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Old 02-28-2011
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I checked to see if this matter has been addressed before, but didn't see anything. This may be a dumb question But with tires and wheels this big, are they spin balanced after the tires are mounted to the wheels? Also, how are the valve stems supose appear on the rear (toward the inside, or pointed out)?
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some shops do spin balance the big tires after the wheels are installed.
The outer wheel has the stem pointed in,the inner wheel has the stem pointed out.
I use Centramatic wheel balancers on the front,and Equal on the rears (because I don't have the Centramatic's for the rears)

There's all kinds of ideas on balancing.
Here's my take on it.
Spin balancing the tires gets them balanced in a controlled environment slow speed,no weight,and room temps.
I think that at speed,with high temps and heavy loads that the tires change shape and with that change the balance changes.
There's something called radial distortion too.
Some people claim Equal will clump in a tire,not true.
Golf balls,bb's and windshield washer fluids have all been used to balance tires,all work just fine.
I think drive on lead weights are a a waste of time and money,they fall off,and new tires will slip on the rim after being installed,braking i guess is when this happens..
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I put Centramatics on my coach (front and rear) and it was like driving a different bus. The coach feels as if it is glued to the road. Once they are on the coach you never have to worry about balancing again.
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space the air valves 180 apart

and don't let them rest on any weights which are on the drums

it will wear out and damage the valve stem
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Some people claim Equal will clump in a tire,not true.
That's right, humidity levels in our tires is very, very, low and decreasing with time; hence, no clumping. All you have to do is install the special valve stem filters if you run a TPMS that screws on to the valve stem

I run Centramatics and love them. Balance Masters are another alternative. Forget about traditional balancing with weights, just be careful when removing the steer axle tires cause it's easy for a tire/wheel to come crushing down on the Centramatic.
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I'm planning on changing steer tires soon. Anyone know the bolt pattern for the PT - wheels? Are they 10 bolts on 11.25" bolt circle? Seems like the centramatics are worth a try.

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What do the Centramatics cost and do you need them on Tags?
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No idea on cost,but yes,you need them on all wheel positions.
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space the air valves 180 apart

and don't let them rest on any weights which are on the drums

it will wear out and damage the valve stem

Check out this entire thread;

Wanderlodge Owners Group > Mechanic's Corner > Tires, Brakes, Steering and Suspensions >(WORN METAL VALVE STEM) First trip starts bad ends great

Here is what Woody is referring to;

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Here is the Feature Of The Month article from the old forum, I'm not that positive that it could not wear through a new stem that quick, when they came out to where you were sitting with the blowout and changed out the tire, did they change out the stem too or just the tire?
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Thanks guys, this is the ticket It appears that, Centramatics and Balance Masters are the same concept With regards to the rear axle on my FC, how many of these devices would be needed. Centramatics sells 2 of them for approx. $200
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