Tire truing and wheel balancing

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I had the tires on my Silverado all trued and balanced. Man what a difference. You would think that cutting rubber off would decrease the life of the tire but it actually doesn't. Plus they balanced the tires on the vehicle. I think this is the best way to go. It balances the entire assembly. What amazes me is that they do it all by feel. No fancy computers or gadgets.

I now have a nice smooth ride.

Here is a picture of them truing the tire.

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Here they are balancing the tire on the truck.

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I had a friend that had four new tires put on at Firestone. He kept taking it back to them because of a vibration. After the fifth trip I told him to take it to Dean's to have them true the tires and rebalance them. So he did. He was one happy camper after that. He said his car never rode so smooth before.

It is all I ever have done anymore. My tires last a long time. The last set of All Terrain T/A's on my little Sonoma lasted me 70k miles. Just kept them rotated balanced and had them trued right after I had them put on.

It hurts to see all that rubber being cut off, but it really doesn't effect the life of the tire. At least in my experience.:)

In the bottom picture you can see his hand on the hood. That is all he does is feel when the vibration is gone and the wheel is balanced. Amazing!
 

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I've seen something similar to this done at SCCA races for the race cars but never on a street vehicle.
 

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That is truley an art from the past. Its good to see that it is still alive.
 

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I had a friend that had four new tires put on at Firestone. He kept taking it back to them because of a vibration. After the fifth trip I told him to take it to Dean's to have them true the tires and rebalance them. So he did. He was one happy camper after that. He said his car never rode so smooth before.

It is all I ever have done anymore. My tires last a long time. The last set of All Terrain T/A's on my little Sonoma lasted me 70k miles. Just kept them rotated balanced and had them trued right after I had them put on.

It hurts to see all that rubber being cut off, but it really doesn't effect the life of the tire. At least in my experience.:)

In the bottom picture you can see his hand on the hood. That is all he does is feel when the vibration is gone and the wheel is balanced. Amazing!


Properly maintained BFG A/T's will last 70k on their own...
However, probably don't ride as smooth as they do after getting trued :thumbs:
 

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My late Father was in the tire business all of my life.
He had machines like that.

I didn't know anyone was still doing them that way.

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