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Issue Eleven
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Aston Martin at Detroit Auto Show
Issue Eleven
March 30, 2004
Live, From Detroit, It's the 2004 NAIAS!
Detroit Auto Show Awards
Keeping things in Balance
60 Seconds with Henrik Fisker
Windshield Dyno: The Beltronics GX2
Nissan Altima Facelift
WORK Wheels Introduction
Cadillac Merchandise
Not The Record To Be Proud Of
Open Wheel Racing in the USA: Big Changes
Bear Market in the Auto Business?
Coming Next Issue
NYC Auto Show

Keeping things in Balance, continued.

Hunter Alloy Wheel Mounting Machine

Hunter Engineering Museum

Neither of those options is very efficient, especially if the vehicle's owner rotated his tires regularly. If a vehicle is aligned to correct a tire drift problem, the drift will resurface when the tires are rotated, creating a "repeat problem" for the shop and vehicle owner.

"Tire drift problems just became a thing of the past," says Bowen. "The StraightTrack LFM system helps a lot of shops solve problems that were once nearly unsolvable." We watched as Scribner demonstrated how compounded tire pull could result in more than 21-pounds of pull to the left in a simulated example. Jim Huhn commented, "You'd notice that sort of pull pretty quickly and most tech's would suggest an alignment to correct it."

Scribner then asked the GSP9700 to determine the ideal placement of each wheel and tire assembly on the vehicle, then re-ran the simulation with the proposed changes in effect. After the corrections were made, the pull force registered 2-pounds of pull to the left - an entirely acceptable figure.

Despite spending the better portion of a day with the guys from Hunter, we had run out of time and wished we could have had more time to talk tires. We finished the tour with a trip through the company's mini-museum, and marveled at the dozens of Duesnebergs, Lincolns, Rolls Royce and other fine cars from the '30s and '40s. Lee Hunter, Jr. founded the company in the mid 1930s when he invented the world's first quick-charge battery charger for automobiles. Prior to Hunter's invention, battery charging took days - Hunter's machine could charge a battery in just a few hours.

From there, Hunter was called off to World War II. Upon his return in 1946, his company went on to develop many industry leading products - from alignment machines to electronic, drive-on brake and suspension testers. Today, Hunter Engineering products are the finest in the industry.

Of course, as the good folks from Hunter were quick to point out earlier, a properly trained technician is the key to getting the most from any Hunter equipment. So, do yourself a favor the next time you need to have your tires mounted, balanced or aligned - locate a shop that utilizes Hunter equipment, and make sure the technicians are properly trained to use the equipment.

For more information about the amazing line-up of Hunter Engineering equipment, or to locate a shop that utilizes Hunter equipment, please visit them on the web, at:

The editors of Roadfly wish to send a hearty and sincere thank you to Jim Huhn, Denny Bowen and Dave Scribner for taking the time to share their knowledge with us, and for allowing us to spend so much time at their world-class facility in St. Louis, MO.
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