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DRR Sportsman
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After sticking weight on the rim, what are you using to put over weights for extra hold down to the rim ???? Thanks jjj
 
Posts: 188 | Location: WI 53511 | Registered: October 05, 2000Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I've always used duct tape, just force of habit. I would think you'd be fine with nothing as long as the wheel was cleaned well before the weights were stuck on.


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I use ISC gaffers tape. Clean the wheel one or two strips down before the weights then the same to cover them. No more dealing with the double sided foam tape mess.


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I stopped using tape a long time ago. When I am mounting tires, I use scotch-brite & brake cleaner to clean the backs of the wheels really well and use good quality stick on wheel weights.


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I use foil tape over gorilla tape. Might be overkill but I had duct tape catch fire once from the heat of the brakes
 
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Speaking of balancing slicks,I saw a post on Facebook where many said they don't balance their slicks.
Are they really serious?
 
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I've always thought there was a rule (IHRA/NHRA) that said stick-on weights are to be used for balancing and then must be covered with duct tape to prevent the weights from slinging off at speed.

As for me, I always clean the wheel very good before applying the stick-on weights. Then I do cover them with duct tape.


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Has to be a reason the tire guys use tape...even on front dragster wheels?

My son hasn't balanced rear tires on last 3 sets...says he can't tell either way...I keep balancing mine.
 
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There is definitely a difference, you can even hear let alone feel it in the burnout with a door car.
 
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After washing, I clean inside of wheel where weights need to go with lighter fluid. Apply weights and tap down with plastic hammer. I purchase the least expensive from Ebay and never had them come off. Always need to use a plastic tool to remove them. Don’t see the need for tape and never used it.
 
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Probably has a lot to do with the wheel... if the wheel has a flat surface that is parallel to the ground it's probably not an issue but if its a narrower wheel and the weights are on a surface that is slanted, then I would guess there is a better chance they sling off at speed.


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Put gorilla tape on first then weights then more gorilla tape……Way less mess on wheels this way
 
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Originally posted by TORQIN:
Has to be a reason the tire guys use tape...even on front dragster wheels?

My son hasn't balanced rear tires on last 3 sets...says he can't tell either way...I keep balancing mine.


I've heard(hearsay, opinion) that you accelerate through an imbalance situation that it's not an issue Drag racing.

I've done nothing, bubble balanced and spin balanced. In my case, never an issue with any.

I like the tip by SP 124X. The glue/foam is a ***** to clean up.



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i dont balance mine
 
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Thank you very much everyone for the info !
jjj
 
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Harbor Freight bubble balancer, Harbor Freight steel wheel weights, 3M VHB tape...never lost a weight....and smooth as glass going down the track...

When it's time to rebalance, I remove the weights, soak them in brake clean to get the old tape off, apply new tape, and reuse......buy them once and don't have to worry about them again.


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Harbor Freight bubble balancer, Harbor Freight steel wheel weights, 3M VHB tape...never lost a weight....and smooth as glass going down the track...

When it's time to rebalance, I remove the weights, soak them in brake clean to get the old tape off, apply new tape, and reuse......buy them once and don't have to worry about them again.


I have used the foil tape in the past, but may try the vhb. I have lost weights.....but during some severe tire shake.


Foxtrot Juliet Bravo
 
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Had a rear set out of balance once, felt strange in the burnout but I didn’t put my finger on it right away. By about 330’ I figured out what was up.
 
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The above post about "I don't balance my tires." caused me to raise an eyebrow. Consider the diameter of our drag race tires, consider the potential forces of several ounces of imbalance, consider the diameter of a crankshaft, do you balance the engine rotating assembly?


Larry Woodfin



 
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