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Old 07-06-2015, 08:03 AM   #1
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Balancing Tires - beads?

Anyone try these for balancing the "whole wheel" rather than just the tire and rim?
Counteract Tire Balancing Beads

Thinking I could order these with the dually valve stem upgrades and have the beads dropped in while the tires are broken down.

I've never heard of them before finding them on the site for ordering the valve stems.
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Anyone try these for balancing the "whole wheel" rather than just the tire and rim?
Counteract Tire Balancing Beads

Thinking I could order these with the dually valve stem upgrades and have the beads dropped in while the tires are broken down.

I've never heard of them before finding them on the site for ordering the valve stems.
It's an el cheapo version of the Centramatic concept. Given a choice between beats in a Centramatic disk and beads loose in the tire, I'd rather have the Centramatics.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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It's an el cheapo version of the Centramatic concept. Given a choice between beats in a Centramatic disk and beads loose in the tire, I'd rather have the Centramatics.
That makes sense - contained rather than loose chaos.
Do we need just one Centramatic for each of the pair of duallies - total of two Centramatics for the rear end?
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That makes sense - contained rather than loose chaos.
Do we need just one Centramatic for each of the pair of duallies - total of two Centramatics for the rear end?
Don't really know; I haven't bought Centramatics (yet, but they're on my "gift to myself" Christmas list). But I think it would be four per vehicle, even if the vehicle has six tires on the ground.
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I have them on my F-250 and our AS. After nearly 40k on both, I can't discern any appreciable wear.
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The beads have been used for years in the heavy truck business. As far as I know they work well. I can't explain why but they have never caught on in the automobile tire business. There is perhaps good reason why but it escapes me. I think the Centramatics are a good long range option but not necessarily better than the beads. I recently installed a set on my Airstream. Thinking about but not yet made to decision to put them on my truck.
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I put beads in the Argosy's tires 3 years ago and ran with them for about 2 years before changing rims and losing the beads. I haven't really noticed any difference with or without them. I researched beads vs centramatics obsessively for a couple of days and ended up with the beads because they were way cheaper than the centramatics and I thought they would actually do a better job. The one problem I did run into with the beads was that one would occasionally get stuck in a valve stem when I went to check pressure, causing the valve to remain open until I could get the bead dislodged. One time I started out with 65 lbs of pressure and lost down to 30 or so by the time I got the bleeding stopped. That could be a real issue if you're out in the pucker brush.
You'll get a lot of differing opinions on the forum - my opinion is that neither product is really necessary, just more hype to sell something to the American consumer. But if you really have to try something, the beads provide a cheap way to experiment.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:36 AM   #8
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Most everything comes cheaper or more expensive.

Having something that lasts literally forever, that cannot cause any wear problems, is the better way to go.

Yes, Centramatic balancers cost a few dollars, but they save many more times than what they cost.

The lack of proper balanced running gear can cause damages to the coach sometimes exceeding thousands of dollars.

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Tire beads

After having way too much trouble with blow outs on AS w/ GY Marathon, Cooper, and any other brand beside Michelin. Finally put Maxxis tires on and Dynabeads in tires. That was 3 years ago and have nothing bad to say about combination. Every thing has been good since then. Although, I have been absolutely obsessive about checking tire pressure and maintaining proper pressure. Dynabeads sell valve cores with a cover that eliminates the problem of a bead getting into the valve stem. Can't recommend this combination enough. IMHO
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I am familiar with Equal Balance, you must use a special valve stem when using equal. much less expensive than the centramatics it would be interesting to test and see the difference the Equal costs about $10.00 a tire and the valve stem is a couple of additional buck. used for many years in over the road trucks. it comes in a little bag so when you break the bead you just put a little bag in the rim and air the tire up and the bag comes apart.

I don't balance any trailer tires or rear tires on my motorhome. Rotation and proper air pressure is enough for me.

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Why not use BB's? will do the same thing.
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Just got off the phone with Centramatic rep - they have not been fitting the dually on the Sprinters. He's going to check with Airstream and see if they can put something together and let me know.
I'll advise when I hear back from him.
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After having way too much trouble with blow outs on AS w/ GY Marathon, Cooper, and any other brand beside Michelin. Finally put Maxxis tires on and Dynabeads in tires. That was 3 years ago and have nothing bad to say about combination. Every thing has been good since then. Although, I have been absolutely obsessive about checking tire pressure and maintaining proper pressure. Dynabeads sell valve cores with a cover that eliminates the problem of a bead getting into the valve stem. Can't recommend this combination enough. IMHO
I had the Dynabeads with the special valve core they sell. Still had the issue, but maybe it was just me?
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