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Question anybody use the little do it yourself wheel balancer's ?

I am alway's needing tire's balanced and I just ordered me one of those trick little old style balancers that has the bullseye in the top of it , anybody else use one like that ? nowaday's most place's want $30 buck's to balance 4 tire's , the floor model balancer was only $14.95
I know that a computer spin balancer is better but I wonder how close it will be with the one like I am talking about ?
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Re: anybody use the little do it yourself wheel balancer's ?

I think it will work good for a low speed operation like a truck tire or Farm/Ranch equipment. If it's anything other than that I think the money spent on computer balancing it worth it to keep vibration out and prevent ware on the suspension.

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Re: anybody use the little do it yourself wheel balancer's ?

Properly balanced I think you should be good to about 60 or so. If you like to travel faster than that I think you need spin balance. This is such old technology I'm not sure about how to properly balance with it any more. I started with one of these but then the Boss decided it was faster and cheaper to just spin everything.

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I know that a computer spin balancer is better but I wonder how close it will be with the one like I am talking about ?
You answer your own question balance them up then get them balanced on a KNOWN electronic balancer that has just had the calibration checked.

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OK , I got my little jiffy backyard balancer and took my wheel's off and balanced them up THEY WERE OFF BAD !
took a drive and at 65 you can drive it with one finger ! AWESOME !

I did this for two reason's
#1 I did this myself for less than it would cost to pay someone to do it
#2 I have to admit I have a FOBIA I guess you could say in that I can't stand the thought of letting someone else work on my car ,
I do my own engine's and transmission's , I do my own bodywork and paint , my own exhaust , interior , ALL OF IT !
and now I balance my own's tire's

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Re: anybody use the little do it yourself wheel balancer's ?

I recommend the spin balancers. FWIW I have used the bubble balancer but it was for large heavy truck tires that would have sheared the cone, bar and motor right off the spin balancers during the period of 1989 - 1998 when I worked in the tire & auto service industry.....The bubble balancer was ok for big heavy bias ply tires on box trucks in that era or even radials on the drive wheels of semi truck tires but not for car tires.....With the bubble balance the ground it sits on has to perfectly level otherwise it's off.....If you are outside on a windy day it will be a bit off....Trust me I have seen it and experienced it first hand....

Nowadays they have dynamic spin balancing on the car to check for vibrations...In my day we always took 'em off the car.....I'm not sure how the new stuff works...In the old days I would put it on the spin balancer and zero it out 100% of the time...If the tire was dry I would then roll it to a spin balancer without a cover and check for run-out/out of round while I spun it; which you can't always do with the naked eye when the tire & wheel sit still, sideways & flat on the bubble balancer....FWIW, I hated comebacks and our customers loved us no matter where I worked....The coats mag wheel machine was also fairly new as well back then.

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Nowadays they have dynamic spin balancing on the car to check for vibrations...
I did this in the '60's with Bear equipment. Instead of holding the knobs, I used a accelerometer and a strobe light. Damn good balance --- be sure to mark the axle stud as to where the valve stem was at when removing the tire.

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I did this in the '60's with Bear equipment. Instead of holding the knobs, I used a accelerometer and a strobe light. Damn good balance --- be sure to mark the axle stud as to where the valve stem was at when removing the tire.
So that's what that thing was called???????? An accelerometer!! I would see the semi truck tire guys use the strobe light to balance new tires & even when they completed repairs on old tires. That thing looked like a timing light kind of...They would jack the front end up, do their thing on 11R24.5 or whatever..... It's been over a decade since I last saw one used and I forgot...The spin balancers I used could take 8.75x16.5 load range D or E all day...The truck tire guys in the 1990's would use that timing light thing over in the corner on semi's aka tractor trailers away from us "lightweight" car & suv guys and I forgot what that do-hickey was called. Thanks!!!

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