop at one place and show the guy how to mount my wheels on the balancer. He was using a cone too small and it was going down into the center of my hub and the entire assembly was wobbling terribly. I told him what was going on and he said he didn't have any other that would fit. He had a larger one with a shoulder and step down and snap ring groove around the end and he started using it with the same results. I finally told him give it to me and I showed him that the tapered part of the cone wasn't coming into contact with the hub hole, it was jamming the shoulder against the rim. So he got this gigantic cone out and put it on and it shook ferociously. I showed him that it was so big it was hitting the castings where the holes are drilled and tapped for the center caps. He continued to try to force it to work and hold the tire close to the center while tightening the lock. Finally I told him give me the wheels ad let me in my truck. I got an angle grinder out of my truck and knocked off the high spots of the castings that were keeping the cone from going all the way in. At this point, the manager was coming out and telling me they needed me to come in and pay for the tires because it was past closing time. I told him not until I have tires on my truck to pay for. Then they ran out of wheel weights on the last wheel, so they start picking up old weights that got scraped off the rim and trying to stick them on. Now stick on weights have a foam double sided tape on them and when you peel them off, it peels the foam and leaves the tape behind. Yeah, they wouldn't stick but they tried acting like it was ok even though I could see the weights were wobbling and just sitting there. This was at a tire shop in Tallahassee.
GAmes, the wheels from both vehicles are lug centering. Neither have hubs that center on my truck. The reason I say it confirms it's the tires is because the rim runout has been checked and there is no visible runout on the rims. A dial indicator might show a few thousandths, but that would be negligible I believe.
Aburdette, the road force balancing procedure is more involved and requires a more expensive machine that most tire shops don't have, so it does translate to more expense. If I had plenty of disposable cash and disposable space in my shop, I'd get my own tire equipment too. It really does pay to know what you're doing and have knowledge. I do my own work too, used to work for a local Dodge dealership and became ASE certified and Chrysler certified in many areas. It's awkward going to a place of business and then telling them what they need to do and how they need to do what they are in business to do, but that's the way it is these days. People don't know their trade anymore, people can't critically think anymore, they don't care enough to do the job right, the work ethic isn't there, it's sad and I don't know where that's going to steer us as a society over the next few decades but it's worrisome.
96 12 valve club cab lwb 2500 2wd 250k 3.55 gears, 265/75-r16, OFV at 30, no plate, AFC full fwd, HX35 at 35 psi boost, Timing~16.5, 5x11s, 2790 BHAF, Banks hi-flo muffler, 3.5" exhaust, Deleted prefilter & heater, mildly built 47re, billet single TC. KDPF