Drag Slick Balancing ?

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  1. TOL

    TOL Active Member

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    Okay, maybe this is a dumb question.

    What are most people doing for balancing their newly mounted bead-lock rear slicks?

    Bubble Balance? Spin Balance? Nothing?......

    What do the Big Show teams do? Let the tire vendors take care of it, or do they do it it themselves?

    Thx.
     
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  2. Dave Koehler

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    Bubble here most of the time.
    Dynamic when I have the time.
     
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  3. Mike Canter

    Mike Canter Top Dragster
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    Pretty hard to find somebody to spin balance them anymore. Hoosier and Goodyear don’t have them in there track trailers anymore. They said they couldn’t get parts to keep the machines running
     
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  4. jay70cuda

    jay70cuda Active Member

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    I never balanced my beadocks in 8 years. Never shook or had an issue. But my liners needed balanced as soon as the car started for the first time with those. Tired to spin balance those and still didn’t need feel right. The Hoosier trailer put them on the bubble balancer and the spin balancer was was off. Guess it all depends who’s doing it.
     
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  5. Will Hanna

    Will Hanna We put the 'inside' in Top Alcohol
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    I have seen people "get away" with not balancing bead locks, but in my opinion they all need to be balanced, especially liners.

    Spin balancing, in my opinion, is by far the best option. At very least in a TAFC. Years ago working for Steve Harker we didn't have our own spin balancer and needed a new set of tires, so we just bubble balanced a set. Couldn't get down the track without shaking. Sent them back, had them do the 180 deal, same result. Stayed over to test on Monday, went and found a truck shop to spin balance. Left the same tune up in it, 5.61.

    You can tell a big difference on the jack stands, especially on a TAFC. With a good spin balance you can rev it up in high gear and set a cup of coffee on the injector. It's really smooth. If it's out of balance, you can feel/see the car shaking when it's in gear. The driver can feel it in the burnout too.

    Yes, it's a pain in the ass. Best recommendation is keep an eye out for a deal on buying your own spin balancer.
     
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  6. MaineAlkyFan

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    The hardest part is finding a round pair from the factory...

    Chris Saulnier - Team Tigges
    Mechanic Falls, Maine
     
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