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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted March 06, 2002 11:20 PM
just wondering,do you balance your tires,or not?street rubber,or racing tires,radial,or bias?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted March 07, 2002 08:52 AM
I use Hoosier Dirt Boss tires and have never had them balanced and never had any problems. At the kind of speeds we're running, I don't think balancing is neccessary. I've always wondered what others do, though.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted March 07, 2002 01:37 PM
Originally posted by te33:
just wondering,do you balance your tires,or not?street rubber,or racing tires,radial,or bias?

everyone I know and including myself we never have balanced our tires and we run radial street tires. which i run winston winner and have never balanced them and never have had a problem

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted March 07, 2002 11:57 PM
i have never balanced any of my tires and never had a problem. if you do balance them and loose a wieght you will probably find out about it real quick from another driver.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 259
posted March 09, 2002 12:46 AM
if you line the DOT symbol on the wheel up withe valve stem you wont have to balance them they will run almost perfect.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 45
posted March 10, 2002 04:56 PM
I'm not trying to start a fight here, but just lining the valve stem up with the DOT mark will not always give you a "balanced tire". When a tire is made (and this depends upon the manufacturer), there is usually a little paint mark on the sidewall that indicates where the valve stem should be, and this is rarely in the same place for every tire made. But that doesn't mean the tire is balanced at that point either. The reason for this is that the tire manufacturing process is not completely consistent, and certain tires will have a different balance to them. Your best bet on getting tires that behave the same way is to make sure that every tire you have is from the same batch of rubber, i.e. they all have the same DOT number on them. You can have the same tires, but they may not have been made together, and this creates some subtle differences. On the street, two tires that are exactly the same but have different DOT numbers can actually cause a car to pull one way or the other. This is known as "radial tire pull" and it is something that happens quite often.

As far as balancing the tires on your racecar is concerned, it certainly wouldn't hurt if you balanced them, but you have to look at the pro's and con's. If you have free access to a balancer, and your confident that your weights won't become projectiles during the race (very high possibility), then why not?
But if your tires aren't out of balance by more than several ounces, the chances of you noticing any difference in the car, at speed, on the dirt, is slim to none. Balancing helps ride comfort and tire wear for the street, it's not neccessary for the track.

Hope this helps.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted March 11, 2002 08:35 PM
guys,some very interesting opinions,i don't balance my dirt tires(projectiles).they do however get put on balancer that also checks runout,ect.and with our last batch we did have to brake one back down and turn it on the rim ,to get a good balance/runout reading.we do balance our asphalt tires,but the weights get taped.and this is the DIRT forum,soooooo

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