Tire Changes - Race Cars < a minute, Sedan 3 hours: Why?

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    Jun 06, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    Race car tires don't need to be balanced and the car aligned?

    Passenger car tires can't be put on in less than a minute?

    Race cars and sedans are different but the electronics in a race car aren't more advanced than a passenger car?
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    Jun 06, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    Race tires are mounted/inflated/balanced ahead of time.

    On passenger cars, they have to remove your wheels, remove the old tires, mount the new tires, inflate, balance, and put the wheels back on the car. The place I go to does it all under an hour.
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    xrichx saidRace tires are mounted/inflated/balanced ahead of time.

    On passenger cars, they have to remove your wheels, remove the old tires, mount the new tires, inflate, balance, and put the wheels back on the car. The place I go to does it all under an hour.
    It would be nice if wheels and tires were cheap enough to buy them as a set...not to mention the time saved by using fast tools to remove/replace the lug nuts, and a fast jack to lift/lower the car. Getting new tires would be like stopping at a stop sign.
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:28 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidRace tires are mounted/inflated/balanced ahead of time.

    On passenger cars, they have to remove your wheels, remove the old tires, mount the new tires, inflate, balance, and put the wheels back on the car. The place I go to does it all under an hour.
    It would be nice if wheels and tires were cheap enough to buy them as a set...not to mention the time saved by using fast tools to remove/replace the lug nuts, and a fast jack to lift/lower the car. Getting new tires would be like stopping at a stop sign.
    They sell kits that convert your wheels to single nut, like on F1 racing cars.
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    paulflexes said
    xrichx saidRace tires are mounted/inflated/balanced ahead of time.

    On passenger cars, they have to remove your wheels, remove the old tires, mount the new tires, inflate, balance, and put the wheels back on the car. The place I go to does it all under an hour.
    It would be nice if wheels and tires were cheap enough to buy them as a set...not to mention the time saved by using fast tools to remove/replace the lug nuts, and a fast jack to lift/lower the car. Getting new tires would be like stopping at a stop sign.
    They sell kits that convert your wheels to single nut, like on F1 racing cars.
    So it's like the Mounds of wheels? (because Almond Joy has nuts).
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    I keep two sets of wheels for my vehicles. Summer tires, winter tires. It takes me about five minutes to change all of them. Maybe five minutes for one, if I'm caught out on the road without power tools. If set is worn out at the end of the season, I drop them off at the tire store and pick them up next time I'm in town.
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    Jun 06, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    Usually for race cars, they change the whole wheel, not only the tires, right? I guess it takes more time to get the tires out of a wheel and place a new one on it.
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    Jun 07, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Thanks.

    So, like, when I changed the tire to get home on my spare, the spare is a tire and a wheel, and I put the original tire and wheel where the spare was.

    Google Result:

    An alignment is an adjustment to the stearing axel to make sure both front tires are in align with each other.

    A wheel balance, they take the tire on the rim and put it on a machine and check the balance if it is not in balance ,they add little lead wieghts that clip onto the rim to get it in balance.


    My Response: Really? I didn't know that's what wheel balancing was.