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Old 02-20-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Is it a good investment to buy tire balancer are they easy to use. my main question is what do u balance them with i wouldnt think u would add weight? i was looking at the dynamite balancer
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Yes it's a great depreciating asset to buy, an investment makes money

One of the best things to have IMO. Yes, you would add weight to the rim. The heavier side will obviously eventually end up at the bottom, you would add counter weight to the other side which would be the top on the inside of the rim.
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Is it a good investment to buy tire balancer are they easy to use. my main question is what do u balance them with i wouldnt think u would add weight? i was looking at the dynamite balancer
I modded a simple Dubro prop balancer, works great and cheap. I balance all my tires/wheels, even recheck them occasionally. Is it needed? Depends on who you ask, usually they dont need much weight but sometimes they need quite a bit. Find this to be true with all brands to. Its worth it to me but I also take maintanence to the extreme.
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Not sure how long you've had an 1/8th scale vehicle, collecting replacement parts etc.

But you can make a wheel balancer out of a rear hub, 2 rear hub bearings, an axle and a 17mm hex wheel adapter with nut.

Mine is made from Losi parts, but should be able to be done with most any brand.

To balance rim, I mount it, spin it slowly and gently shake the wheel (holding the hub). Gentle shaking helps overcome any drag the bearing grease may have and find the true heavy side of the wheel.

I mark the heavy side with a marker and place balance weight on the opposite side, then retest for balance.

I use lead tape used for adding weight to golf clubs and tennis rackets. Usually can find this at sporting goods stores. Last time I got it from a golf store.

Very easy to make. Very easy to use.
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+1 on the drubro prop balancer with a 17mm hex on it.
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I used to balance my tires, but I don't even bother anymore. In back to back comparisons, the difference is neglible if you have a good set of new tires and closed cell foams. If it made a big difference, wouldn't you see the pros balance their tires, in order to shave every tenth of a second off?
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If it made a big difference, wouldn't you see the pros balance their tires, in order to shave every tenth of a second off?
The ones I know of do. I see a HUGE difference ESP. with Truggy tires.
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The ones I know of do. I see a HUGE difference ESP. with Truggy tires.
Agreed. Drake even has a youtube video on it. Buggy tires the noticeable difference isnt as much but truggy tires oh man its night and day.
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