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#696414 - 02/23/05 05:51 AM best alignment and tire balancing machines
Surprise Offline


Registered: 01/14/03
Posts: 69
Loc: California
Assuming that the best equipment is more likely to give the best results the first time. What machine should I ask my local auto shops if they use?

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#696415 - 02/23/05 06:34 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
k1xv Offline


Registered: 04/29/03
Posts: 1108
Loc: Southern Vermont
I usually look for shops that use Hunter equipment.

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#696416 - 02/23/05 07:08 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
doctormdds Offline


Registered: 02/13/04
Posts: 46
Loc: SW Louisiana
Hunter GSP9700 is the BEST wheel balancer. I only use shops that have this balancer and have a tech who knows how to use it. Alignment machines I'm not familiar with but I understand Hunter makes some darn good ones. Here is a link to the Hunter wheel balancers for your convenience:
http://www.hunter.com/pub/product/balancer/index.htm

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#696417 - 02/23/05 09:43 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
Bagger_Matt Offline


Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 252
Loc: Virginia
Hunter for both in my shop.

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#696418 - 02/23/05 02:06 PM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
Gurkha Offline


Registered: 05/30/04
Posts: 855
Loc: India
Hoffman from Germany as well as Mitutoyo Japan makes some real reliable and accurate machines.

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#696419 - 02/24/05 06:41 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
srivett Offline


Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 894
Loc: Sudbury, Ontario
The last motorcycle shop I went to had bungee cords on the wheel balancer! [Confused] I suspect it has to do something with the fact that motorcycle wheels have bearings in them but I found it pretty unusual.

Steve

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#696420 - 02/25/05 05:25 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
Surprise Offline


Registered: 01/14/03
Posts: 69
Loc: California
Thanks for all of the advice!

One more question though. Would asking a tireshop what model of equipment that they use be reasonable?

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#696421 - 02/25/05 06:45 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
michaelc80 Offline


Registered: 06/22/04
Posts: 1779
Loc: Central Iowa
quote:
Originally posted by Surprise:
Thanks for all of the advice!

One more question though. Would asking a tireshop what model of equipment that they use be reasonable?

Absolutely. I was having vibration issues with a new set of tires on a car last summer. I finally did some research and discovered that Hunter balancers were highly recommended, and I called around and found a tire shop close by with a Hunter machine.

As a sidebar note, once the tires were balanced on the Hunter machine, the vibration was gone-even at 100+MPH. I liked it so well I took my other vehicles there (Jeeps) and had the tires rebalanced (both were off slightly).

Some shops with websites may advertise the brand of equipment they have on the website.

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#696422 - 02/25/05 10:28 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
outrun Offline


Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 1714
Loc: Texas & BWI Area
I am an Alignment Ace [Smile]

My rule of thumb you are only asking for trouble when installing tires and not checking the alignment.

I concur HUNTER led-sensored machines are great.

Type in the make of the model, it spits out suspension geometries, even better it shows digital captures of where the vehicles caster/etc adjusters are.

This is very useful on vehicles (esp, european, caddilac etc) with there complicated Independent Rear Suspension set-ups.

It also produces a before and after printout.

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#696423 - 02/25/05 11:07 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
k1xv Offline


Registered: 04/29/03
Posts: 1108
Loc: Southern Vermont
quote:
Originally posted by Surprise:
Thanks for all of the advice!

One more question though. Would asking a tireshop what model of equipment that they use be reasonable?

In the old days, shops used to advertise (such as in the Yellow Pages) what brand of equipment they used, so it certainly would be reasonable to ask. Those who invested in good equipment should be happy to tell you about it!

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#696424 - 02/25/05 06:55 PM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
97tbird Offline


Registered: 05/09/03
Posts: 8209
Loc: Fayetteville, NC
The following site has a link to search for shops which use the GSP9700 in your area with the zip-code.

www.gsp9700.com

I always ask what kind of a machine they have; no prob's, they even show me the machine to prove they're telling the truth. [Smile]

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#696425 - 02/27/05 11:14 AM Re: best alignment and tire balancing machines
vwoom Offline


Registered: 09/09/04
Posts: 713
Loc: San Gabriel Valley
Another vote here for the GSP9700.. [Cheers!]

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