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Old 07-04-2010, 04:20 AM   #1
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hi there,

i just made myself a wheel balancer out of a rear hub, aluminium hex drive, bearings and drive axle. i got the idea from one of the threads on here.

but i cant get it to spin long enough to give me an accurate reading. the bearings are used losi bearings and they have been cleaned with degreaser and oiled but they are't smooth enough and it lands on a different place every time?

how can i get the bearings to spin smoother?

many thanks

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hi there,

i just made myself a wheel balancer out of a rear hub, aluminium hex drive, bearings and drive axle. i got the idea from one of the threads on here.

but i cant get it to spin long enough to give me an accurate reading. the bearings are used losi bearings and they have been cleaned with degreaser and oiled but they are't smooth enough and it lands on a different place every time?

how can i get the bearings to spin smoother?

many thanks

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Maybe try cleaning them again, with brake cleaner or something that evaporates quickly,then re oil them with wd40 or sewing machine oil,
or maybe if ya dont succeed, just put new bearings on it..good luck...
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Maybe try cleaning them again, with brake cleaner or something that evaporates quickly,then re oil them with wd40 or sewing machine oil,
or maybe if ya dont succeed, just put new bearings on it..good luck...
cheers mate,

my brother has gone racing today and he has taken the brake cleaner for the tires on his touring car so i will try it when he gets home.

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I had the same problem with the one I made and WD-40 was the key to get it to spin freely.
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i cleaned the bearings out with some engine degreaser and i tried to balance the wheel. but i got some problems..

1.but when i got the wheel so the bluetac that i was using to balance the wheel was at 270/90 degrees. but when i spun the wheel again it was different?

2.i also noticed that on videos i watched on youtube the wheel would swing from side to side before it would drop to its heaviest point, but mine doesn't?

is it because the bearings are not smooth?

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Just get a Dubro large prop balencer. It deosn't use magnets so it can handle large buggy/truggy tires.
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no need too make or buy a balancer, you can do it on your truck or car
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I would just get the one from Dynamite, their about $20 and work great on buggy and truggy tires.
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i didn't really want to go buy one and i saw someone using a complete rear hub. so i tired it and it works well.

the only problem i am having is it spinning nices and smooth and free, i will try some wd40 but my dad has some in his van but he has gone out. but how do i get the bearings to spin so smooth?

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Sounds like you could use a couple new bearings at a dollar each and be done with your problem. And have a couple spares in a pinch .
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i have given up on using a rear hub as a wheel balancer, it is just not accurate enough.

so i will try and make a balancer that requires no bearings, does anyone have an idea or even a picture?

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no need too make or buy a balancer, you can do it on your truck or car
how exactly do you do it on the car ?

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i have given up on using a rear hub as a wheel balancer, it is just not accurate enough.

so i will try and make a balancer that requires no bearings, does anyone have an idea or even a picture?

many thanks

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Save yourself the hassle Lewis and go buy a proper wheel balancer....you'll be kicking yourself after for not doing it sooner.
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Save yourself the hassle Lewis and go buy a proper wheel balancer....you'll be kicking yourself after for not doing it sooner.
Nick do you happen to have a picture of your Dubro setup? I've always been curious how they work for balancing tires.
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Get one of these
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Wheel-Balancer

Use your old hub as the adapter on the shaft.

For weight, head down to a local golf shop and get yourself some
lead tape. Its about half the price that Amain sells it for.
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Cory, I will see if I cant get a pic up for you.

I have two different ones, the DuBro that I linked to and another
that uses magnets instead of bearings. It works well and is very
accrurate but will only just barely do a truggy wheel.

The du-Bro is the most versitile and easy to setup.
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