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Anyone know of a reputable tire shop/roadforce balancer in Toronto?

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I just traded in my 2012 Limited in for a 2014 Overland two weeks ago. Probably not a smart move, but it is what it is. Anyway, I have the same dreaded vibration at highway speeds I had with the old one that I chased for the whole year I owned it.

When I took the 2014 out for a test drive, it was smooth. I just came from a 2 hour drive and it is now exhibiting the same vibration characteristics as my previous one - smooth for the first 1/2 hour of driving at all speeds, then progressively worse at around 120 km/h and over. Strangely though, none through the steering wheel this time. I'm so sick of this. The dealership said they rears balanced out properly. I want to have it looked at by an independent shop but, like anyone, I want to be able to trust the job. I keep reading how the roadforce is only as good as the guy doing it.

Anyone have a shop in the Toronto/Mississauga/Scarborough area they can recommend?
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I'll have to take some time and go through the list of shops around here. I want to try and find a proper "tire" specialist shop and avoid a dealership or chain at this point in my life.

Will report back. Probably not for a few weeks or as my schedule allows.
Folks, I want to thank everyone for their interest and reply to my thread. For me, it's become a question of efficiencies, meaning I'll forgo the free and repeated balance checks at the dealer and pay for a proper analysis of my tires as long as I come out of it with a properly balanced set of tires or a document that says tires(s) x,y or z are defective. That's where "reputable" comes in. But the consensus seems to be that a road force balance is what's needed.

Like everyone else, I don't have the luxury of repeated visits anywhere to get this sorted out, and like another member said on another post about the vibration issue, it's the tires. I have to believe he's right even with my limited mechanical knowledge.

Anyway, lots of ideas for me to sift through. Thanks again.
Sorry for bringing up an old thread, but since I started it I thought it might be useful to update the GTA / Toronto area owners. I took a chance at getting my road force balance done at a local Canadian Tire (Lakeshore and Leslie) because it's close by. Well, the vibration is GONE...

Acceleration is smooth up to and past the 120 km/h shake. I know they get a bad rep up here but the shop looks pretty modern and it's busy. The service guy was great and I even got to speak to the tech afterwards who pointed out that my front passenger tire didn't even need a strip of weight by the valve side. Best tires (with the least weight) are up front. I did have to take it back once because a weight fell off but they took me in right away and re-did them all.

Anyway, an FYI for those in the area.
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