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Double-Sided Collet 

System5 & System9

The manner in which wheels are designed and manufactured have gone though a few significant shifts over the past 35 years. Today, double-sided Collets are required in order to physically mount all wheels. Old fashioned Cones no longer fit modern OE wheel applications which is why Vibration Solutions no longer manufacture Cones for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks anymore.

●Recommended by most vehicle manufacturers around the world.

● Perfect for plastic-chrome clad wheels.

● Perfect for new SF-type (Shallow Flange) alloy wheels.

● Optimize balancing results on steel and alloy wheels.

Vehicle manufacturers are now installing modern SF-type wheels, as seen in the picture above, as standard equipment on new cars and SUVs. These wheels have a very shallow flange – wheel face where the lug nuts are located – in order to save valuable unsprung weight as well as material cost. These SF-type wheels are spreading like wild-fire on both domestic and import brands due to those two obvious advantages and are expected to become the standard wheel design on virtually all cars and cross-over SUVs within just a couple of model years. Old-fashioned Cones are too long and therefore bottom out inside the wheel bore. The wheel is therefore not properly centered and will spin like an egg, created large remount errors and guaranteed vibration problems.

Another major problem, very similar to the SF-type wheel, has existed for a few years now with plastic-chrome clad wheels. These wheels are actually alloy wheels but with a chrome looking plastic cladding that is literally glued to the alloy wheel surface.

The plastic cladding is centered on the wheel using tabs inside the wheel’s center bore and held in place using an expanding foam glue. The plastic cladding is not replaceable and shops often have to replace the entire wheel for customers if the wheel is damaged during clamping and balancing.

Cracking the plastic is easy to do if a cone is used. If used from the front of the wheel, the pressure from the wing-nut will crack the wheel. Attempting to not tighten the wing-nut as much as normal, only allows the wheel to spin on the balancer, during start up or stopping of the balancing process. Using an old-fashioned cone from the back of the wheel, as has been the correct method for the past 50 years, now allows the long cone to press on the plastic tabs inside the wheel center bore, thereby cracking the cladding.

●  Two systems to choose from – System5 or System9.

●  Greatly improves balancing accuracy compared to high taper cones.

●  SuperFinish™ technology optimizes balancing accuracy.

●  Super hardened OD ensures accuracy for years

●  Medium hardened bore avoids premature wear of balancer’s shaft.

Balancing results are usually much improved when using a double-sided Collet instead of a Cone. The reason is that Cones have fairly high tapers/angles. As the SpeedNut is tightened, thereby pushing the wheel towards the balancer’s face-plate, the wheel must climb up on the Cone or Collet. The higher the taper, the more difficult it is for the wheel to overcome gravity and center properly.

It goes without saying, that heavier wheels therefore have more problems than lighter wheels which coincides with the come-back problems and complaints that shops often endure.

Low taper is not the only factor to consider. In fact, a low taper often work against accurate balancing results. That’s because some manufacturers use a turning center with a single point insert (like a brake lathe) to make the product. This is by far the fastest and cheapest production method.

Unfortunately, that leaves the surface with “hills and valleys” in the material. This roughness bites into softer material – such as the center bore of alloy wheels. The result is that as the wheel cannot unhindered slide up on the taper. Quite the opposite, due to the combination of low taper and high surface roughness, the Collet often sticks inside the wheel as the wheel is removed from the balancer.

Even a high taper Collet with SuperFinish™ out-performs a low taper Collet with average single point surface roughness.

System5 and System9 Collets from Vibration Solutions are precision ground in a temperature and humidity controlled environment to a super smooth surface of under Ra10” (average Ra7.5”). Compare that to competitors that measure as high as Ra64” (almost rough enough to use as a nail file).

Collets will last for a very long time, so choose the best the first time around – choose SuperFinish™.

Some manufacturers simply coat their Collets with a black oxide treatment. Black oxide treatment is great for many things but, by itself, is not a very effective anti-rust treatment. Besides looking nice, this treatment does not have any other benefit.

A far superior treatment, for products like Collets, is hard nickel plating. Certainly a more expensive solution, hard nickel plating offer two main benefits.

• First, hard nickel plating is completely rust-proof.

• Second, our nickel treatment has a hardness of HRc38+. That means that the Collet center bore will not wear quickly and also won’t wear the balancer’s HRc60 hardened shaft prematurely. Perfection!

Finally, our Collets are color coded with clear easy to read text on both sides of the Collet. Easy to use, long lasting, rust proof, SuperFinish – it all amount to a superior product. Made in U.S.A. by Vibration Solutions.

System9
Car, Crossover, SUV, Pickup & Light Truck Kit
E163-xxx-07

System9
Car, Crossover, SUV & Pickup Kit
E163-xxx-08

System5
Car, Crossover, SUV, Pickup & Light Truck Kit
E163-xxx-10

System5
Car, Crossover, SUV & Pickup Kit
E163-xxx-11