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Old 01-23-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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Wheel balancing - Yes or No?

My 2005 National Seabreeze 35 ft gasser needs new shoes (original 19.5) and the guy at the local tire shop says that they mount but do not balance these tires. Does this sound right? I always thought that all tires needed to be balanced. What do you think?
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I have the front wheels/tires balanced as a unit, I don't bother with just the wheels alone, nor do I have the rears done either.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:41 AM   #3
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All of my tires are balanced .
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #4
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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They don't offer the service because they are too mean to buy the required equipment. I just had two new front tyres fitted and was offered beads or spin balancing on a machine. No contest, spin balancing won.

One tyre needed no weights and they said it was very rare.

I get ALL tyres spin balanced because just because you can't feel it in the steering wheel doesn't mean the pounding at the back isn't doing damage at the back end.
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All those imbalance forces have to go somewhere. In the case of your rear tires, they go into the hub bearings and suspension components, whether you can feel it or not.

If it rotates, balance it. The faster it rotates and the heavier it is, the more critical it is to balance it.

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:32 AM   #7
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All 6 - with beads... My tire shop (oldest in Austin) only uses beads in larger tires.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:51 AM   #8
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The reason they don't balance is the standard balance machine will not take 19.5 tires. It is not because they shouldn't be balanced. We had to drive our motorhomes several miles from the lot for tire balancing, when there was a Big Ten tire almost next door. Neither Big Ten or K mart could balance the 19.5 and 22.5 tires.
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As already stated above, the reason they don't balance them is because they don't have the equipment to do it! You'll have to go to a commercial truck tire shop to get it done. I had a heck of a time finding one on a recent trip!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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While at the Freightliner Factory Service Center this past summer, I had a minor vibration at 62-65 MPH. FCCC balanced all six wheels/tires. I was very happy with the result. I suggest having all wheels/tires balanced.

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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.

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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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We balance 19.5's on a regular basis. They can be a pain in the back side but.....
I have 22.5's on my motor and YES all 6 of them got balanced that last time they were replaced.
For me it only makes sense to balance rotating items.
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Tire Balancing Products

Simple and perpetual balanced wheels......

I have them and I highly recommend them.
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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.
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