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Old 11-05-2011, 12:08 PM
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I had mine done at the local tire shop. Had them static balanced (like many race car tires are done, BTW), not spun. One type of static balancer is below.

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Old 11-05-2011, 03:41 PM
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Theres alot of people that dont balance slicks with no issues
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The local tire shop balanced mine. There was no preset for the size, but they put the balancer on manual and entered the size, etc and there was no problems.
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old balancer

I have an old tire balancer that was kept in the back of a Buick dealership, It took too long and they lost money for regular balance jobs on it, but when there was a problem tire they used it. You first do a static balance in the in car direction, then unlock and turn the wheel-tire so it is flat and swing in an elect motor driven roller to spin the tire. there is a spring loaded disc that you lift a lever to true up the disc. stop the tire, unlock and rotate the tire back into in car position, Then swing in an indicator that rides on the disc and shows how much weight to add and in what position, when you get a tire balanced and you power spin it you see it running true and it sounds better. Like spinning a crank on a balancer It sounds better when you get it balanced right.
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My experience is static balance only and, in positioning any needed weights, that they be applied only on the inner, and not outer, rims and further, that the weights be secured, in my case, by that old stand-by duct tape. The reason for limiting the weights to the inner wheel, and requiring holding down the weights, is safety of those in and around the starting line on the strip. Weights flying loose from an outer rim upon launch do not present a pretty picture for anyone nearby......
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You are better off looking for a use static balancer and do it yourself using tape weights and duct tape. Even purchasing a new one is a better deal.

When I come in to the local tire store with either my dualie truck or a load of my big Hoosiers he says " We are just closing, can't help you now." Truth be told after 6 inside dualie flats last year and 7 this year and 4 hours trying to balance the Hoosiers for $20 I can't say I blame him.
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We never balanced our slicks. Never had a problem either.
Of course that was " Back in the day" (70's).

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