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This topic contains 5 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  TJ Koyen 4 years, 7 months ago.

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  • #25245

    Jason Ewers
    Participant

    I am just curious in how many of you balance your tires and if anyone had ever tested balanced vs. non balanced

  • #25249

    Gary Smith
    Participant

    I buy used take-offs from my local kart shop. I have had problems in the past with severe front end shake without balancing. I now balance only the front tires with up to an ounce of weight, some tires take more weight, I stop at an ounce, not looking for perfect balance, just something close.

    Gary

    #55 Honda CR80

  • #25285

    Greg Lindahl
    Participant

    If you’re able to add an ounce, the tire is significantly out of balance.  For roadracing, I always balance my tires.  Better safe than shaking.

  • #25286

    Bill Cox
    Participant

    I never balanced tires when doing the sprint track series.  However, in road racing it’s very necessary…fronts in particular.  Next to mounting tires, balancing was on the “least favorite things to do” list.  After getting and learning to use the TurboTire Changer, mounting tires is not longer a big deal.  Recently, I began using balancing beads http://www.<b>motorcycle</b>-superstore.com/50004/i/counteract-<b>tire</b>-<b>balancing</b>-<b>beads</b&gt; .  (1) ounce in each tire…it’s amazingly simple and works for me!  I harvest and reuse what I can when unmounting the tires.
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  • #25291

    TJ Koyen
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    I always balance the fronts. Some tracks are high-speed enough that it can make a pretty big difference with regards to vibration.

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  • #25261

    Walt Gifford
    Participant

    I had a tire that was way out one time so, I think it’s worth checking before you get all the way to the track.

    Gif

    FAA certified jet engine and aircraft technician,
    Nicholson Speedway class champion 2001,
    Yamaha KT100 Service Center,
    41 years karting experience

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