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pballer2777 06-30-2009 06:59 AM

balancing putty
 
just wondering what kind of putty or other methods guys r using to balance tires. i have some modeling putty, would this work?

WideOpenThrottle RC 06-30-2009 07:04 AM

Most use modeling clay and a tire balancer. Or you can use a old hub if you don't want to spend the cash on a balancer.

jpalessi 06-30-2009 07:06 AM


Originally Posted by pballer2777 (Post 6004573)
just wondering what kind of putty or other methods guys r using to balance tires. i have some modeling putty, would this work?

this is what i use

http://www.gmksupply.com/html/gmk_0103.html

cary 06-30-2009 07:08 AM

I use lead tape you can get it at most hobby shops or golf shops
it works good but the clay looks easier to use don't now how it
holds up I use a Hudy wheel balancer

pballer2777 06-30-2009 07:18 AM


Originally Posted by Qmartin (Post 6004594)
Most use modeling clay and a tire balancer. Or you can use a old hub if you don't want to spend the cash on a balancer.

i have the balancer. just not sure if guys r using putty or tape.

"Smiley" 06-30-2009 07:31 AM

The best way is to use Non Hardening Modeling Clay. You can buy a whole pack for about $2. A pack will last for awhile.

Integra 06-30-2009 07:54 AM

tape for 1/2 off wheel's and putty for zero....i still like tape over putty for the fact i know how much tape i add and how much it weight's....the putty is more hit and miss but does do the trick......if you have a real heavy sided tire like a proline LRP or something the putty needs to be spread out to counteract the heavy side...but with putty you tend to blob it in 1 area causing Another heavy side opposite to the 1st one....so in reality your not helping the tire out that much..this is where the tape comes into play as you can spread out the weight on a much larger surface area to actually balance the tire....Not just Offset the heavy side with putty.....that's how i see it at least. :nod:

pballer2777 06-30-2009 08:39 AM

so were on the inside of the rim do u put it. close to the inside edge, middle or near the outside?

jdeadman 06-30-2009 08:57 AM

I just use ShooGoo it works for me and bonds nicely. also removal is fairly painless

Integra 06-30-2009 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by pballer2777 (Post 6004870)
so were on the inside of the rim do u put it. close to the inside edge, middle or near the outside?



pics are worth 1000 words.

1/2 off
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s...0381243122.jpg


buggy tire but principle still applies with zero off trug rims
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s...SC_0040231.jpg

pballer2777 06-30-2009 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by Integra (Post 6005032)
pics are worth 1000 words.

1/2 off
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s...0381243122.jpg


buggy tire but principle still applies with zero off trug rims
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s...SC_0040231.jpg

cool that helps alot thanks. who makes the tape u use.

Frank L 06-30-2009 09:37 AM

I like the clay it is not as pretty but it's more precise on weight and placement. GMK or racers edge. I get it at amain. It does not come off at all.

Integra 06-30-2009 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by Frank L (Post 6005082)
I like the clay it is not as pretty but it's more precise on weight and placement. GMK or racers edge. I get it at amain. It does not come off at all.



NO WAY is putty/clay more accurate then tape...sorry Frank but i Firmly believe the tape is Way better overall...you can place it where you want...spread it out if need be...and you can measure the piece you put on and remove weight and know how much is there..and its defiantly not going to fall off from a little dust or mud...ive seen piece's of putty go Flying when you blast the inside of the wheel with a good 100PSI.


pballer2777 i get it from a whole sale golf place....you want a 100" roll....Not a folded up piece..some places charge Way too much for so little.

pballer2777 06-30-2009 11:07 AM


Originally Posted by Integra (Post 6005300)
NO WAY is putty/clay more accurate then tape...sorry Frank but i Firmly believe the tape is Way better overall...you can place it where you want...spread it out if need be...and you can measure the piece you put on and remove weight and know how much is there..and its defiantly not going to fall off from a little dust or mud...ive seen piece's of putty go Flying when you blast the inside of the wheel with a good 100PSI.


pballer2777 i get it from a whole sale golf place....you want a 100" roll....Not a folded up piece..some places charge Way too much for so little.

when i go to get it from a golf place what do i ask for?

Jaz240 06-30-2009 11:13 AM


Originally Posted by pballer2777 (Post 6005438)
when i go to get it from a golf place what do i ask for?

Lead tape

Integra 06-30-2009 03:12 PM


Originally Posted by Jaz240 (Post 6005464)
Lead tape



yupper's but in a 100" roll form...dont let them sell you the folded up piece that's only like 18" long...it wont get you that far.

Chris__RC 06-30-2009 03:41 PM


Originally Posted by Integra (Post 6006331)
yupper's but in a 100" roll form...dont let them sell you the folded up piece that's only like 18" long...it wont get you that far.

Where do you get the 100 foot roll? I bought a couple packs that were folded and they only last a couple sets of tires, even less if they are Pro-Line. The small packs were $5, how much are the big ones?

Integra 06-30-2009 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by Chris__RC (Post 6006451)
Where do you get the 100 foot roll? I bought a couple packs that were folded and they only last a couple sets of tires, even less if they are Pro-Line. The small packs were $5, how much are the big ones?



Not 100 Feet....100 Inch's...hah I wish i could get 100' Worth...that would be AWESOME...but would also weight a TONNE. :lol:

RMKinWI 06-30-2009 04:14 PM

I use lead tape on buggy wheels, because they are not usually that out of balance. I use putty and lead tape on truggy wheels - putty to get you close and tape to finalize. I do like the tape better, but on truggy wheels you need to use alot of tape to get them balanced - AKA's are better balanced than Proline and seem to hold the balance longer.

I think it's a must to balance your tires - I can tell the difference - exp-specially with the truggy.

Just my .02 cents -

Chris__RC 06-30-2009 04:23 PM


Originally Posted by Integra (Post 6006462)
Not 100 Feet....100 Inch's...hah I wish i could get 100' Worth...that would be AWESOME...but would also weight a TONNE. :lol:

Sorry typed that out wrong. But how much are the 100" rolls?

Integra 06-30-2009 05:25 PM


Originally Posted by RMKinWI (Post 6006574)
I use lead tape on buggy wheels, because they are not usually that out of balance. I use putty and lead tape on truggy wheels - putty to get you close and tape to finalize. I do like the tape better, but on truggy wheels you need to use alot of tape to get them balanced - AKA's are better balanced than Proline and seem to hold the balance longer.

I think it's a must to balance your tires - I can tell the difference - exp-specially with the truggy.

Just my .02 cents -


Aka truggy tire's ive found to be 3g-8g out
aka buggy tires are around .5g-3g 3g being on the extreme

Proline's....well i stopped counting the strips...but its in the range of 18-20g


Originally Posted by Chris__RC (Post 6006594)
Sorry typed that out wrong. But how much are the 100" rolls?


ive paid anything from 4-6$ for a roll. :nod:

Frank L 06-30-2009 09:50 PM


Originally Posted by Integra (Post 6006825)
Aka truggy tire's ive found to be 3g-8g out
aka buggy tires are around .5g-3g 3g being on the extreme

Proline's....well i stopped counting the strips...but its in the range of 18-20g

Have you tried the new proline velocity VTR rims? Or are these numbers for the old rims?

markr04 07-01-2009 07:00 AM


Originally Posted by Frank L (Post 6008181)
Have you tried the new proline velocity VTR rims? Or are these numbers for the old rims?

He's referring to the tires. Proline's tire molds are injected on one side only, which is why they are more unbalanced than others.

AKA, for example, injects on two sides opposite of each other.

Integra 07-01-2009 07:48 AM


Originally Posted by Frank L (Post 6008181)
Have you tried the new proline velocity VTR rims? Or are these numbers for the old rims?



the new VTR's are Night and day over the old POS proline's.....they took around 2-3g at max...granted they were not mine...but they were balanced using the tape and from what i could tell he didn't have more then 2-3g on.....Ill be getting a set within the next week or so.....so ill be able to report back with actual #'s...but i can tell ya they are 10000x better then anything previous from Proline...buddy's truck looked dialed on the track with them and he claimed the traction gained over a set of Citi's was extreme...but then again i did TQ tuggy with 1/2 bald citi/beam combo. :lol:

WYLDTHING 07-01-2009 08:17 AM

For me....typically I use lead tape on my 1/10th scale stuff (since I only race it indoor electric in the winter), and I use the putty on my 1/8th scale wheels. The putty is cheaper, and I use more on the 1/8th stuff. It may not be quite as precise, but when you consider that you usually get some dirt or mud in your wheels anyway, then the putty works fine to get it close. And, the 1/8th tires and wheels don't usually last too long before they are shot, so the cheaper putty makes more sense (cents) to me for those.

Brad


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