Hoffman Power Weight has the market covered in wheel weights. Acquired in 2009 as part of the Wegmann Group, they have a wheel weight for virtually any automotive wheel, whether it’s a steel truck rim, a hyperlight racing rim or a high-style floater to fit your donk. Our CARiD customers love to sound off on their experiences using Hoffman weights. You wouldn’t think the wheel weight business was tech-driven, but the proliferation of wheel types has made it so.
- Hofmann®380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weightsfrom $3.37
Why do we need wheel weights? In spite of the best efforts of the wheel and tire industries, the round things aren’t always perfectly round. A minor imbalance, even one too minor to feel, can cost you tread life, reduce grip while cornering or braking, and wear out suspension components prematurely. A proper spin balance will not only even out radial irregularities in weight, but also cure a wheel/tire combo that wobbles even though it looks and measures perfectly true. Don’t get new tires without balancing them on a proper spin-balancing machine.
In 1949 when Hoffman created the wheel weight industry, there was basically one type of wheel weight needed: they were made out of lead, and clipped onto the steel rim. A half-dozen different-size weights did the job. Today, there are dizzying array of rim profiles between the car manufacturers, making stocking the right weight problematic. Environmental considerations are making traditional lead weights a thing of the past, as they’re already illegal in Europe and many states. Zinc has become the alternate of choice, although there are some less-expensive steel weights on the market.
Zinc is an excellent choice, better than steel. Imagine what could happen if a steel weight fell off accidentally, and lodged in the brakes? No brakes at all, or a locked-up wheel. Lead or zinc weights aren’t strong enough to lock up the wheel or prevent the pads from moving, so there’s no problem. Steel is prone to rusting, especially when used on alloy wheels driven on road salt or near the ocean. While zinc will corrode, It corrodes away instead of corroding away the wheel surface – and it’s not orange when it does. It gets better yet: Hoffman 380 weights are powdercoated to keep the corrosion at bay, and look good doing it. You can match or contrast he wheel weight color to your rim or your vehicle.
| Posted by Alex | (Norton, OH)
So far the weights have been great about 3k on new wheels and tires since installed. Nice to have this option!
- Popular HOFMANN Part Numbers
- HOFMANN® H380 - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights
- Hofmann® H380-STRIP - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Strip (Silver)
- Hofmann® H380BK-STRIP - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Strip (Black)
- Hofmann® H380CH-STRIP - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Strip (Chrome)
- Hofmann® H380AN-STRIP - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Strip (Anthracite)
- Hofmann® H380-BOX - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Box (Silver)
- Hofmann® H380BK-BOX - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Box (Black)
- Hofmann® H380CH-BOX - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Box (Chrome)
- Hofmann® H380AN-BOX - 380 Type Zinc Adhesive Weights Box (Anthracite)