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#4423199 - 06/05/17 02:41 PM Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap!
Traction Offline


Registered: 06/04/13
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Apparently GM is requiring all dealerships to upgrade to new Road Force balancers. Today I bought a 10 year old used working Hunter Road Force from a local GM dealer for $1900. New they were over $20,000. I will sell my 15 year old balancer that still looks new for hopefully $900. Seems like a good deal to me anyway. Now I just need how to move the 900 pound beast home to my shop.


Edited by Traction (06/05/17 02:45 PM)
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#4423241 - 06/05/17 03:33 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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The good thing about buying one from an auto dealer is that it probably didn't rack up the use compared to if a tire shop had it.
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#4423280 - 06/05/17 04:24 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 09/12/04
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
The good thing about buying one from an auto dealer is that it probably didn't rack up the use compared to if a tire shop had it.


Thats exactly what I was thinking.

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#4423316 - 06/05/17 05:04 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 01/01/13
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GM made the balancer "essential equipment". Any dealer with a gen3 or older is required to get a new one to be paid for warranty work.

$1900 is a steal...There should be plenty for sale in the coming months.
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#4423358 - 06/05/17 05:54 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: skyactiv]
Traction Offline


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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
The good thing about buying one from an auto dealer is that it probably didn't rack up the use compared to if a tire shop had it.

Yes, it probably didn't get used a lot, but the people using it were definitely not OCD about keeping it clean and nice. It will take some detailing to make it look nice again, but that shouldn't affect it's function. I've been yearning for one since they came out, but I have done better with my standard balancer for 15 years, that most operators could not do with better using the best balancer made. Not matter what balancer, you end up with thousands in all the different fn adaptors you need to buy. Luckily I have most, and they will work on the Hunter too.
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#4423691 - 06/06/17 01:00 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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Score. I want one. First i need a big lot and a shop to put one..
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#4423793 - 06/06/17 06:56 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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I wonder if the older Snap-On, the one where the user has to crank, will get even cheaper?

Not saying I enjoy tire work, but it sure would be nice to have a balancer. Once I have a place to store such a beast.
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#4423891 - 06/06/17 08:42 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: supton]
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Originally Posted By: supton
I wonder if the older Snap-On, the one where the user has to crank, will get even cheaper?

Not saying I enjoy tire work, but it sure would be nice to have a balancer. Once I have a place to store such a beast.

Since every non-compliant GM dealer in the nation needs to upgrade, all balancers from these sites should be considered.

Keep your eyes open for tire changers too. On May 15th, GM updated its Critical Equipment Requirements and Recommendations.
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#4424712 - 06/07/17 07:00 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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I wish I could... no place to store it.
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#4424864 - 06/07/17 09:53 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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I have never touched a Hunter machine, but when I worked at Plaza Motors we worked on one of the Hunter family cars...a late 70s Cadillac Fleetwood 75 factory limousine, black with red leather...the bumper filler panels were falling apart and we replaced then with new repro pieces. Cool old piece that was something of a family heirloom.
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#4425287 - 06/07/17 05:49 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: supton]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Originally Posted By: supton
I wonder if the older Snap-On, the one where the user has to crank, will get even cheaper?

Not saying I enjoy tire work, but it sure would be nice to have a balancer. Once I have a place to store such a beast.


I have one and it has a 2x3 foot footprint! You could put it in your linen closet. wink

Shown with other cultch for scale. wink

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#4425767 - 06/08/17 08:41 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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Yeah I know... but it's still too big. frown
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#4427351 - 06/10/17 02:22 AM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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My problem is a different kind....I have a 30x40 pole barn I could easily put tire machines in, and boy howdy would I love to.
No money to do so though.
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#4429667 - 06/12/17 05:53 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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Registered: 06/04/13
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Saw a Road Force balancer somewhere in Utah on ebay for $1500. Got mine home today using a drop-deck trailer for $90. Unloaded the 850 pound balancer by myself. It's not looking too bad after cleaning off 2 layers of dirt. It has probably never wiped down since new! After a little more detailing I'll try to figure out how to make it all work.


Edited by Traction (06/12/17 05:57 PM)
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#4436051 - 06/19/17 04:31 PM Re: Used Hunter Road Force balancers will be cheap! [Re: Traction]
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After cleaning off 10 years worth of dirt, my $1900 Road Force balancer looks pretty good. Figured out how to calibrate it, and use it fairly easily. Everything seems to work fine. Even got the printer to work. Used it on one set of autocross tires today.



Edited by Traction (06/19/17 04:36 PM)
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