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Old 08-30-2021, 09:22 PM
N29945 N29945 is offline
 
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Default Red dot on tire

Now I need a word from the experts, I have watched a couple of utube videos on changing the main gear tires on an RV 6A, you might have guessed there are two ways to position the 🔴 red dot and the valve stem, one says align the red dot with the valve stem, the other says to put the red dot 180 degrees from the valve stem, the logic here being the red dot is the heavy point on the tire, put the extra weight of the valve stem 180 degrees from the heavy spot on the tire, and presto the tire is balanced, however it seems most mechanics disagree with this procedure as does Vans construction manual.

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Old 08-30-2021, 10:13 PM
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The red dot is supposed to be the lightest spot on the tire, that’s why you align it with the valve stem.
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:08 AM
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Default Red dot = Valve stem

Yes, Red Dot gets aligned with the valve stem.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:45 PM
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I thought I was supposed to land on the red dot...
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:48 PM
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Default Or the Mark on the Tube

Once upon a time, aircraft inner tubes came with a balance mark on them and we’d line that up with the red dot. No mark on the tube, then put the valve stem on the red dot. The mark was a rectangular box with an arrow and the word bal or balance.
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:32 PM
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I thought I was supposed to land on the red dot...
The trouble with that idea is the tires eventually get bald at the red spot and get out of balance.
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:17 PM
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The trouble with that idea is the tires eventually get bald at the red spot and get out of balance.
I think he’s referring to the red dot on the runway.. like landing at OSH.
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:27 PM
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I’m truly amazed by some of these facetious answers and the responses to them.

I hope my head doesn’t explode.
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:29 PM
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Default Red Dot 🔴

Thank for the clarification, I have mounted two tires with the red dots lined up with the valve stem.....
Landing on the red dot does not even deserve a response......
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Old 08-31-2021, 08:35 PM
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Default Red dot on tire

Red dot highest point on tire-Yellow dot lightest point on tire "As told to Me by my Tire Representatives"
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