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Tire balancing without weights, who's done it?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 88K5Jimmy, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. 88K5Jimmy

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    Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    My 36" Parnelli Jones are about to vibrate the fillings out of my teeth (if I had any)!! I got them balanced but that didn't really do anything. Has anybody ACTUALLY used mouse balls, golf balls, whatever to try to balance their tires? I'm getting pretty fed up with the vibes I get at highway speeds.

    Also, is there a formula for calculating how much weight you need or is the best way to see how far the tires are off, weigh whatever you are using, and then go from there?

    Thanks
    Ross
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    i had a set 33s before and couldnt get the shakes out of them . so i had a tire store use a powder balance it worked for mine. the tire store folks know how much powder to use.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    Having worked in a tire shop I will say that the equal sand, mouse balls, bb's, and the like really don't do much except at highway speed (above 65mph) big rigs use that type of stuff and it works at speed. (watch one on a suface street and it'll be vibrating like crazy) I had a customer once with some balancing discs behind the wheels of his '97 3/4 ton Dodge ram with 37-1250-17 MTR's. These discs are more common on large motorhomes and F-550's than any normal civvy rig. It is a ring with a couple ounces of material inside. The disc is about 14" and has a plate inside with you bolt pattern. They aren't cheap and I don't know what they are called or who makes them. If you wanted you could call around to a local big rig type shop and ask.
    hope this helps.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    i use equal tire balancer and it works great on my 37 SSR's
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    i use equel, i run micky thompsons 35/17.50/15 which are a huge wide tire, at first i ran 1 bag per tire, and still was pretty bad shape, now i run 2 and half bags per tire and the only shake i get is at 95 and thats my drive shaft thats my 2 cents worth
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    I think Shaggy used the mouse balls.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    I used the powder balance on my 38" radials, and my buddy in his 38" ssrs. I have heard they dont work to well, but we have yet to feel any vibes.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    They don't make 38" SSRs.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    [ QUOTE ]
    They don't make 38" SSRs.

    [/ QUOTE ]yep
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    Nevermind I lied. Must be a new size. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    if they still made grand prix's,those were the poop. my 40's on 16.5in rim's never shook. only flat spots until they warmed up. and that was not bad. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gifto /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    i heard you can balance with machine up to 44" and no bigger
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    I done used golf balls before. Added about 10mph so I could actually cruise down the road at 65 without felling like I was going to die.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    Thanks for the replies. How do you know how much powder and how many golf balls to use?

    Thanks
    Ross
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    6 Golf balls per tire.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    How did you know to use six golf balls? Is that for your particular application or did you use a formula......

    Thanks
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

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    How do you know how much powder to use?

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    The bags are made in certian amounts for differrent size tires.

    And they've had 38" SSRs out for a while now.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    there called centramatics we put them on some off the trucks that come in at my part time job
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    They sell those at the hummer dealers they are like 400 a set of four but work well they have an outer tube filled with BBand are made to use with the 37/12:50 tires you may be able to get a brand name and find them cheaper. Ive seen a few sets sell for around 150 on ebay.
     
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    Re: Tire balancing without weights, who\'s done it?

    Check 'em out here www.centramatic.com
     

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