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Old 03-26-2017, 11:51 PM
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Balancing tires with EQUAL.... Questions?

Anyone use EQUAL to balance their tires on their jeep? And no -- I'm not talking about EQUAL that you put in your coffee........ I run 38 Nitto Mud Grapplers on my Dodge Ram 2500 and have used EQUAL (recommended by my mechanic) to balance the tires. They are ALWAYS in balance and no worries about ever throwing a weight, or messing up a rim putting on a weight.... I'm looking at tires/wheels for my new JKU --- gonna run 35's...... So -- rather then buy tires & wheels together already mounted and balance.... my thought was to buy separate, use the TPMS sensors from my old wheels (my jeep is brand new -- 800 miles on it).... and then simply use EQUAL to balance the tires........ Will EQUAL mess with the TPMS sensors?

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We use sand bags at work. They're TPMS safe. I actually think we use Equal... Not sure.

What wheels? If you buy steel wheels you could balance them easy. Aluminum wheels that need sticky weights and have the sketchy hammer-on ridge (they don't adhere to any standards...) throw weights all the time.

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I dont know where you're from but i ran the smaller Dyna beads living in NE. The condensation/water build up in the tires clumped the beads. This caused a bad imbalance.


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I'm looking at FUEL BEASTS.... so they are aluminum or some alloy..... I don't like the idea of hammer weights on a new rim..... and stick-on weights will eventually come off....

I live in MD.... have run equal in my truck for 7-8 years and my Nittos (and before that MTZ's) were always perfectly balanced using equal..... That said -- I don't have TPMS sensors as my truck is a 2001.... Given that most JKU owners run 35's, and a lot run 37's..... I figured Equal (or a product like it) would be used a good bit....
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I use airsoft pellets in my crawler. Works fine.

What's the concern with the TPMS sensors? That whatever material was used would hit them and do some damage? That seems unlikely, but the worse thing that happens is that you get to replace a sensor, right?

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Yes, we have Equal. It says TPMS safe on the back of the bag.

There are a few ways sand could have the potential of damaging the sensor.
1. Impact
2. Corrosiveness
3. Blockage

Impact is unlikely because the centripetal force holds the sand against the inside of the tire. The only impact would be when you stop and the sand falls. Unlikely to hit and if it does, it is light and traveling slowly.

Corrosiveness would be my main concern. Unlikely but if the sand contains metallic or corrosive material, it could damage not only the sensor but the wheel. Again, unlikely but I've seen stupider stuff.

The most common concern is blockage. TPMS sensors have two holes. A larger one for air to pass through the core into the tire/wheel, and a smaller one where the sensor reads pressure. The TPMS safe sand is too large to fit into the smaller hole. And if it finds its way into the larger hole, a 120psi blast of compressed air will show it who's boss.

Airsoft bbs work, they're basically the same concept. Sand is just less noisy. Can't say for the effectiveness of either.

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