Miscentering during wheel balancing procedures is the number one cause of improper balancing and customer comebacks. Automatic CenteringCheck® always monitors wheel centering to reduce setup errors.
Hunter Road Force® Elite Wheel Balancer
Quickly diagnose vibration issues that traditional balancers can't identify.
Floor-to-floor diagnostic wheel balance process
Per year on average with SmartWeight® and Road Force® technology
Approve or require it in their facilities
Hunter Road Force® Elite
Road Force® Elite at-a-glance
- Perform a Road Force® test and balance faster than any traditional balancer.
- Eliminate error opportunities with the patented vision system.
- Solve vibration problems and provide the "new car ride" using the diagnostic load roller.
- Ensure proper centering with patented automatic CenteringCheck®.
- Maximize efficiency using SmartWeight® technology.
- True self-calibration with patented eCal auto-calibration.
Watch what Road Force® Elite can do for your shop
NEXTGEN Autoshop seeks, and finds, best-in-class service and equipment
Giridharan, President of NEXTGEN Autoshop in Coimbatore, India was looking for a way better serve its high-performance car client base. Seeking to be the best, they went after the best equipment and found it in Hunter’s HawkEye Elite® alignment system and the Road Force® Elite wheel balancer, distributed by Madhus Garage Equipment.
Road Force® Elite Diagnostic Wheel Balancer from Hunter Engineering
Hunter's Road Force® Elite is the fastest diagnostic wheel balancer on the market and performs both a traditional balance and Road Force Measurement® in less time than it takes to complete a conventional balance.
The proliferation of much larger, wider tape-weight only style wheels poses problems for traditional dynamic balancing. Traditional balancers place equal emphasis on single plane/static (hop) and dual plane/dynamic (wobble) forces.
Why Do We Balance Wheels? – Understanding Road Force
We balance wheels to cancel out the uncomfortable vibration that can be felt when an unbalanced wheel is traveling at speed. However, imbalance is not the only cause of wheel and tire induced vibration. A vehicle may have four perfectly balanced wheels and still experience vibration due to Road Force, or the change in force acting on a wheel assembly as it rolls.
Patented vision technology provides more benefits in less time
Automatically determines weight plane locations
Selects clip or tape weight usage
Calculates ForceMatch® solution
Creates a three-dimensional model of the rim
Allows more single-weight solutions
Prioritizes hiding tape weights behind spokes
Automatic features reduce effort and errors
- Eliminate manual dimension entry and runout measurement
- Automatically select weight mode
- Hide wheel weights through patented algorithms
NEW SmartSpot weight placement pinpoints the exact tape weight location. This removes any confusion and saves time by reducing weight chasing, or repeated trial and error.
Innovation in technology
Balance faster than previous models
Hunter continuously improves products
Balance and measure Road Force® in 70 seconds
Diagnostic load roller quickly identifies vibration
The fastest diagnostic balancer
Provide a "new car ride" to customers in less time than a traditional balance
Save time & money with SmartWeight® technology
Modern vehicles are four times more sensitive to static vibration forces than couple or dynamic forces.
Avoid an average of 66 comebacks per year by using SmartWeight® technology.
An average shop saves 7,130 ounces of weight per year with Smartweight® Technology.
Identify additional weight locations
Hunter's patented vision system identifies expanded areas suitable for weight placement
Balance modern wheels better
Eliminate static forces that impact modern vehicles up to 4X more than couple or dynamic forces
Did you know?
Lead-free initiative is growing. Many states ban or have begun the process to ban lead-weight usage.
9 states ban lead weights (red)
7 states have previously introduced legislation to ban lead wheel weights (gray)
Training & validation
Improve technician performance
Tools that ensure every balance is correctly performed
- One-touch to display rim dimensions
- Rim cutaway displays selected weight mode
- Switch text language with the push of a button
- TruWeight™ provides live navigation through selection and placement of wheel weights
- Road Force® panel displays assembly value and limits
Road Force® measurement
Road Force® panel displays assembly value and limits, live rim and tire conditions
shown on-screen and color-coding allows operator to visualize Road Force® variations
Simple graphics illustrate how to optimize the assembly. Live rim and tire conditions with color-coding allow the operator to visualize Road Force® variations.
StraightTrak® tire pull correction
Easy-to-understand graphics of suggested wheel placement help the technician correct tire pull conditions.
Easily view and set tire inflation pressure.
View operations videos to help train technicians.
Eliminate customer comebacks
Fix vibration issues in one visit
100% satisfaction with diagnostic balancing
Unprecedented quality control
Identify and reposition tricky tires at installation before customer complaints
Improve customer retention
Technicians can quickly check every assembly for vibration and pull issues ensuring a smooth ride
Differentiate your shop
Solve persistent ride quality problems other shops can’t fix
Tire is balanced with standard non-diagnostic balancer or older generation Road Force® with the roller turned off.
Customer performs quality check
Since customers are performing quality control for the shop, no additional time is required.
Customer may return unhappy
Majority of customers leave happy, but a small portion leave unhappy. Some return unhappy, others never return.
Additional work is required
Customers that return unhappy will require over 45 minutes of additional work that technicians are often unequipped to handle.
Road Force® Elite shops
Tire is balanced and a diagnostic test is performed in less time with Hunter's Road Force® Elite premium balancer.
A few tires need to be re-positioned on the rim to guarantee a round assembly and a smooth ride. This only adds a few minutes when handled at installation.
Because the technician tested every assembly, all customers leave happy.
Superior service differentiates Road Force® Elite shops from all other shops.
Approved & recommended by multiple OEM partners
24 OEMs have welcomed the Road Force® Elite into their equipment programs.
75+ OEM Technical Service Bulletins mention the Road Force® balancer by name.
- Many OEMs require it to be used in their facilities.
- Ease-of-use & quality control make the Road Force® Elite the most widely recommended balancer.
StraightTrak® corrects tire pull
- Customer complains that their vehicle is pulling to the left.
- Lateral force measurement is performed without time penalty using the Road Force® Elite wheel balancer.
- Lateral forces are balanced, eliminating vehicle pull.
Diagnose vibration issues & prevent customer comebacks
HunterNet® Trend Reports
Set goals and track productivity
Equipment utilization management helps you reach business goals
Set goals and identify opportunities
Easy-to-understand report measures output, opportunities & achievements
Easily see shop performance over time and ensure utmost utilization
Automatic, daily delivery via email and text
Receive automatic, daily reports
- Automatic daily snapshots in addition to a 7-day overview of performance trends
- View inspection rates and opportunities
- Measure alignment numbers and conversions
- Track balancing and Road Force® utilization
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