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Old 01-25-2013, 08:46 AM   #15
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I don't think we should put down someone ( by calling them mean or cheap) for not having the equipment to balance big tires. They may not have enough call for that to justify the expense but they should recommend someone that does.
X2 on "they should recommend someone that does".

If a shop that has no balancing equipment to balance the size tires they want you to buy from them tells you: " NOBODY spin balances anymore, "SPIN BALANCING is NO GOOD", they are LYING to you............(it happened to me).
IMO they are not only liars, they are CHEAP LIARS)!

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #16
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I use powder/beads, one caveat make sure the schrader valves have a little filter on em otherwise may develop a leak when valves do not seal properly.


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Old 01-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #17
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Hi Ho: Sometimes I don't understand what people do. We bought our 2006 Tiffin Phaeton last April from the original owner. It vibrated so bad above 55 MPH I was sure something would come apart. Tire wear is minimal and even. Front wheel balance at $30 each solved the problem entirely. I did have to go to a shop that does trucks. So why did the original owner put up with this for 6 years and 35,000 miles? Who knows.

I went to Les Schwab because they are closeby and routinely do truck tires. They aren't especially cheap, but my experience with them is that they do the job right. That's worth something to me.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:19 PM   #18
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Go somewhere else. Find a truck/RV tire place that will balance them. As small as Waco is, 140,000, we have several that can do it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #19
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I service and install alignment and wheel service equipment. As expensive as these tires are, they need to be balanced and aligned. 22.5" requires an HD balancer. 19.5" can be done on any of our standard balancers.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:56 PM   #20
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Years ago, when I had a Toyoto motorhome, I had the tires balanced at a truck repair garage. They had a machine that spun the tires while mounted on the vehicle with the vehicle's wheels off the ground on a jack. The rears can be done as long as you don't have a limited slip differential.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:03 PM   #21
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When I bought my new tires in a tire shop, while they were to put the first tire on, I asked if he balanced, he said no because the weights on big tires look ugly. I told him I don't care about the looking but I want it to be balanced. He then balanced all.
Insist the balance or go elsewhere.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:19 PM   #22
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I don't particularly like the ugly look of stick on weights on my nice shinny rims, but I will sacrifice a little of the looks for the tires being balanced properly.

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Old 01-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #23
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When I bought both sets of 9R22.5 tires I had all 6 spin balanced......PLUS I have Centramatic balancers on all 4 corners....
In theory the Centramatis compensate for any future out of balance conditions caused by tire wear.
Overkill?.... perhaps, but that combination has worked for me for 100k + miles.

1.) Combining beads and Centramatis doesn't work.
2.) Show me a shop that says spin balancing MH tires is no good, and I'll show you a shop that is to cheap to by a big balancer!
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X2. All six of mine were balanced by ford I guess as it had weights on all six tires when it come in from Newmar. I though is had a little shake in the 65 to 75 mph range. I put Centramatics on all four corners and now it is smooth up to 80 mph pluss which is as fast has I have run it. I have tried beads in semi trucks many times over the years and they are a waste of money.
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Dynamic balancing is best in my book. The wheel and tyre rotate on the entire suspension, so why would you want to spin balance it by itself?

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:26 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by SteveLevin View Post
The wheel and tyre rotate on the entire suspension, so why would you want to spin balance it by itself?

Please explain that!
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:58 AM   #26
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I believe what Steve is refering to are imporfections in hub, drums or rotors, and lug nuts, any rotating mass in addition to wheel and tire.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:58 AM   #27
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Keep in mine too that when I bought a set of new Goodyear G670's One was out of round from the factory and could not have enought weights installed to get got it to balance. The tire had to be replaced. The dealer that did the original install did not balance, installed powder. Had to have the tire replaced down the road at another dealer as we couldn't stand the ride any more.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:58 AM   #28
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Let me put it this way, This is how a balanced tire rides O

This is a tire that is not balanced Q

See the difference. One has a big bump on it.

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