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not balancing ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Dec 14, 2005.

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Can I get away with not balancing tires?

  1. Yes, don't worry about balancing them.

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  2. No, you must or you will burst into flame.

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  3. I nekkid

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  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    I'm gonna get 33x12.50x16.5 Bias TSL's for Christmas. I'm gonna mount them on stock 16.5x6.76" wheels. Would it damage anything or have any harsh consequeses if I just save money and don't balance them at all? This is not a daily driver. I don't mind it riding rough, but I don't want the to wear down obsurdly fast or rattle anything untill it breaks.
    So can I get away with it?
    thanks,
    James
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    i dont balence my bias tires and thay are 38" tires. if you want to the best i have seen and road on is a old school bubble balence for the bias swampers.
     
  3. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    I hav gone about 3 years without balancing any of my tires. So far the ride has been fine. The only way i would consider balancing is if i was planning on doing lots of street driving.

    4-35x12.50 X-Traaains
    4-35x12.50 BFG MT
    4-36x12.50 Military OZ
     
  4. JIMs70K25

    JIMs70K25 1/2 ton status

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    I made several attempts to balance the 33" TSLs I had on my GMC, and through up my arms and just lived with the vibrations. When i swapped them for some 35" BFG ATs, I only bubble balanced the fronts and they were alot smoother.
     
  5. Inu-Hanyou1776

    Inu-Hanyou1776 1/2 ton status

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    Balancing 'em depends on what kind of trails and off-roading you're going to do. I voted to go ahead and balance them because when I first saw your poll, I mistakenly assumed your rig's a DD. For rock-crawling and other times where wheelspeed is going to be low, you could probably get away with it, but if you spend any time in the mud or on the sand, definitely do it since when mud and sand running you need lots of wheelspeed to keep yourself moving and from getting bogged down.
     
  6. 78Suburban

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    I will be having wheel speed. So what will happen if I have a lot of wheel speed and they aren't balanced? will it damage anything, or just be a rough ride?
    thanks,
    James
     
  7. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Being offroad to begin with is a rough ride. Save you money if you don't DD it
     
  8. Inu-Hanyou1776

    Inu-Hanyou1776 1/2 ton status

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    Your components probably won't last as long, but unless you get the wheels up to insane speeds I just see parts wearing out at an accelerated rate. That's not to say parts won't ever break. You let 'em get worn enough from vibration beating things to death and they will eventually break no matter how careful you are.

    Anyway, I'm a control freak, and the vibration and wheel shimmying from not balancing 'em and going mud or sand running would get old quickly so I'd balance 'em for the sake of not having to fight the steering wheel any more than I already would be while running in mud or sand.
     
  9. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    You probably don't want an old truck then .

    Not being mean or anything .

    I just drive mine to work everyday with balanced all terrains and a CV shaft , and I can tell ya , it ain't no Caddilac .

    Hes not driving on the street much , so it shouldn't hurt him . Although I advised him to anyway .

    I never balanced my trail rigs tires , but then again , since I scrape half the weight off anyway each trip out in the DD , I doubt the trail rigs weights would even make it the first trip :wink1:
     
  10. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Alright. That's really enough with the nekkid crap.
     
  11. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    You are in MI , have 4.5 Chevy's , and don't like nekkid ????




    J/K man
     
  12. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    It's cold. It's snowy. Many chevy's in the garage. It's a given. I just would like to see something more orginal in the off-canter poll choice.:laugh:
     
  13. 78Suburban

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    :confused: Why does any poll I make lately come out to be a DEAD tie
    I wanna hear a few more opinnions ;)
    Thanks,
    James
     
  14. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Mabey everyones nekkid?
     
  15. Leper

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    Go buy 4 pounds of airsoft or softair plastic BBs. Put a pound in each tire and never worry about it again.

    Besides, if you have a bunch of mud on your tires/wheels, the balancing weights will not do you any good anyway.
     
  16. 78Suburban

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    Would it be ok to balance small tires with those airsoft BB's? Where can I buy them?
    Thanks,
    James
     
  17. pauly383

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    Right now I'm torn between either NOT BALANCING THEM AT ALL
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    USING AIRSOFT BB's......... I wonder if I would be better off with the .12 or .2 g bb's? wonder how many my 33" TSL's would need?
    thanks,
    James
     
  19. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    I don't bother balancing the 42's on my Suburban. I drive it over 100 miles to go wheelin and drive it home.
     
  20. boxxerace

    boxxerace Registered Member

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    39.5" Rockers feel completely fine without balancing. Sometime I might get bored and throw in a few golf balls per reccomends of another current thread here in the garage. One fella was saying to skip out on the airsoft bb's and instead go with some bigger balls.

    You do like rolling with bigger balls don't you?
     

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