"Heweka Adapter"

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by wakeskatecraig, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. wakeskatecraig

    wakeskatecraig New Member

    I've read through the thread about shaky steering wheel at highway speed. People say the Toyota wheels can't be properly balanced without this "Heweka Adapter" (uses lug holes vs. center hole)

    I've been to 4 dealerships and spoken with not only the desk folk but mechanics as well and all have looked at me like I'm speaking Latin.

    What's the deal with said adapter? It can't be extremely crucial if 4 BIG dealerships in the DFW Metroplex have no idea what I'm talking about.

    So anyone with experience, is the road force balance good enough? Is this adapter a real thing? If so, and it is crucial, anyone know of a dealership in North Texas that has said adapter?

    Factory Wheels with Bridgestone Dueler H/T
    265/65/R17

    Currently has the clip on weights and tires have about 35% tread left.

    The truck is new to me and has 170K on it, I'm going to rotate and balance either way, just am curious how necessary road force balance and this mystical adapter are. I'd rather get it done right first try.

    Thanks for any info. View attachment 12148
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Sounds like BS.
     
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  4. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    First thing is what tires are you running, size and brand? From what I've seen the heweka adaptors are more of a 4Runner thing. If you have aftermarket wheels. Do you have hub centric rings? They may be needed to get the wheels to mount right on your hub. Some aftermarket wheels have a larger hub spacing and the wheel can shift slightly causing vibrations at higher speeds.
     
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    wakeskatecraig

    wakeskatecraig New Member

    I meant to add that info..

    Factory Wheels with Bridgestone Dueler H/T
    265/65/R17

    Currently has the clip on weights and tires have about 35% tread left.
     
  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    I just read your update... It sounds like you haven't tried rotation, balance. I'd try that if it still does it might try alignment and it might be time for some new tires.
     
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    wakeskatecraig

    wakeskatecraig New Member

    I have not, but that's the plan, I'm just hesitant to get a basic rotate/balance vs. going somewhere offering the road force balance. Definitely going to get it aligned as well but figure I'll start with rotate/balance and go from there.

    A set of BFG A/T KO2's are in the plans when I have $1200 to spare.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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  8. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Discount tires will have the best price on BFG's and in the beginning of September they will have a Labor Day sale.
     
  9. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    U need the 10ply?
    Just asking cuz i got a set of tracs for $900 at americas tire.
    Mounted, balanced, and 3yr road hazard replacement, not that prorated crap.
     
  10. billssr5

    billssr5 Well-Known Member

    Factory aluminum alloy wheels are lug centric, factory steel wheels are hub centric. I had similar issues with my 2004 TRD truck, had Hunter road force with haweeka done and replaced the steering rack bushings with Energy suspension Poly bushings. it wasn't till I replaced the Firestone destination AT tires I had with Michelin AT2 tires that the truck ran like a dream, in most cases its the quality of the tires that give the highway shimmies.
     
  11. sla

    sla New Member

    You are correct, make sure to have the tires hub centric balanced with the Hunter road force balancing machine and adapter. Go to their website and find closest location to you, call and double check they know exactly what you need.
     
  12. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    I bet it's your tires. Unless you have a bad wheel. Has it always had this problem since you put the tires on?
     

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