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Unread 07-30-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
Eric90xj
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Recommend a good tire shop that can balance oversized tires?

I've been having a hard time finding a shop that can properly balance my 35 inches Goodyear MTRs. Can anyone recommend a good tire shop in the Austin/Round Rock area?

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Unread 08-04-2013, 03:37 AM   #2
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I never have had any luck getting my tires balanced anywhere... luckily I was a tire tech for a couple years before switching over to turning wrenches so I am pretty good at balancing mud tires/large wheels. The master mechanic that was my shop foreman where I used to work as a mechanic is now a manager/service writer over at JC Automotive in Round Rock (good shop, very honest and don't sell you stuff your vehicle doesn't need) so whenever I need my tires rebalanced, I get the opportunity to balance them myself and get them perfect.

Side note: You can zero out some mud tires and they will still vibrate a little because they will have a 'hop' to them. The only thing you can try to do at that point is rotate the tire 180* on the wheel from the side where the hop is at (where all the weight is on the wheel). Also you will generally have better luck static balancing the mud tires, so if someones trying to throw weights on the inside/outside of the wheel they are just wasting their time and making your wheel ugly with a weight slapped on the exterior.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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Good info M1Garand. It's been my experience that balancing extreme mud grip tires is pointless as they never stay balanced.
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Unread 08-07-2013, 03:32 AM   #4
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The 33x12.5r15 ProComp Xterrains on my TJ stay perfectly balanced until I go rock crawling with them aired down at 12psi. When you have them aired down and rock crawling, you have a small chance of being able to spin the tire a little bit on the wheel which ends up putting it slightly out of balance. After half a dozen times off-road rock crawling I noticed my tires were starting to vibrate a little at 55-70mph, so I went to re-balance them. They ended up being about .25-.50 oz out which isn't that bad at all.

If you never air your tires down really low or do any hard core rock crawling your tires should never come out of balance (assuming they were properly balanced the first time, its very difficult for 95% of the people that work at tire shops to balance 33"+ tires properly. You usually only will have good luck getting it done the right way by having somewhere like 4WheelParts balance them).

Make sure you also rotate/cross rotate your tires, keep the air pressure constantly at the right psi and keep your alignment in order (along with keeping your suspension up to par, bad shocks will kill your tires).
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