Baja racers-what do you use to balance wheels?

I balanced my wheels on the 650R for the first time last night using the adhesive lead squares with duct tape. The smoothness at high speed is incredible! I was wondering what the Baja racers use for weight. I don't like the looks of my wheels with the lead squares.

...The smoothness at high speed is incredible!...

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I also use lead squares. If there's a better alternative I'd like to know too.

use the search for this. i started a thread awhile ago that if i remember right, got fairly big.

I use lead squares, with ductape liberally used over them, and they stick on for 1500 miles or so of mostly offroad, and sand.

however there are spoke weights that clamp on. they are more $$$ but less likely to come off. parts unlimited has them in the cataloge in different weights.

i use lead solder, and melt the ends together (on the spoke nipple)

You should ask this in the "baja" forum... :thumbsup:

You can get lead weight strips with adhesive foam tape already on it. No duct tape required.

I'm going to go out on a limb here...

I've personally not used anything to balance a wheel. My personal opinion is I don't think it's necessary when riding, or racing Baja or any desert event. But I know there are a few that do ... and do swear by it.

Do the rocks I hear in my front tire (from my last crash) ruin any kind of balance?! :D ... or how about the 8oz of slime? I've heard it's self balancing. But, again... who ever knows when your getting the crap beat outa' ya anyway. :lol:

May I ask why you are enquiring (personal curiousity)? Is it just to get something more stealth?! Something that won't "fling" off in worst case scenario?!

You can get lead weight strips with adhesive foam tape already on it. No duct tape required.

I've never seen them that weren't adhesive backed. Even so, after hundreds of miles off-road I've had them fall off. Now I duct tape them too.

I'm going to go out on a limb here...

I've personally not used anything to balance a wheel. My personal opinion is I don't think it's necessary when riding, or racing Baja or any desert event. But I know there are a few that do ... and do swear by it.

Do the rocks I hear in my front tire (from my last crash) ruin any kind of balance?! :D ... or how about the 8oz of slime? I've heard it's self balancing. But, again... who ever knows when your getting the crap beat outa' ya anyway. :lol:

May I ask why you are enquiring (personal curiousity)? Is it just to get something more stealth?! Something that won't "fling" off in worst case scenario?!

Gonna agree with this. My front wheel wobbles like the flintstones and I still haul ass :excuseme: Street and Off-road :-)

What method do you guys use to balance the wheel and to determine how much weight to put on?

I have a static balancer I got off ebay a few years ago. then just use boxing tape to attach a bunch of weights by trial and error to balance the wheel. with practice you can get pretty close to the right number of weights first try.

I just use two jack stands and a metal rod. Stick the rod through the hub and place on the two jackstands. It's easy to find the heavy spot just by letting the wheel find which way it likes to "drop". I just keep putting weight opposite that spot until the wheel doesn't show any preference to where it likes to come to a rest. Pretty easy.

My settup is crude and not as accurate--I'm sure--as a purpose built static balancer. But it works well enough. I don't need them to be absolutely perfect--just close enough that I can't feel or see any imbalance when I'm doing 65mph on pavement. I've found that when my rear wheel is imbalanced it's quite hard to actually feel. But I can see it if I look down at the wheel! With no balancing weights I've been amazed how much it "hops" up and down. On one specific occasion I remember seeing a DRZ going down the freeway and its rear wheel was hopping like crazy. I though--obviously not balanced, and I bet he isn't even aware of it.

The rear is a little harder with my crude method. Since the wheel is so much heavier than the front there is a lot more drag against free-spinning. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the wheel is reluctant to "fall" one way or the other because it's balanced or because of drag.

At the moment I believe I have 2 1/2 oz on my rear wheel and 1 1/2 oz on my front. All the weight is almost directly opposite my rim locks. If I was changing tires and didn't have a way to balance them, I'd be fine with just putting two oz opposite each rim lock.

I balance the wheels (front and back no tires) with duel rim locks. I don't balance the wheels with the tires. So, they are not totaly balanced but, real close (much closer then one rim lock) and night and day compared to un-balanced. As you can see here the rim locks were not across from each other to balance the front wheel but, they were close on the rear.

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