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Old 11-06-2014, 06:26 AM   #15
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Always balance mine too.

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Old 11-06-2014, 06:31 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by norty View Post
Did you ask why? I would have it done and ignore that advice. What could it hurt, except 20-30 bucks.

The local tire store charged $30/tire to balance my new 22.5 tires.......

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Old 11-06-2014, 07:33 AM   #17
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Tire balancing is a no brainer. Why one would believe that a tire should not be balanced is amazing. You may not feel the vibration as stated by some already, but it is their and it is prematurely wearing out bearings, bushings and tires just to name a few. You will get by with a utility trailer because they don't usually travel a lot at interstate speeds. Why even take the chance on a $500 tire???

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You can't "feel" a balance issue on a triaxle fifth wheel period. I have had flat tires and never felt a thing unless I actually heard the tire blow or see something flapping in the mirror. Zero chance you would feel an out of balance tire unless it was egregious, and even then I'd doubt it.

Look at it this way in dollars and sense, even if you don't believe in balancing: a quality trailer or LT tire is going to set you back at least $150 to $200 bucks per tire (or more like $300 per tire for G614 or michelin). Balancing is going to cost you at most $10 per tire, which works out to about 3-7% of the price of the tire. I can certainly imagine losing far more than 3-7% of the life of the tire from an out of balance situation, so the math works out to where it is cheaper to balance than not balance in the long run. Not to mention issues other posters mentioned like suspension wear and tear etc.

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