Home » Road Force Elite (RFE) – the end of traditional balancing?
Hunter’s revolutionary Road Force wheel balancing technology, which solves the most challenging wheel vibration issues, has been taken to the next step with the launch of the new Road Force Elite (RFE) balancer. Launched this week at Automechanika Birmingham, the new Road Force Elite (RFE) now incorporates Hunter’s vision system which provides a host of benefits for users making it even faster, more accurate and easier to use than previous versions.Indeed, with a floor-to-floor measurement and balance time of just 70 seconds, the RFE is up to 47 per cent faster than previous models and provides a multitude of advanced features compared with standard, slower wheel balancers.“The new Road Force Elite (RFE) does set a new industry benchmark in terms of wheel balancing technology,” explains Paul Beaurain, managing director. “Aside from being quicker to use than a standard balancer, the system’s advanced technologies, which effectively take the tyre and wheel assembly for a simulated road test, solve the most challenging of wheel and vibration issues.”With the new vision system, the RFE automatically scans the profile of the wheel rim to allow more accurate placement of fewer balance weights and identifies the spoke location to facilitate the hidden installation of weights. Wheel dimensions are automatically measured, further reducing time, and wheels and rims are force matched to minimise any vibrations.The equipment has already received a number of significant OEM approvals including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Bentley, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen.Having trialled the system for the last six months, Jon Atkin, proprietor at Buckley Tyre Service in Flintshire, was unequivocal in his praise of the RFE, “It’s in a league of its own. It does things that others simply won’t do and has pushed us out to the forefront, technology-wise, which then helps us stand out against our competitors. It’s helped us attract customers from as far away as London, Manchester and Bolton – it’s amazing!”
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