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Tire Balancing....Static vs Dynamic...Any Differences Noticed?

39969 Views 68 Replies 20 Participants Last post by  rcannon409
When a tire gets balanced, it seems there are two [2] options.
1-is the dynamic where you take it to a shop who spins it up and applies the weights as the machine says so.
2-is the static where you buy the kit and do it yourself at home. Bascially the heavy area drops to the bottom and you balance it until there is no heavy spot.

I don't think there is any other way.

So what first hand experience have you had with these methods?
I had mine balanced by it looked like the machine had a slight bend of the shaft that you mount the tire on.

Thanks !!!

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I don't balance my wheels... haven't for a long time. No shakes, wobbles, or problems. YMMV :D
While it may feel fine the difference comes in when the tire starts to wear, the heavy side will be thrown to the ground harder than the light side and wear quicker creating uneven wear before the tire's end-of-life time.
I've been through several sets of tires and never noticed anything like that... Maybe I've been lucky, but my treadwear has been consistent down to the wear bars around the whole circumference of the tire. I'm not going to say it doesn't happen, but I haven't experienced it with two different bikes over a 6 year period of not balancing the wheels at all.
Maybe I would notice a difference if I ran a tire to the belts, but I just don't do that. I have enough disposable income that I can afford to change the tires when they reach the wear bars and I don't have the need to push them past that. Not that I haven't ridden a few hundred miles more on a set of tires because I couldn't get them changed before a ride I wanted to go on... but generally I welcome a new set when the current set hits the indicators. The guy who mounts my tires always looks at me funny when I remind him not to balance them... :D
with a few basic tools its not bad at all to swap the tires out.
i'm not trying to say you're wrong or anything negative here.
Yeah, but my friend has a professional tire changer in his garage and does it in about 5 minutes and only charges $10. It's good to have friends who do so many track days that they buy their own tire machine to save on tire changes!
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