Static wheel balancing. The old fashioned way. Perhaps not recommended for super-wide modern wheels and tyres, but still a valid method for the narrower wheels and tyres fitted to older and classic cars. Gunson has just introduced this simple to use static wheel balancer (part number 77162) letting you quickly and easily balance your wheels in the home workshop or garage. Static balancing ensures the tyre is balanced around its circumference, even as it deforms with speed, temperature and pressure. This reduces vibrations at high speed and enhances tyre tread life. Particularly suited to crossply and bias-belted tyres.
The wheel to be balanced centres on a machined aluminium cone allowing all types of wheels (including wire wheels) with 1½" - 4" (38mm – 101.6mm) diameter centre holes to be balanced. The balance is read using a fluid bubble level. The base is cast aluminium and includes wells for balance weights.
The tool is very easy to use: place the wheel/tyre carefully onto the balancer head cone and ensure it is properly seated. With the wheel/tyre completely still, and looking from directly above, check the position of the bubble inside the level. The wheel is out of balance if any part of the bubble is touching or overlapping the black circle. Place a wheel weight on the wheel rim on the side nearest the bubble. Then observe the movement of the bubble. When the bubble is exactly centred, the wheel is balanced.
Suitable for home or general workshop use and ideal for the classic car restorer, the Gunson 77162 static wheel balancer is available now from your local stockist.