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Old 05-23-2008, 12:53 PM
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Default Does anyone balance their tires?

I always thought about it but never got around to doing it. Last weekend at the track, after I started my buggy, while still on the starter box I gave the throttle a good blip to clear out the after run oil. Man oh man did those tires vibrate. I mean really vibrate. I never noticed this before. So last night I got to it and balanced all my buggy tires. What a difference. I should get much better traction and control performance now since they will not be bouncing up and down while under power.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:48 PM
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I've always balance my tires it's the smart thing to do.. Less vibration to steal power..
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:02 PM
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Uh.... stupid question....
How the hell do you balance an RC car tire?????
I understand how to balance a REAL tire, but an RC car tire? You just HAVE TO explain that to me
Where the heck do you put the mini-wheel weights? LOL!
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:17 PM
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Default RE: Does anyone balance their tires?

same premise as doing 1:1 tires
I use playdough modeling clay on the inside of the rims
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If they're really outta whack, you might wanna check your foams. Really wobbly tires usually means the foams are shot...
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:24 PM
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Well holy crap. I never even thought of that. Modeling clay, who would have thought.
Does the clay stay? If not, is there something else that would?
I have an onroad race tommorow, and I'm gonna check my wheels now, and see if they are bad. The things you learn when browsing. lol
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:32 PM
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I balance my off road tires and one can tell the difference in the handling of the car.. I use GMK Supply "Sticky Black Stuff" - Wheel Balancing Putty an it works great..
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:37 PM
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Play-do might dry out, but modeling clay should stick pretty well as well as wheel balancing putty.
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Well holy crap. I never even thought of that. Modeling clay, who would have thought.
Does the clay stay? If not, is there something else that would?
I have an onroad race tommorow, and I'm gonna check my wheels now, and see if they are bad. The things you learn when browsing. lol
if it didn't stay stuck I don't think the world champ that showed me would have been using it
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:36 PM
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I have been using modeling clay for a while now and I like it. But I just found out that in extremely hot weather like 100 F the clay will get soft and try to spin out of the wheels. So in the sumer if it gets really hot where you live, clay might not be the best thing to use.
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:38 PM
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I use lead tape thats to adjust hitting characteristics on my golf clubs...got a roll of it off fleabay for like 4 bucks. Sticky backed and you can cut it as small as you need...works like a champ!!
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:53 PM
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I found a 2 part epoxy at Walmart called Quick Steel. It like a roll within a roll. Cut off a slice and kneed the 2 parts together. Its like clay, but dries like steel hence its name. Works really good.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:41 AM
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Jerz...could you walk me through the process of balancing tires please mate[&:]? do you take the wheel and spin it on a pencil to find the wobble or what? Maybe a pic or two would be a real help as well. Thanks
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JB weld is another good thing to use to balance them with...
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:54 AM
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Anything that gets perma hard prolly isn't a good idea to use, id stick with modeling clay,

Get a prop balancer
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...oducts_id/4870

heavy part of the tire falls down, you just stick some clay at the top, spin and repeat. simple as i can keep it
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:24 PM
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Tommy - Ill put something together for you as soon as I can. Ill PM it to you. Have a little family crisis going on right now so time is not on my side. Have barely enough time to check e-mails.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:36 AM
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Jerz - No problem buddy. Hope everything is OK.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:26 AM
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Hey jerz can you send me the info to, I kind of get the idea but a better illustration wouldnt hurt.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:19 AM
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Quote:
ORIGINAL: slayerphonics

Anything that gets perma hard prolly isn't a good idea to use, id stick with modeling clay,

Get a prop balancer
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...oducts_id/4870

heavy part of the tire falls down, you just stick some clay at the top, spin and repeat. simple as i can keep it

I agree with this statement, plain and simple
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Check out this article. Hope this helps.

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Anything that doesnt get permanently hard WILL come off.
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Ditto to Calin666,

Geesh the things you learn from just browsing. Who woulda thunk but it makes sence.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:17 PM
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Just an FYI. I raced yesterday with my balanced tires for the first time. I saw a big improvement with handling and getting power down. Without the bouncing effect, it made a big improvement.
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Anyone who wants to be Anal about their balancing and knowing How much weight they have added.....here's a few comparison pics with the tape i use...the tape is what Pro Golfer's use to Weight the head of their clubs....it can be had at some specialty shops if you call around.

tires are AKA citi's I beams and Gridiron's

the buggy tires were out from .7gram - 1.6gram tires varying





the truggy's were around 3-4grams out...3g seemed to be the common...except for One tire that took 6g.:nod:





50mm worth of tape is 1 gram. :nod:

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