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Old 07-08-2003, 05:50 AM   #1
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**Balancing Tires**

I was wondering if anyone has used this product for balancing their tires. It looks like it would be great. It was mentioned on one of the threads on this forum.

http://www.equalauto.com/
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I was wondering if anyone has used this product for balancing their tires. It looks like it would be great. It was mentioned on one of the threads on this forum.

http://www.equalauto.com/
After trying to decide how best to balance the tires and Alcoa wheels on my '85 325, I had Equal put in the tires on the recommendation of my local Goodyear dealer. Best thing I ever did. It takes a couple of miles at speed for them to smooth out, but once they do, it's smooooth!

I understand that over-the-road trucks use the stuff and have had great success with it. It can also be scooped out of a tire when replacing it, and reinserted into the replacement tire.

I was pleased with the product. I haven't heard of any down side to using it.

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After trying to decide how best to balance the tires and Alcoa wheels on my '85 325, I had Equal put in the tires on the recommendation of my local Goodyear dealer. Best thing I ever did. It takes a couple of miles at speed for them to smooth out, but once they do, it's smooooth!



Roger,

Is it a little rough each time you start out or just initially after getting the product installed?


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Each time you start, you have to redistribute the powder around the inside of the tire. The powder will be thicker and heavier where it needs to be to balance the tire. I'm not sure what the physics are, but it works great. What makes it life-time balance is that it re-distributes every time the tire gets up to speed. So, as your tires wear, the Equal continues to keep them balanced regardless of the wear pattern. I don't know whether it somehow sticks for a while before filtering down, or it just acts like a powder and drops through the tire when you stop.

Anyway it's a little bumpy each time you start; particularly if your tires are cold, but after a couple of miles when the tread has heated up and the Equal is distributed, it's great.

I was a little concerned initially about the powder wearing out the tire from the inside, but I was told that it's Teflon coated or something, and that it doesn't cause any friction inside the tire. And it's compatible with the Tele-tire pressure monitor system.

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I'm intrigued,

Does any one else use Equal in their tires?

How much goes into each tire?

Do you have to remove the tire from the rim to install?

How much does it cost?

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If you visit there web site it will explain how you install and how it works. In FAQ it says may not help out of ballance conditions caused by brake drums, wheel hubs, or other suspension problems. I talked with the Michigan distributor yesterday as my wheels and tires have all been ballanced off the trailer however I suspect I have an out of ballance brake drum or hub. He recommended I not try this product as it might make the problem worse. He suggested I have the drum and hub ballanced and then this material would work for the tire and wheel assembly ballance.
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Thanks!

That sounds like good sound advice!


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Do you balance tires as usual or just add the equal w/out any wheel weights?
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For me, at this time I haven't used their product. I'm just looking at the possibilities.
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Re: Equal

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I'm intrigued,

Does any one else use Equal in their tires?

How much goes into each tire?

Do you have to remove the tire from the rim to install?

How much does it cost?

Mark
I think it was about $20/tire. But, it's a one-time expense, and you never have to have the tires balanced again. It's the only balancing weight on/in the tire. All of the old weights come off. It's blown in through the schrader valve. No muss, no fuss. It's quick and easy. The manufacturer recommends the proper amount for each tire, but I think that they used one package per tire on my 325. Again, I had it done at a Goodyear store. There may be different sized packages for different sized tires, I'm not sure.

Perhaps some of the folks with the Volvo tractors that tow Airstreams have more experience with this stuff. I was told that the primary market for Equal was over-the-road tractors.

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would this cause rear end seperation during the initial startup someone mentioned that for miles they shake each time the unit is used. I like the idea but am concerned that it might give me problems that willfar out cost balancing my tires every? how often does everyone balance there tire/wheels?
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would this cause rear end seperation during the initial startup someone mentioned that for miles they shake each time the unit is used. I like the idea but am concerned that it might give me problems that willfar out cost balancing my tires every? how often does everyone balance there tire/wheels?
No, I don't think this would cause rear end separation. And it doesn't shake for miles, just until the powder redistributes. Quite honestly on the MH, it may have just been from the tires getting a flat spot from sitting. I really don't know.

Honestly, I don't think it's practical stuff for trailer tires. I haven't used it for my trailer nor will I, as a tire balance isn't nearly the problem nor the expense as it is on a motorhome with eight huge tires on three axles. This stuff is for BIG tires!

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thanks for the info i am definatley going to look into this for my dump truck, i always have trouble weights.
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I have a one ton pick-up. I e-mailed them and I think they told me that I would only need about 3oz for each of my tires.
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