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Old June 6th, 2007, 04:37 PM
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Question Need Equal Tire balancer feedback

Who has used it? Is it as good as or better than weighted balancing? the EE shop write up sound pretty compelling. I'm getting ready to put 255/85/16 BFG M/T's on OEM NAS 110 tubed rims, and planning to do it myself, with my new outback offroad tire pliers. Like the idea of Equal, and particular, that I don't need to have a shop use a machine to balance them, to truly have a DYI tire solution for the field.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:29 PM
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Well, I have never used it in my D's tires, but all my work trucks (1 ton trucks setup to go down the Railroad tracks) have big 19.5" rims and tires and we use it in them with very good results. A number of my friends use the "cheap" version of equal, BB's in the tires, and they all like the results.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 09:20 PM
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My buddy put it in his tires on his disco, it seems to work pretty well. When you hit a bump, it takes a few seconds for the tires to be balanced again. And, he seems to have speeds where it works really well and some that it does not work as well.

I put some in my 35's with the beadlocks to keep them balanced on the trail. Works well. :-) For very short jaunts to a trail head, it does keep the wheels from killing me. The tires actually balance out a good bit from 30-45 MPH.

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Old June 6th, 2007, 09:29 PM
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Equal 2, weights 0. I'll buy that for a dollar.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:17 PM
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Hey Mark - I finally got my truck on the road, and have the 255/85's installed. Are you still interested in some pics or did you already buy them? I don't have any experience with Equal. You might also want to talk to John/Ho at EE directly. Even though they sell it, I'm sure they'll tell you if there are any issues to be aware of.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 12:50 PM
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I've got them in my 8.25's. They're great.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 01:46 PM
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Ryan,
Let me see those pics! Haven't got them yet.

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I'm sold on equal. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 03:35 PM
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My experience was bad. My tires wouldn't balance, even with a double dose. Finally vacuumed it out and went back to traditional balancing.

My son's LWB RR however, has had equal in the tires for 4 years, no issues.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 04:09 PM
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I'm sold on equal. Thanks for the feedback.
I tried it on my Discovery with 235/85's, I wasn't impressed, went back to weights. The Best option I have found is a Shop with a Hunter Road Force balancer that knows how to use it....
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Old June 9th, 2007, 10:52 PM
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Ryan,
Let me see those pics! Haven't got them yet.
Mark/Andrew - Figured I just post the pics here in case anyone else was interested. Sorry there's so many. I wasn't sure what angle would be the most helpful so I just included all the ones I had.

BTW, my fender brows are trimmed slightly for when I was running 35's. Lift is about 2".

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Old June 9th, 2007, 11:22 PM
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Thats a nice front bumper - I hope you didn't need a hammer to help install it, after all, you might be tempted to lay it on the ground when you had a 100 pound bumper sitting on your chest
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Thanks Ryan!
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good lookin 110.
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looks good. are you happy with your suspension setup?
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:34 AM
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Mark - I'm happy with the rear suspension (fully retained OME 755 springs, Rockware shock mounts, Bilstein 7100 12" shocks), but I'm still working on the front. Shane at Roverhybrids made me a nice set of external shock mounts for the Bilstein 7100's. But I don't have the springs dialed in yet. I went with Rovertym RR4-2 (2" lift) springs hoping to get lift by spring length rather than an overly stiff spring. But they sag too much with the 2.8. I made some temporary spacers (~1-1/8") to level out the truck for now. That's what shown in the pictures. I just received some RR4-3's which are suppose to have a slightly higher spring rate as well as the 1" additional length. I'm hoping these will work as I don't see an OME spring with the length/spring rate combo I'd like. I was running 781's when I had the 6.5 diesel, but those are really stiff springs.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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I'm going to do a mild 2" lift at some point, and hoping to find a combination that will allow a moderate ride (wife hates stiff) but prevents me from bottoming out on speedbumps that are on the tall side. I think shock upgrades are really what I need now. Haven't done any offroading yet in mine, but want something that is rugged enough to allow for extended offroading down the road, yet suitable for daily use here at home.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 03:05 PM
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You're probably best off with OME springs and shocks if everything is going to stay in the stock locations. The OME 755 springs are their "medium" rate springs for the 110, and produce about a 2" lift. I find them to be comfortable on the road with no load, and mushy when heavily loaded. For me they're the best choice as a daily driver. As I mentioned, I'm still working out the front springs. With the extra weight of the 2.8 and a winch, you'll want a higher spring rate than 751's. If I was going with OME, I'd probably try the 766. In fact, I may still end up there.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 06:20 PM
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Back to the Equal comment, if it's not too late, I had it in my 235/85 Disco tyres for probably 50k miles and it worked fine. My tyres seemed to wear evenly and rode smoothly. I have it now in the tyres on my 110 and still like it.

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Old June 14th, 2007, 09:58 PM
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Thanks Andrew. I'm going with Equal. Enough thumbs up to give me comfort. And easy enough to keep an extra bag or two as spares, if I have to do maintenance off road.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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I have XZL's on mine.

With the leads they were cupping bad.

I switched over to the Equal when I changed the rims from the alloys to LR steelies.

Since then all the cupping is gone and I am very happy. :D


Now, if I can only find a way to reduce the road noise from those XZL's....
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