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Old 04-10-2019, 01:30 PM
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Hello, I'm just getting in to 1/8 off road and I was wondering if tire/wheel balancing is really done all that much?
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It is, But the balance is off as soon as you start collecting dirt on the tire, or hit things and bend the wheels.
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Do you rebalance often?
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For a normal occasional club racer, you probably won’t notice the difference and/or justify the cost. If you’re super serious and look for every possible advantage, then yes go for it. My .02 cents.
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Tires used for high speed to benefit from being balanced simply because they will run smoother and truer at speed. For lower speeds and jumping, it’s not all that beneficial, but the bearings will last a bit longer if you run balanced tires. Also, the bigger the tire, the more pronounced the imbalance will show.

I just balanced a set of Jaco foam tires for a Jato project. One was way heavy in one spot and the last one I did was darn near spot on. I think the dollars spent on a balanced is well worth it if you want to keep wear and tear down a little bit. I use a Dubro balancer like this: https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...oaAgrzEALw_wcB It’s FAR better than the cheap magnetic balancers which are often not right. The cones on the balance shaft do not hold very well and even the slightest bit of looseness gives a false reading.
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