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OffRoadCam09 04-30-2013 05:57 AM

best way to balance 35's?
Looking for the best way to balance a set of 35x12.50x15 bfg km's. They are okay for normal daily driving as they sit but have a slight to moderate shimmy at 50-70mph an I would prefer to get this fixed so no other problems arise

Off Pavement 04-30-2013 08:05 AM

Personally, I'll stay away from balance beads, but that's just me. You will likely hear of plenty of folks that swear by 'em, but I had poor luck with them on my 35x12.50 17 BFG KM2s. Tire shop pulled the beads, put on some lead weights and now a nice smooth ride every time. With the beads, there were times when I had the typical out of balance rumble going down the highway until I'd stop, and they would rearrange themselves and be fine... maybe.

Tweak 04-30-2013 12:05 PM

take em to discount tire, they were able to balance my 37" Mud Grapplers very well. didnt take them very long either.

Wharfrat 04-30-2013 12:32 PM

I'd go to hunter's site, and find the closest shop to me with a hunter road force balance machine.

Then go there and have them do the road force balance. It should work perfect if they know what they are doing. Firestone did. My 35's are smooth as glass.

If you want the best balance possible, have them put weights on both sides of the wheel. Ugly, but effective. And just fine if you aren't going to be crawling rocks constantly.

bvanfossen 04-30-2013 01:41 PM

For the conversational method, google the golf ball method. It works, for my friends 49's anyway.

OffRoadCam09 04-30-2013 03:33 PM

Thanks for the input guys. Firestone is the only place around me that does road force but they are not a good tire place around here they lack quality work

OffRoadCam09 04-30-2013 11:40 PM

Anybody else?

rics1997 05-01-2013 01:05 AM

On my last set, I had them balanced twice and still had vibrations over 60mph. I ended up finding a shop (local Ford Dealership) that did Road Force balancing. It fixed the problem.

Sasquatchewan 05-01-2013 01:32 AM

I always have the stick on lead weights on the inside of the rim works perfect two of mine didn't need any weight at all

OffRoadCam09 05-01-2013 02:07 AM


Originally Posted by rics1997 (Post 3704489)
On my last set, I had them balanced twice and still had vibrations over 60mph. I ended up finding a shop (local Ford Dealership) that did Road Force balancing. It fixed the problem.

I'll look into this see if I can find anything other then firestone here. I don't mind since I barely am over 45 anyway but I have a vacation planned an don't want to drive 6 hours at 70 mph with the steering wheel an wheels shaking lol

Lucy Brown 05-01-2013 05:38 AM

How about 37's. How do you balance them?

Matador 05-01-2013 10:17 AM

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Stay away from the Beads, Kurtz tried them on his 35" MTRs and they were a nightmare. He eventually had to have them pulled.

Wheels aren't perfectly balanced to begin with, they could have mass discrepancies in certain areas that will through off the balancing, the same goes for tires. If the low spots happen to meet when the tire is mounted then its amplified even more. That's why a good tire shop will unmount a tire and re-mount it at a different spot on the wheel if its giving them too many issues.

Another very important fact that some people lose sight off is the aggressive tread pattern. If your running a 35" MT tire then you need to realize that its a high load truck tire that your trying to use on a lighter vehicle, on a paved road in some cases. That means they are very sensitive to imperfections and the crown in the road. At one point it could be pulling to the right and then to the left when you change lanes. More often than not it will never track straight, unless your on perfectly level road. The reason is because of the aggressive tread pattern it wants to wander and grab ahold of anything it could. When the surface is smooth its inconsistent. Tires like the Duratracs do better on the road because they are hybrid tire that tries to cater more to on-road performance but still offer the off-road ability of an MT.

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