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Posted: 10/06/18 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mechanics get lazy and used to skimping where possible. I found the same poor logic on my motorcycle. They claimed they didn't balance rear tires. They had zero reason except that's the way they were taught.
Makes no sense at both wheels are turning at the same speed etc.
I have had tons of issues even getting my tow vehicle wheels balanced properly, having to stop on a long trip to rebalance and fight with first shop over the botched job.

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I had mine balanced on the TT. Even balanced them on my PUP.

I am not concerned with what the industry does. I do what makes sense to me. Balancing tires just makes sense to me

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I always balance tires, whether it is on a trailer or vehicle. It would have to cause wear problems if part of the tire has more contact pressure than another and I watch tires very closely. One bouncing would drive me nuts and for me that's a short drive anyway.

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No, because the short spring and no shock produces far more vibration than a tire will. This is asked often, and there's a very good explanation out there if you google it. I'm not going to bother searching for it again, but trailer tires do NOT need to be balanced because they are part of an inherently unbalanced system.


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I think the no balance crowd is listening to old school thoughts. If you've ever seen a trailer tire bouncing up and down while going down the road, it looks like the springs and axle are going to depart the trailer at any moment. Balancing is a small price to pay for a smoother ride, IMHO.


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Jay Coe wrote:

No, because the short spring and no shock produces far more vibration than a tire will. This is asked often, and there's a very good explanation out there if you google it. I'm not going to bother searching for it again, but trailer tires do NOT need to be balanced because they are part of an inherently unbalanced system.


Mine has shocks.
Car tires dont NEED to be balanced either, but they are.
More wear and tear on all parts if tires are not balanced.

In my opinion all tires should be balanced, car truck motorcycle trailer etc.....anything that will go over 40 mph.

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Seems to me a round tire will perform better and longer than an oval tire. Seems like there would be less stress on most components. I may be wasting my time and money but I really don’t care either. I have had to have mild arguments with some installers and those usually walk away shaking their head with a confused look but in the end they’ll do it. I also think more and more dealers are asking if I want them balanced.

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Unless you spin balance your tires on your trailer you're pretty much wasting your time. Unlike car and truck hubs and drums, trailer components don't have balance weights. You can get your tires within a micro gram but everything else will be out to lunch which means everything else will be out to lunch.......or on the money......you just can't tell unless everything in the system is balanced.


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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

Unless you spin balance your tires on your trailer you're pretty much wasting your time. Unlike car and truck hubs and drums, trailer components don't have balance weights. You can get your tires within a micro gram but everything else will be out to lunch which means everything else will be out to lunch.......or on the money......you just can't tell unless everything in the system is balanced.


I have posted similar comments for years now. The thing is that you won't convince anyone and I have never heard back that a drum or hub was ever checked. I balance mine as an assembly, others will be blissfully unaware that they still have a poorly balanced assembly.





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Cleary, its roughly 50/50 to balance, or not. Here's an example of why it makes sense to balance the wheel/tire, notwithstanding that the hubs and discs may be out. I think their mass is more concentrated nearer the center. Thus of less impact.

Here's a link to fairly dramatic trailer wheel hopping. I've actually seen worse on a TT. I can't be convinced that it's okay for tires to hop thusly. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
https://youtu.be/GcISwBlCAKsre

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