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Old 01-16-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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RoadForce balance or not?

I have never roadforce balanced wheels before. Is it really necessary? I have never had an issue with regular wheel balancers. I ask because I found a place near me that has a Hunter RoadForce machine, but charges a premium for using it.

Cost to me for 18" wheel package tires installed and balanced is $140. Crazy no? Or worth it?

Normal pricing in our area would be anywhere between $80-$100, so a good 40-50% less.

Is it worth it?
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Most places don't charge extra for it. It simply puts pressure against the tire while it's balancing to more accurately simulate road conditions and provide a better quality service to consumers. A shop that uses Hunter balancing and alignment equipment and knows how to use it, that's worth the extra money over no-name equipment and people that don't know how to use very well.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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this shop has a great reputation. I guess I'll "splurge"
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I'd recommend it. The machine will match high and low points on the wheel and tire, and it will allow for the best possible balance. Now, you won't necessarily need to Road Force balance every single wheel and tire, but there may be an instance where you need to rotate the tire around the wheel just a bit to get the best possible balance.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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Thanks! I set up an appointment for tomorrow. I will Road Force balance.
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It's definitely worth it if you can afford it. You want to ideally do it if you can. If not, that's okay too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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I didn't have time today, but I will definately get it done. Its not the affordabilty, just hate wasting money, but I am now convinced its worth it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:44 PM   #9
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Had them done last week. Shop was great, very careful with my wheels. Brand new equipement.

Wheels balanced very well, not requiring too much weights.
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