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Old 07-04-2010, 11:45 AM   #16
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http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Wheel-Balancer

This is the balencer I use. I stick one of my spare hubs into the wheel I'm balenceing then put one of the cones on backwards. Works well. Or you could just by the adapter they recommend.

It doesn't use bearings or magnets, it uses low friction blades. Best balencer out there by far.

I've done 1/10th buggy, truck, and coor wheels and 1/8th buggy and truggy wheels with it.




Tires fom may shift, so I rebalence every once in a while. Haveing a good balencer makes this alot easier than some homemade contraption.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:03 PM   #17
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Here is a shot of the Du-Bro, its the one I use 90% of the time.



Here is a shot of the TopFlite unit. Notice how far down the magnets
the shaft is even with a sub 100 gram SC combo. It is VERY accurate
though so I use it for smaller items.



Beyond that you will just need to find some lead tape.

There is a bit of skill involved with this process. Dont get dicouraged
if your first set takes you well over an hour to balance. You will get
faster. It takes me about 10 minutes now to balance a set.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:19 PM   #18
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Here is a shot of the Du-Bro, its the one I use 90% of the time.



Here is a shot of the TopFlite unit. Notice how far down the magnets
the shaft is even with a sub 100 gram SC combo. It is VERY accurate
though so I use it for smaller items.



Beyond that you will just need to find some lead tape.

There is a bit of skill involved with this process. Dont get dicouraged
if your first set takes you well over an hour to balance. You will get
faster. It takes me about 10 minutes now to balance a set.
Thanks, i'll have to purchase one.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:27 PM   #19
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I use the hudy balancer. It's expensive but well worth it. Every time I buy non hudy I end up selling it and buying hudy. The wheels spin forever and there are adapters for 1/8 and 1/10 so all my wheels can be balanced. The best stuff I have found for balancing is the gmk sticky stuff.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ancing-Station


http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...alancing-Putty
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:27 PM   #20
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No doubt Hudy makes some nice stuff,but there always seems to
be somthing else to buy. Get an 1/8 setup station and you have to
buy wheel adapters, get a wheel balancer and again they hit you
with another 20.00 for adapters.

Accuracy is not an issue. The TopFlight unit is so accurate that
it requires you to balance the hub you use on it to get consistent
readings. Because of this its really a pain to use.The Du-Bro is just the right combo of accuracy and speed.

The Only real advantage I can see that the Hudy unit has is clearance
for really large tires due to its single side design.

Lead tape is the only way to fly....

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Old 07-04-2010, 01:44 PM   #21
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I think the Du-bro one is the easiest one to use. Good and accurate but not real touchy. I makes balancing tires easy.
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This may not help, but here goes my perspective on it. Back in the day when pit-crewing on a full-size sprint car, we never bothered balancing wheels. Reason was too many variables, primary of which is dirt/mud loading on the wheel. So, for RC, I just kinda carried that over.

So, yeah, RC disc wheels preclude some of that, but still there is loading on the inside of the wheel. And, tire wear consistency for an agressive (read heavy) tread is not always consistent corner-to-corner. FWIW.

That, and changing track conditions swing so wildly from on-road that it may be an effort in vain.

Me, I don't bother with it. But then I'm not a blue-groove guy. Blue-groove non-chucking is pretty much on-road, so that may offer up the need for wheel balancing.

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Old 07-04-2010, 06:58 PM   #23
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I can attest that balancing makes a huge difference in truggy tires and some difference in buggy tires. Either way I balance them both. True ad soon as they get some mud on them they will be out of balance but I can say that even with mud on the box they don't cause as much vibration when they have been balanced. If the track upsets the suspension then the car is all over the place ao why add to this with unbalanced wheels? I prefeer them balanced it does make a difference.
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I can attest that balancing makes a huge difference in truggy tires and some difference in buggy tires. Either way I balance them both. True ad soon as they get some mud on them they will be out of balance but I can say that even with mud on the box they don't cause as much vibration when they have been balanced. If the track upsets the suspension then the car is all over the place ao why add to this with unbalanced wheels? I prefeer them balanced it does make a difference.


I concur....you'll Never catch me with unbalanced wheels unless its their first run in for "seating"...I feel its 100% critical even for the top brands like AKA/JC/Proline/Panther.
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Frank,

Hit up Home Depot for some Duct sealer. Been using it and works well and is fairly cheap. Might even be pretty close to the GMK stuff. I think a 1 pound bar was two bucks. Look for it on the elec. fittings isle.

+1 on both Frank and Integra's posts. Balancing tires are one of the most important things a racer can do. Though I do get the mud on or in the wheels. Even still I think the benifits out weigh that.

I currently use the DuBro setup. Not the easiest to setup/use as some of the new style balancers out on the market. That is one of the reasons I have been looking to get one of the newer setups. But I am too cheap to get one and the DuBro I have works for me. I used to have one of those Top Flights and loved them. They could just barely do a 1/10th truck tire, but was probably one of the most accurate balancers I have ever used. I think back then it was about the only one around or at least the only one I saw being used. I would suspect the DuBro one has been around a while too.
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well has anyone tried the losi balancer?

i am finding it very hard to find the du-bro balancer in the UK?

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Do truggy tires fit on the Du-bro?
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well has anyone tried the losi balancer?

i am finding it very hard to find the du-bro balancer in the UK?

many thanks

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Go for it....Just Make Sure to blast out the bearing's of All oil and grease and everything should be ducky.
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Do truggy tires fit on the Du-bro?


Yes No problems.
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