Will Vanco big brake kit fit with Centramatic balancers?

connor grimes

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I want to upgrade to a big brake kit. Currently running 35’s on 15” AR23’s. I’m running centramatic wheel balancers which I love and would definitely want to keep using them. Looking for input as to whether they can work together
 
I can’t comment about the 15” but I am running the 16” BBK and the caliper saddle comes out past the rotor and binds with the centramatics. You can run spacers if you want to keep them. I have thought about trying to reshape them with a bead roller but haven’t tried yet. I spoke with centramatic to see if they had any ideas to reshape but they had nothing.

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I am running Centramatics with the 15/16" Vanco kit. Mine do not have the dimpled offset that the newer ones seem to.
 
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Ooh that's interesting. Would you have the model number of the balancer you are running? And any pics?

No numbers. All I know is that they are flat all the way out to the rolled tube with balancing dust inside.
 
Wait a second, LOL, I just pulled the wheels off my TJ that I bought last year and it had these on there. I assumed they were some sort of dust cover and deemed them stupid, so I didn't reinstall them.

What exactly do they do? Does it mean I don't have to balance my wheels?
 
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Hmm I’ll have to pull my balancers to see if they are rolled or not , was hoping @mrblaine could speak from experience if he has installed any BBK with the centramatics as well
 
Wait a second, LOL, I just pulled the wheels off my TJ that I bought last year and it had these on there. I assumed they were some sort of dust cover and deemed them stupid, so I didn't reinstall them.

What exactly do they do? Does it mean I don't have to balance my wheels?

Put them back on they’re amazing
 
Wait a second, LOL, I just pulled the wheels off my TJ that I bought last year and it had these on there. I assumed they were some sort of dust cover and deemed them stupid, so I didn't reinstall them.

What exactly do they do? Does it mean I don't have to balance my wheels?

You still need to balance the wheels. At best, Centramatics will compensate for small imbalances caused by mud, ice, a lost weight. And they create a quiet, but noticable washing sound at low speeds. I'll be switching to a different bolt pattern soon and I doubt I will make any effort to keep Centramatics as part of the wheel assembly.
 
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You still need to balance the wheels. At best, Centramatics will compensate for small imbalances caused by mud, ice, a lost weight. And they create a quiet, but noticable washing sound at low speeds. I'll be switching to a different bolt pattern soon and I doubt I will make any effort to keep Centramatics as part of the wheel assembly.

Looks like they are just external balance beads.
 
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