AKRON (Oct. 11, 2005) – International Marketing Inc. has developed an alternative to lead wheel weights that incorporates its knowledge of wheel balancing into a tape-on wheel weight that offers true dynamic balance.
Marketed as XACTBalance, the new wheel weights use a dynamic medium housed inside a thermoplastic shell. This medium – essentially a small diameter metal shot – moves and adjusts to changing conditions as the tire rotates, IMI said, targeting the location of the imbalance and correcting it.
XACTBalance uses the principles of dynamic balance IMI has developed in the past 14 years with its Equal wheel balancing medium for truck tires.
IMI is offering the new weights in 12 sizes – from 7 grams (0.25 ounce) to 95 grams (3 ounces) – which should allow dealers to trim their inventories of weights, according to IMI President Bob Fogal Jr., who said there are as many as 173 SKUs of lead wheel weights available.
The tape-on design of the new product allows the technician to place it in the wheel's interior, out of sight, thereby satisfying customers' aesthetic tastes and addressing the restrictions created by flangeless wheels, Mr. Fogal said.
IMI began working on the product a few years ago when the issue of getting lead out of the environment first came out, initially in Europe and now increasingly in the U.S. as well, Mr. Fogal said.
In fact, IMI is marketing XACTBalance with the line, “Get the lead out.”