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Old Aug 01, 2015, 10:51 PM
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Wheel weights?Trying to get my road program up to speed,for the Nats. in Oct.. So whats the deal with wheel weights, what are they for and what do they actually do?????? Thanks RichT.
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Old Aug 01, 2015, 11:29 PM
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Wheel weights add stability.
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Old Aug 02, 2015, 01:24 AM
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Heavier wheel = more stable at low speeds less steering at high speeds
Lighter wheel = less stable at low speed more steering at high speed
Adjust geometry to compensate
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Old Aug 02, 2015, 09:01 PM
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I see, Do you run heavy/light in sets, or can you mix them up? And do you ever run with out them? Thanks again Rich T.
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In my experience this is a difficult question to answer. I know you don't want to hear "try it yourself and see" but that really is the trick.

I think Stelios posted one time an observation of the top drivers in regards to wheel weights. Some ran none, others heavier in front, others heavier in back. Just like steering setup and suspension setup everyone has a different preference. It really has to suit your driving style. There is no one answer.

Sometimes you have a driving style and you modify your bike to suit it. Sometimes you don't have a driving style and so you mod your bike until you are comfortable with it.

Going back to your first question, it is much easier to add weights to the light wheels than to subtract weight from the heavier wheels so that's how I started.
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Old Aug 03, 2015, 04:01 AM
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Heavy rear wheel reduces steering especially if the front wheel is heavy as well. So the best place to start is to get the rear wheel to grip on the surface your driving on very well. Then dial is steering and responsiveness. Front grip is usually easy to acheive its rear grip thats tough to get tuned.
Small tight tracks you might like more stability because the speeds are low so use a heavier front wheel. Larger flowing tracks you may like a lighter wheel because the wheel speeds are high therefore more gyroscopic effect.
So yes trial and error is the way to go but you should get used to the stock set up first then adjust from there so you have a baseline. When lost you just go back to the baseline.
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