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Old 03-16-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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i was fliping over a buggy when throttle got bliped and it stared to shake
like mad os can some one tell me or all of us is it worth the time and effort
to balance the wheels or will the mud from the track just throw it all off
balance any way
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i was fliping over a buggy when throttle got bliped and it stared to shake
like mad os can some one tell me or all of us is it worth the time and effort
to balance the wheels or will the mud from the track just throw it all off
balance any way
You tell me... do you think the "shaking like crazy" only happens when it is upside down?

Doug "Woodchuck" did my tires for me (I guess he was bored) and it made a big difference... but, that is on a truggy. You decide.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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i just started balancing my tires on my truggy i think it makes a big diff. on long straitways and big jumps thats what i think.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:38 PM   #4
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I've found that buggy AKA's on AKA rims are so close that it's not needed. Sometimes I'll ballance other buggy tires and wheels if I'm board. But if built properly rarely needed. But truggy needs it no mater who makes them.

I've ballanced probibly 500 or so sets of wheels/tires in my day. Mostly for other people though
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
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I just got a dubro prop balancer for balancing proline buggy tires. I balanced with lead tape from a golf store. When I went to the track, I notice I was alot faster and smoother. It didnt feel as "on the edge" as it was without balanced tires. After 10 runs, I put 1 tire on the balancer, and it is unbalanced because of the dirt. So, on paper balancing makes a difference, but once you run alot dirt gets caked on and the tire becomes off balance. I did notice that I was extremely fast on the first 3 runs, but got slower and slower each run after 10 which is probably because of the tires unbalancing.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:10 PM   #6
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I need to start doing this with my truggy wheels. Track is usually run watered and one day a little to much was put down. With the clay content of our dirt it made everything stick and oh man handling went down the crapper. I know it will not be end all be all but it will give me more leeway before it gets really bad in that kind of situation.
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I made a wheel balancer myself out of some wood and a peace of 8mm metal rod. It works great on truggy tires and anything smaller.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:01 PM   #8
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I use the Hudy Wheel Balancer on ALL wheels and tires. It makes a huge difference. I notice the truck is more consistent after I balance the wheels, besides if your automobile is shaking at freeway speeds you take it in and have the wheels balanced, and when you buy new tires for that full size auto they always balance them its a no brainier. Balance those wheels you will smile around the track.
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I have a question about balancing tires. It seems as when I would get it balanced "fairly good," I would spin it, and it would stop. At the place it stopped ,it would move back and forth just a little bit. But I would put it on the opposite side, and it would barely move. So does this mean the tire is balanced, or close enough, or does it HAVE to be where it spins, then doesnt rock at all?
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I have a question about balancing tires. It seems as when I would get it balanced "fairly good," I would spin it, and it would stop. At the place it stopped ,it would move back and forth just a little bit. But I would put it on the opposite side, and it would barely move. So does this mean the tire is balanced, or close enough, or does it HAVE to be where it spins, then doesnt rock at all?
i call it good when the tire will "stay" no matter ware i stop it at.
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i call it good when the tire will "stay" no matter ware i stop it at.
Thats what I mean. I can move it to any point, and at some points it will move a couple mm, but generally it just feels like it "wants" to move, there is such a little difference in weigh. I was also wondering how far you spread your lead tape apart.
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It is absolutely important to balance your tires. Most people at our track do it. I remember the first time I did it to a set of used tires, it just felt like I had more grip, like I had changed to a better tire. It is noticeable. The tires stay surprisingly in-balance too. I have checked sets that I have ran for several weeks, and they were still in balance. If you get mud caked inside and that throws off the balance, well just clean it out.
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I was also wondering how far you spread your lead tape apart.
i use plumers epoxy, i started with that and have never changed.

how i balance,,,

i let the wheel stop at heavest point at bottom
use xacto blade to rough up the area ware i'm putting the epoxy
add or subtract epoxy to get it to stop at the 9 or 3 o'clock position
then add at new lite spot. (generally, it takes very little)

over time you will get a gut feeling of how much to use.
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I just started to balance mine, after a long time thininking it was a waste, It is worth it.
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Balancing is Crucial Even for the Infamous Aka Tires....ive found the buggy's consistently need from .6g to 1.6g to balance out....truggy aka's are anywhere from 2.6g to 4.5g and on the extreme end 6g...they are pretty balanced...but still require some attention. 1/2 off rims you use the tape....zero off you can use putty or tape.

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