Does anyone here use a portable tire/bubble wheel balancer?

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Hey I am wondering if anyone here uses a tire balancer. I am doing a lot of my own stuff on the wrangler and got a quote to get my tires rebalanced and want 25$ a tire and could buy one of those bubble balancer for that price, seems like a good thing to have if someone goes wheeling lots, the weights seem like something that can come off.

your thoughts?



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I bubble balance my race slicks and have been 180mph. You will be fine if you bubble balance your Jeep tires.
 
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I bubble balance my race slicks and have been 180mph. You will be fine if you bubble balance your Jeep tires.
Cool, I'll have more of look into it, which brand did you go with?
 

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My dad has an old one from the '70s that he has used for everything he owns over the years and loves it.
 

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$25 per tire for spin-balancing is excessive, in my experience.

On the other hand, I don't remember the last time I was "bubble-balanced." Bubble-balancing catches only mismatches around the perimeter (top/bottom, left/right). It won't catch inner half/outer half imbalance (like a sliced bagel).

What's very important with either method is a careful mechanic. Rushing the job means only imbalanced tires.

If you want to shop for tire balancing and other service, I suggest you go to Tire Rack's website and browse their list of authorized installers in your area. They will be used to fee-based services that don't involve a direct tire purchase from them.

Good luck!
 

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I have one...it sucks for 37" tires. Maybe for smaller ones it would be okay...but big ones...just suck it up and pay someone to do it.
 

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Cool, I'll have more of look into it, which brand did you go with?
I bought a cheap one from Harbor Freight or ebay, cannot remember which. If I don't notice at 180mph, you will not notice at 80mph.
 

                           


































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