DIY Wheel Balancing Stand

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DIY Wheel Balancing Stand

Post by 132NHAF » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:54 pm

I used some scraps I had laying around and a some items at the hardware store to make a Balancing Stand. Total cost (not including scraps) $6.

The one overhead shows the order of the items on the balancing shaft. I did this so that I could capture the bearing at one end and lock the Knurled Nut at the center to make it easier to swap wheels while still allowing for some adjustment.

The "sandwiched" peices at the ends are to trap the bearing. The slots are slightly narrower than the middle slot to keep the bearing from moving from side to side.

The Nylocs at the bearing end are to keep the shaft in place. Since it is a piece of all-thread, it likes to travel. I started with rubber rings, then realized that once they made contact with the sides it slowed down the wheel.

The last picute was to show that it can also do Clod wheels. Funny thing I noticed though, is that without foams, or taping/strapping the inside of the tires, the Clod tires (at least the one I checked) are almost perfectly balanced.

Comments (except for you Halgar) and ideas for improvements are definitely welcome.
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Re: DIY Wheel Balancing Stand

Post by charliechristmas58 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:16 pm

So what do you do if there not balanced ?
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Re: DIY Wheel Balancing Stand

Post by 132NHAF » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:51 pm

Ahhhh, the big question. Still trying to figure that one out myself..LOL


Just kidding!!! You add a little clay to the off-side. Once it is balanced, push the clay to the inside of the wheel. Works great. Check out YouTube. ProLine has a bunch of videos about those things. Taping tires is another great idea. Just did all of the m on my RC 10 and will soon do the same to my NitroMT.
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Re: DIY Wheel Balancing Stand

Post by Diamond Dave » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:34 am

Years ago I had heard the same thing, If it so out of balance you either buy new, or add/shave/trim weights.

On my bashers, I am not worried about it to much unless you see if happen as you are running.(wheel flop or extreme speed wobble)

As for the clay situation, that makes total sense, Great build on a simple thing to set up. Thread should be stuck. Good job on a simple design.

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Re: DIY Wheel Balancing Stand

Post by SFC K » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:55 am

Looks great! Nice idea and your write up is outstanding. Thanks for sharing! :wink:
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