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Old 09-19-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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How to balance New 22.5 Tires?

Which tire balance system is best to use? Putting new tires on class A. Several different types of balancing are available. Which is "BEST"?
Spin Balance and wheel weights?
Those little sacks of whatever?
Balancing rings with what? Oil & ceramic, Balls or what?
Saw ad for company in FMCA, Wheel Masters?
Every tire dealer want to do it "Their Way", which mAY OR MAY NOT BE THE BEST WAY.
What system is Best? Today and tomorrow over entended time? Fully expect to have alignment done when purchasing new tires. check balance when rotating tires. Appreciate the assistance.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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I haven't had anything done but spin and weights. In my limited RV'ing experience (since 1957) I haven't found that anything more is needed
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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Which tire balance system is best to use? Putting new tires on class A. Several different types of balancing are available. Which is "BEST"?
Spin Balance and wheel weights?
Those little sacks of whatever?
Balancing rings with what? Oil & ceramic, Balls or what?
Saw ad for company in FMCA, Wheel Masters?
Every tire dealer want to do it "Their Way", which mAY OR MAY NOT BE THE BEST WAY.
What system is Best? Today and tomorrow over entended time? Fully expect to have alignment done when purchasing new tires. check balance when rotating tires. Appreciate the assistance.
I suggest finding a shop that has a Hunter GSP9620 HD Force Match Balancer.
If you go to www.hunter.com you can find out more info. You can put in your
zip code at the top of the page and find the local service rep. He can point you in the direction of a
good shop that has one. It is by far the best way to balance 22.5 tires
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I'm a spin balance dude.

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spin and weights for me too
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Spin them. The hunter machine is best, but a conventional spin balance is almost there and easier to find.
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I've had real good luck and excellent ride with "Equal" beads in mine. If you go that way make sure they put in the new valve stem core that come in the package.
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I'll take spin balance and weights. Works for me as well as all 250 trucks I work on.
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I've had real good luck and excellent ride with "Equal" beads in mine. If you go that way make sure they put in the new valve stem core that come in the package.
I'll second that...
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Ditto for the "beads".
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We had the spin balance with ours.
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The "BEST" way to balance is relative---and I suppose best is having a relative in the tire business who will do it for free, and throw in the tires as well.

Aside from that good results can be obtained with most of the methods mentioned. Equal or/and Dynabeads etc; claim that over the life of the tire you do not have to rebalance---the substance responds to changing conditions in the tire, wear etc; but Equal takes special valve stems---and some folks are wary of that.

People often like spin and weights because it is familiar and tried and true but not all places have the proper equipment to spin a 22.5 (not all places handle Equal either).

If you want to use dullyvalves on your rears then I suppose that negates using Equal there because you need special valves (some folks do not even balance rear duals}.

So it is a real mixed bag and comes down to what method you feel makes the most sense for you.

I currently am having new tires installed---I purchased them at a huge retailer for a good price but they cannot install----so another place is installing and I can have my choice of Equal or Spin and frankly I will probably not make up my mind until I get there.

I'm leaning toward Equal in the fronts because I have heard so many comments about how smooth the ride-----but "best"-----it's relative, variable and depends more on your opinion and experience. Every method has defenders and detractors.
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I wonder what happened to the spin balancers that used the technique of being mounted on the vehicle and then spun on the vehicle. That way, it took the car into account as well. They utilized a strobe to show where vibration was occurring and indicated where to place the weight(s). bbeane- do you remember those balancers?
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Dana beads....
Put them in and never worry about them again. Even
if a rock or mud gets on them the beads will rebalance again and when the mud or rock leaves it balances again.

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