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Old 09-30-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Can you guys please post some tips on balancing truggy wheels? I know it's not rocket science and I get the basic concept, but I'd just like to know how others do it and what specifically you use to hold/spin the wheel.

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I run the 8-T and 8B. I bought a set of spare hubs at the beginning of the season and haven't needed them. So I put an axle, bearings, hex drive, and mount up the wheel. Oh, and spare bearings with no seals and graphite for friction reduction. Spin the wheel, wait for it to stop. Put my daughters modeling clay at the top. Spin again. Then take away/add more putty till it's close. Been working well for me since this spring.
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:06 PM   #3
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Can you guys please post some tips on balancing truggy wheels? I know it's not rocket science and I get the basic concept, but I'd just like to know how others do it and what specifically you use to hold/spin the wheel

I had an old Jammin CR RTR buggy and I just took one of the rear uprights off. The RTR uses dog bone style axles so there was no axle sticking out. I also left the rear upper arm attached to the rear upright so I could hold on to it. SO all I have to do is slide the trugy wheel onto the hub and secure it with a wheel nut.

The rear upright still has the bearings, hub and upper arm attached to it.
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Looks like I need to go digging through spares and make sure I have all that. Pretty sure I do.

Do you guys find that you need to balance new wheels/tires or only ones that have already been run for a little while?

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You can balance whenever you feel like. But most of the time, the wheels/tires are imbalanced from the beginning. I've never tried shifting things around before I glue them up. I might try that next time I glue some up.
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I use a spare hub as well to balance tires. Just make sure that the tires are clean and the inserts are dry. The caked up dirt and a wet insert will make balancing inconsistent. You'll have a more unbalanced tire in the end.
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I picked up a used prop balancer from a plane guy on this site. Boy, does that work sweet!
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I'd like to find one of those prop balancers too. But I went broke this month. gotta wait a couple weeks till pay day. LOL. Oh well.
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I'd like to find one of those prop balancers too. But I went broke this month. gotta wait a couple weeks till pay day. LOL. Oh well.

It uses cone shaped deals on each side of the wheel to self center any size wheel/axle. The good ones sping like butta, it is the most consistant and precise balancing method that I have seen. Especially for the money!
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I'd like to find one of those prop balancers too. But I went broke this month. gotta wait a couple weeks till pay day. LOL. Oh well.
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VERY IMPORTANT GUYS.....After glueing....Spin the tire's up on the truck and get the foams seeted where they want to be....Then U can go ahead and balance.
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VERY IMPORTANT GUYS.....After glueing....Spin the tire's up on the truck and get the foams seeted where they want to be....Then U can go ahead and balance.

Good thing you said this i was about to. I usually drive my newly mounted up tires around for 1 tank of fuel before balancing, just to get everything seated up where it wants to go.

Balancing is almost mandatory if you run premounts. I tend to run these when i can get them cheap, plus i hate gluing tires. But they are horrible about being balanced for some reason.
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An airplane prop balancer (spin) is cheap and effective. You can use JB Weld, epoxy putty, poster adhesive, etc. You can even glue lead if you're daring.

Be aware that if you use a material that doesn't harden, or isn't dry, you may pick up extra weight when the dirt sticks to it. Any balancing is better than none. It's not a perfect science because of the offset (how far in our out of the tread width you place the weight). Just take care to make your efforts worthwhile. Balancing does matter.
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Truggy tires and wheels are more often out of balance than in balance. Dinamite makes a nice tire balancer not too expensive. spin the wheel on the balancer wait till it stops then mark it at the bottom with a marker . AKA pre mounted has a green dot which can be used if you like. spin the wheel again see where it stops. if it stops in the same place every time you spin it that is the heaviest part of the wheel. put some weight tape or putty or even pla-do
on the opposite side of your mark inside the hub . spin the wheel again and again at least 4 to 5 times. If it still ends up with the mark at the bottom add more weight. The goal is to have the wheel end up in a different spot every time you spin it . This has to be one of the most overlooked parts of the RC set up .
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so the aka truggy premounts are, out of balance when there new?
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