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Old 02-20-2018, 11:06 PM   #1
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Balance Beads - Yes or No

Has anybody used balance beads? Opinions? Good? Bad? I hate wheel weights on the outside of the wheel and stickons don't always stick on. Sometimes there is even clearance issues. I've had 33's take a lot (to me) of weight and was curious about these.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:21 PM   #2
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Re: Balance Beads - Yes or No

buddy of mine just did that on his truck...cost almost 100 bucks for 4 tires...he's not on the road yet so no report....but they are used on nearly all motorcycle tires arou d our parts....with great results.....
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:45 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:48 AM   #4
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A coworker uses them in his motorcycle tires, loves them. He tried them in his truck tires, late model Chevy, oversized tires and wheels, the beads didn't work for him.

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Old 02-21-2018, 09:57 AM   #5
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Re: Balance Beads - Yes or No

a lot has to do with tire quality .

and lots of times name brand balances out worse than no name stuff.

so its hit or miss on if they will work for you .

static balance is no weights on the front . about your best bet . and also if they have a newer balancer machine . they can set it up to show best tire position on the rim for least balance weight required.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:26 AM   #6
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Re: Balance Beads - Yes or No

I ran them in my 36" Super Swampers and they were excellent. They rebalance every time you drive. Big rigs have a similar optional bead ring that can mount behind the wheel on the hub and has a bunch of steel balls encansed in a steel round tube.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:11 PM   #7
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Have had them on 3 different vehicles now, and will never do regular weights again.

I also used to be a truck drive years ago, and had centramatics on my rig. My rear tires lasted till 400,000 miles, and still were technically legal. Just replaced them since I was heading into winter, and wanted new tires for safety. It it we're summer I would of left them for a few more months. Most rear tires last about 250,000 miles under similar conditions, but since they were always balanced they ran cooler. Thus were able to last longer.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:12 PM   #8
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Ive used them in all my Cycles, and now in my '79 Chevy!
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I use about 9 oz. of airsoft pellets in each of the 35's on my cherokee. They work great.....
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