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Road Force Balance

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by thomasr1950, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. Jul 9, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    thomasr1950

    thomasr1950 [OP] 16 Tacoma TRD Sport

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    I've got some vibration around 60 to 70 mph. The dealer has balanced my tires once & it helped. Now it is coming back but not as bad. I've got 4700 mi on my 09 dbl cab. Today after work when i got on the Interstate it felt like i had a flat spot on one or more tires. I've noticed this a few times before then it seems to go away. Will the dealer do a Road Force Balance on my tires & is it covered under warranty?
     
  2. Jul 9, 2009 at 11:43 PM
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    My 09 Dbl cab just had an alignment at the 5000 mile service. I told them that when they rotated the tires I had the same problem as you. They did the alignment a few days later and found that the factory alignment was off by .36. This only means one thing. That all Tacoma's built and aligned on that machine or however they do it was fed the wrong specs. And yes it is covered under warranty.
     
  3. Jul 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM
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    I think the road force balance is not a balance but a test of variances in the tire strength. The tire machine uses this pad that is held against the tire and the machine gives it a quick spin. It's checking the sidewalls for evenness. Some All terrain tires always fail that test though. What tires are you running.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    I had vibes in my Tundra when I changed the stock tires out and put on Revo's. I ended up doing the Road Force Balance and absolutely loved it! It solved my issues and felt it was the best money I've spent on Tundra as the ride significantly improved. What RF does is simulate a load on the tire and find the odd spots and balance them out properly. I recommend it!

    Rob
     
  5. Jul 10, 2009 at 2:43 PM
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    had same problem on my 2009 first time at dealer didnt fix it second time they road force balanced them worked perfect didnt cost me anything
     
  6. Jul 10, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    r ne of u guys running on aftermarket rims and tires or stock wheels
     
  7. Jul 10, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    Stock for now
     
  8. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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  9. Jul 11, 2009 at 9:10 AM
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    Rob
     
  10. Jul 12, 2009 at 7:47 AM
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    general61 Nope.....I wasn't there........

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    The road force balance is really a match balance. The balancer tells the operator how far to rotate the tire on the wheel so the "heavy" spot matches with the "light" spot on the wheel. It does give a reading called force feedback.....but truthfully its not very valuable to help fix ride issue's on tires(its literally just a number). It also seats the beads of the tire which is also very useful. When I use our road force...I just use the match function and it always works out. If a tire is really that bad, it will call for large amout of weight. In that case, every tire company has a policy to take the tire back and replace it with a new one....if the tire is not very old. Good luck....
     
  11. Jul 12, 2009 at 8:21 AM
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    Do you believe this is worthwhile and money well spent? Is it he best form of balancing in your experience? Always interested in what operators have to say. Thanks in advance!

    Rob
     
  12. Jul 12, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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    Also,

    If there is a really heavy spot, would you dismount the tire, turn it, say 90 degrees, and re mount it, hoping that you got a heavy spot on the tire and rim in the same spot before and that they have now moved?

    Thanks
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  13. Jul 12, 2009 at 9:23 AM
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    general61 Nope.....I wasn't there........

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    Yes its worth while because once you get the tire matched, it typically never needs to be done again and it uses less weight. Its how I balance my own tires. Money well spent is a different matter....it depends on whether the shop you go to will spin the tire on the wheel after they road force it. If they just spin it and put it on, (which a lot of people do),not so much. You just got a regular balance, even if they used a Hunter road force machine. Its a premium service because it takes a good bit of extra time to do it right. Last time I did it(granted I'm an old fart) it took me about an hour by myself.:eek: And that was just balancing the tires. For me, if I ever left the industry, I would pay for it. Its the best way to balance the tires from the start. Hope that helps....
     
  14. Jul 12, 2009 at 9:32 AM
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    general61 Nope.....I wasn't there........

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    At the shop, we always turn it 180 degrees. Not that its a better way, that's what I was taught a long time ago and it just stuck. That's where the road force comes in. It can tell you,with a good degree of accuracy, where to move the tire. Giving you the better result. If I didn't have the road force available to me.....I would do the 180\90 degrees method. Because then you have to spin it anyways to see if the weight went down....If the weight goes down you have gotten closer or matched the heavy spot of the tire with light spot of the wheel.
     
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