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Old 01-13-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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airsoft pellets

anyone use airsoft beads to balance tires? what size seen 12 . 20 .and 25 gram size? how much to do 35-12.50-16

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Old 01-13-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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Not sure on the airsoft pellets weight but I use the actual balance beads and they cost me $3.66 per 4 oz bag!

That's less than $15 for a lifetime ballance. Not sure how much the pellets cost but keep that in mind!

May have to convert grams to ounces but I'm sure you'll need 4 to 6 oz. Of whatever you use

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Old 01-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #3
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What's your thoughts on the beads? I have always wanted to do them but been too chicken on my DD truck with $1200 in tires.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:07 PM   #4
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Love the beads! I've had them in my mud claws for a year and never once had a balance issue! If you get mud or snow packed in the wheels, it corrects automaticly.

I have had such good luck with the beads in the jeep I put them in the tires I put on my 03' durango (family friendly) and I just love it!

Only drawback to the beads is when you take the tire off the rim for any reason, nail or what have you. The beads have to be cleaned out completely and replaced with a new bag. If not the loose beads will get caught in the sealing surface of tire a wheel and cause slow leaks.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:09 PM   #5
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Use actual balancing beads. They are well worth while for a jeep. I threw those cheap balancers they use on the rim very often, but the beads always keep balanced.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:30 AM   #6
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did this as well with my 38s phenomenal.....never balance again.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:17 PM   #7
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i use airsoft pellets in my 33's and other than the neat little sound they make when you stop, you'd never know they were there. Well that's not true, an exceptionally well balanced tire reminds me i have them in there. about $10 bucks and all 5 tires balanced.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:06 AM   #9
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The actual balance beads are designed to not ruff up the tire after many miles...
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:12 PM   #10
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i doubt that air soft pellets will do much damage to a tire internally. Once they reach the correct rpm the beads don't move.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:52 PM   #11
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Airsoft pellets won't hurt a tire but sand/smooth gravel might
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:52 PM   #12
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I've seen everything but balancing beads eat tires from inside out. you wouldn't believe what people have used. golf balls.. pea stone being worst. rubbers expensive. do you really want to replace earlier then you already have to? and say goodbye to any warranty or replacement plan.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:53 PM   #13
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Airsoft pellets won't hurt a tire but sand/smooth gravel might
sand WILL clump
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The way that I determine how much I will need is to mount the tire onto the rim, put it on a computer spin balancing machine, and see how far it is actually out. Then break a bead back down and insert a bag of beads totaling the ounces that I need and air it back up.

Very smooth ride, and when larger tires are cold, they get a "flat" spot on the bottom from sitting over night. with balancing beads, this tire bounce is totally eliminated. I have balancing beads in every tire that I own that goes over 25 mph.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:48 PM   #15
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update

update 14-oz seem to work 60+ no vibration ( 315-75-16 )
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update 14-oz seem to work 60+ no vibration ( 315-75-16 )
That's allot! Per tire?? 6 oz? Maybe 8 oz is all you need. Using more won't change anything but price
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airsoft

for me better to put extra in and not have to pay to have tires broke back down to put more in extra not going to hurt anything bought the 5000 count .25 grams 1/4 in each tire have no use to keep them around
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my 38s only needed 10 ounces

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