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|bubble- or static-balancing tires.; Just to let folks know that mounting/balancing own tires is not a large deal.|
|Topic Started: May 13 2012, 11:42 PM (787 Views)|
|GeoJeb||May 13 2012, 11:42 PM Post #1|
I am not sure if I ever searched THIS forum before deciding to mount my
own tires and then balance them too, but searching a minute ago with
"bubble balance" and then "static balance" didn't turn up anything, so
I thought I would add a post about my experience.
I bought my tires online for about $182, delivered. Doral SDL 155/80 - 13.
I was REALLY hoping they would be like my motorcycle tire experiences
and I would not need to balance them. That didn't work. Vibration started
up at a bit over 60 mph. I actually never called any tire shops to price
balancing because I didn't want to suffer the embarrassment of having
to explain to them that I was too cheap to get the tires there. I had
heard they charge $20 per tire, but I don't know for sure.
So I bit the bullet and bought one of those bubble balance
tools online for about $78, delivered. They are available
in lots of places, but I got mine here:
And some wheel weights from the local O'Reilly Auto Parts for $10+tax.
There are online youtube videos for using the bubble balancer.
And there are, if you are patient, testimonials from people that
have successfully used them on Bonneville Salt Flats cars.
But there are lots of testimonials/reviews that say the static
balancing won't work, so keep looking for the positive experiences.
Anyway, after playing with it, I spent about two hours total time removing
the four wheels/tires, balancing, remounting. It would have taken
considerably less time if I had used the clip-type wheel weights.
The adhesive ones would not stick even after cleaning the wheel
with acetone. I finally used spray glue and duct tape.
(I think it would be faster and more accurate were I to do it all again.)
I'm going to use the advice of one online post about scanning road
shoulders for clip-type wheel weights that have fallen off cars. I have
seen them lots of times before, but of course never had need for them.
Anyway, DIY tire swaps are possible and cheaper than having it done,
in at least some cases.
|Shinrin||May 13 2012, 11:54 PM Post #2|
||$26 at walmart to have them rotated and balanced. Free everytime after that as long as the tires are good. For a static though, I say just get the wheel weight hammer and use regular style weights. I hate messing with sticky weights.|
|HelterSkelter||May 13 2012, 11:55 PM Post #3|
#1 Pizza Driver
My local store charges 5 a tire. I also bought tires somewhere else then went to a tireshop and asked them for a.lifetime. balance and alignment they didn't mind at all.
You want a dynamic balance, static balance will not work
|JoeBob||May 14 2012, 12:46 AM Post #4|
Going out of my bird...
Back in the day, say early '70s or so, when you wanted a tire balanced, you went to a filling station, where they would put tire and rim on a bubble balancer. Worked fine.
Another way to balance your tires is to use a rear wheel, with the hand brake off. Just make sure the brake is not dragging. Mount the tire/rim, then spin it. If it is out of balance, it will come to rest at a certain spot. Place a weight opposite that spot. Adjust the weights until the tire no longer stops in any one place.
|HelterSkelter||May 14 2012, 01:47 PM Post #5|
#1 Pizza Driver
if you don't want to be soon replacing your wheel bearings make sure to get the tires professionally dynamically balances. if not there will be more stress than normal on your new wheel bearings and they will go out faster. doing the balancing yourself can get the tire statically balanced but if the weight is not only imbalanced on that plane, which it's HIGHLY unlikely that it is, you will end up with something like this:
Edited by HelterSkelter, May 14 2012, 01:48 PM.
|00Metro||May 16 2012, 08:51 PM Post #6|
||Slip a coworker at dealeship some cash and keys. 30 minutes later I had new tires mounted and balanced.|
|HelterSkelter||May 19 2012, 01:07 AM Post #7|
#1 Pizza Driver
|go to the seedy part of town and look for a shop with tons of sparkly rims. that's a tire shop. they will mount the tires and balance them for hella cheap.|
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