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Lt. Ray T. 04-24-2013 01:27 AM

Balancing beads "Work, or crap?"
 
So I keep seeing the ceramic balancing beads popping up on Ebay and places while looking around. Has anyone had any dealings with them. Do they work, or is it another crap product that will just drive you crazy. I have a tire that I just can't seem to get perfect and at higher speeds cause a bit of a vibration, not bad, just a bit, but it is making me crazy.

Any thoughts......

Norcal_Chris 04-24-2013 01:45 AM

Absolutly work. I have never used dyna beads or the fancy ceramic ones. I have used regular airsoft bbs in many tires.

Including getting bias ply 42in tsls to balance.

Keymo 04-24-2013 04:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Norcal_Chris (Post 3675779)
Absolutly work. I have never used dyna beads or the fancy ceramic ones. I have used regular airsoft bbs in many tires.

Including getting bias ply 42in tsls to balance.

x2!
I don't know what KIND of beads I have in my tires - but I know I have the beads for balancing and they've been GREAT. :thumb:

1st87yj 04-24-2013 06:44 AM

I will never go back to lead weights. Balance beads for sure the way to go. No rebalanceing ever, get mud/snow packed on inside of wheel it rebalances itself. However if u get a flat and have to take tire apart its reccomended to clean all old out and put new bag in. as to avoid beads getting court in beads of tire causing slow leak. Mine cost me 2 bucks a piece...with discount through work. As for the vibration, beads will work unless you have very odd tire wear.

nicks_yj 04-24-2013 07:46 AM

How do they work I never heard if this

00TJSport 04-24-2013 07:52 AM

They didn't work for me. The tire shop was amazed it didn't due to they have used them many times. I have a very aggressive mud terrain tire. My offroad shop said they haven't had good luck with them either. I had them redone with sticky weights and they're WAY better now. Who knows......if the tire shop would've put more beads in maybe it would be ok, but man did it shake when it was first done! I was charged $10 a bag for them.....1 bag per tire.

myquite 04-24-2013 09:00 AM

They absolutely work for me. I'm running them in my 33's and they are perfect. Also switched to them on the street bike. My wife's truck is next. I just used the dynabeads website for the amount of "airsoft" bb's i needed.

Lt. Ray T. 04-26-2013 10:31 PM

Airsoft,,,,hmmmm, nice, never thought of that... OK, so will be giving this a try soon... Thanks guys.

Bobinayj 04-26-2013 11:08 PM

I have run the beads in my 35s for years. The only problem is hitting a pothole at highway speeds can sometimes knock a tire out of balance. After coming to a complete stop, they will correct themselves when you take off again. I was so impressed with the concept, I put #8 birdshot in my 5th wheel trailer tires and the dishes don't rattle out of the cupboards anymore.

jasontibbs 04-27-2013 12:00 AM

I thought they worked by static electricity. I worked at a truck shop and that is how it was explained to us

SuperMidget 04-27-2013 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by jasontibbs (Post 3688337)
I thought they worked by static electricity. I worked at a truck shop and that is how it was explained to us

centrifugal force... As rotation speeds up they settle in the... i guess i can just call it the "low" spots... Just like swinging a bucket half full of water around over your head as a kid did

95YamJam 04-27-2013 04:41 PM

I am running 10oz of airsoft beads/ tire in my 36's... they balance great!

jeepsrgreat 04-30-2013 04:27 PM

I understand how the beads are done and why they work. The question I have is why not use half a cup of water instead of the beads.....seems to me like it would do the same thing? Or some RV anti-freeze so it won't freeze in one clump?

Abomination93 04-30-2013 04:49 PM

Well water freezes not so good for us northern people. RV antifreeze...I don't know much about it but liquids expand at a different rate than air and may cause air pressures to go too high at highway speeds. Not to mention the possibility that the rv coolant could cause corrosion to either the tire or wheel or both.

Lt. Ray T. 05-01-2013 08:50 PM

Also, wonder if the heat from the road would cause some evap. Obviously the moisture would go no where, but if it were suspended in the air in the tire, then It would not do much good for balance weight...

goatman 05-07-2013 03:20 PM

Water inside a tire is a bad idea for the steel belting of a tire. If there is any pores for the water to see into, the tire will eventually fall apart while driving.

bajajohn 05-07-2013 06:35 PM

Beads
 
I used them in the front wheels of my Peterbuilt truck. balance was good and i got much better milage out of the tires.

jp2611 05-07-2013 06:42 PM

Local gear head, former Jeep tech, now some kind of oil analysis guy...swears by them has an extensive write up on our local Jeep page...explains figuring the proper amount etc... I am sure his is not the only write up, but he uses words I understand and explains his "thoughts" he used the air soft as well...next time around I am going to the air softs. From what I understand there is not a "problem" if the correct amount is used based on the size of the tire and the weight of tire as well.


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