Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 00:46:11 GMT
From: Just Bob  <>
Subject: Re: Hey JB, whats the story with the hunter machine?

On Fri, 21 Dec 2001 01:52:29 GMT, (adl6009) wrote: >I read the post where you recomended it, what the story? Does >it balance tires better than any other machine? You are better off reading what they have to say at their web site, that hearing it from me. However, here's a quick summary: Most shops have multiple problems balancing wheels. The first is that some (most) wheels are centered by the lugs, some are centered by the hub ring . A normal balancer doesn't make any provision for balancing the wheel the way it actually mounts to the car. Next, the spindle and the cone that they tighten up against your fine alloys wheels are horribly worn at most tire shops due to the thousands of steel wheels that they slap on and off day after day. So, their machine is incapable of balancing correctly, even if they know now to do it. Their "mechanics" don't even understand the difference between alloys that balance with stick on weights inside the rim and steel wheels that balance with weights on the edge. They don't know, or just don't bother, to calibrate the machine - something they are supposed to do when they balance different types of wheels. Lastly, they never bother to check to see if the wheel is true (side to side) wobble or round (rim is concentric with the hub). They also don't check to see if the tire is round which can also be a problem. You can balance an egg: it still rides like an egg. Enter the Hunter: it balances your wheels in the same way that they mount on the car. It measures the rim for trueness and roundness. It checks the tires for true and round. It balances the tires by spinning them with a road load on them. It's run by someone who's been specially trained to use the machine and understand the results it delivers. In short, it's the answer to all your balancing and true/round needs. Bob

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