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Posted: 10/10/18 08:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I say balance them. Especially when it should be free with purchase of the tires (from Discount Tires).

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When I replaced the tires on my old trailer I got the same response from the tire guy at Les Schwab about not typically balancing trailer tires. I told him to balance them. They charged a small additional fee, but I paid it because I wanted them balanced. Never had any problems with those tires in the 8 years before I sold it. Can’t do any harm.


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HuckleberryHunter wrote:

... Can’t do any harm.


And that was my thought also. But to read some of the posts in this thread, there are those out there that do think you can do more harm than good by balancing.


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PeteK-Hou wrote:

HuckleberryHunter wrote:

... Can’t do any harm.


And that was my thought also. But to read some of the posts in this thread, there are those out there that do think you can do more harm than good by balancing.


If you never checked the balance of the drums, you have no way of determining if you did good or harm. I know where the heavy spot is on my drums and tires so that I can mount them opposite each other. I have never heard of anyone doing this, but have heard of many giving advice without that information.





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PeteK-Hou wrote:

HuckleberryHunter wrote:

... Can’t do any harm.


And that was my thought also. But to read some of the posts in this thread, there are those out there that do think you can do more harm than good by balancing.


I've tried and tried to explain why this is not true but some just don't get it. I race cars so I know a LOT of tire experts and every single one of them say it's useless to balance trailer tires. Every single one of them can make money doing it but they say there is no need to. That says volumes to me. Unless the whole system is balanced you're wasting your time. Your time, your money; have at it. [emoticon]


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If balanced properly, nothing to lose. For those saying the drums are not balanced, I don't disagree, but why would I add to it with unbalanced tires?

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hawkeye-08 wrote:

If balanced properly, nothing to lose. For those saying the drums are not balanced, I don't disagree, but why would I add to it with unbalanced tires?


I have a tire/wheel that is unbalanced, I also have a drum that is unbalanced. By orienting the heavy spots opposite each other the assembly needed no weights. In this case, any added weights would have made things worse. Once again, if you are not balancing the assembly you are only doing a feel good thing.

But you are correct, by not checking the balance of the drum you have a better chance of getting a better result and a lesser chance of making it worse. You do have no way of knowing the result.

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Take a look at those drums again. They machine off material from the heavy side to balance them, same for rotors.

I’m shocked at the number of people that won’t spend $10 more to do a proper job!


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You may want to take a look at those drums again. They balance them by machining a spot of the heavy side. Rotors are the same way.

Can’t believe the people that wouldn’t spend $10 more to do a proper job!

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dodge guy wrote:

You may want to take a look at those drums again. They balance them by machining a spot of the heavy side. Rotors are the same way.


Please point out these machining marks. photos

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