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post #1 of 9 Old 05-27-2009, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Align / Balance Question

Sorry for the basic question, but do your tires need to be attached to your vehicle for them to be balanced / aligned? In other words, if you buy tire / wheel sets, do they come balanced / aligned so that you can just replace the current tires, or when you get them do you have to take them somewhere to get it done. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-27-2009, 01:18 PM
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They balance the tire/wheel off the vehicle on a seperate machine so the answer to that is no. The tires do need to be on the vehicle for an alignment though as they factor into all alignment measurements.

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Thanks for the reply. A follow up question: if I get a set of wheels / tires - I should have them installed professionally so they can be properly aligned as opposed to just taking of the existing tires and replacing them myself?
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-27-2009, 07:27 PM
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if you are not having any issues with your current alignment as in wearing your existing tires uneven etc, then there is no reason for an alignment. so you could buy new/different tires and wheels and have them balanced then take off your old ones and put the new ones on yourself.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-27-2009, 08:16 PM
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Click the link in my sig about TJ alignments. It's a good read and everything will apply to your JK aside from maybe the factory specs and some other small bits. The concepts and definitions are the same though

You are confusing mounting and balancing with aligning your vehicle.

You aren't aligning the wheels and tires themselves... you're aligning the suspension. You don't get your "wheels and tires aligned."

The rim is either straight or it's bent slightly. Nothing to do with alignment.

When you get your Jeep aligned the tech will spin the alignment "heads"(things that attach to each wheel for the computer to read off of), and it will compensate for any wheel runout it may have up to 1.00 degrees generally.

I wouldn't bother trying to mount the tires yourself. I have the ability to do so myself with just a few wrecking bars, but the fact is it's a total pain to do so. The $100 or whatever it may cost to have them all mounted and balanced is well worth it.

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flat lander, i doubt he was thinking of mounting the tires on the wheels himself. i think he meant bolt the tires and wheels on his rig after buying a tire/wheel combo. if the guy can't bolt on his own tires and wheels he might as well sell his jeep and buy a mini van.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-28-2009, 08:44 AM
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Getting your tires balanced really helps, but it's not fun to try and do... If you have large tires you have to make sure the place you want to go to has big enough machines to do it. We tired doing my friend's tires on my machines at school and it was a hassle..
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I would also suggest throwing in some airsoft pellets in addition to the conventional rim balancing. The rim balancing tends to have a hard time balancing larger diameter tires if they aren't pretty uniform.

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flat lander, i doubt he was thinking of mounting the tires on the wheels himself. i think he meant bolt the tires and wheels on his rig after buying a tire/wheel combo. if the guy can't bolt on his own tires and wheels he might as well sell his jeep and buy a mini van.
Ahh, reading his post again I reckon you're correct.

In that case yes just bolt them on and torque to spec.

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