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Old 08-20-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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Never heard of Centramatics Balancing System

Can someone help me out here? - never heard of Centramatics Balancing System - their website isn't all that helpful - how does the system attach and what does it look like (any photos?) - our Marathons are balanced but we still end up with the occasional rivet popping off - which I have assumed is from vibration - does the Centramatics System eliminate this kind of issue?

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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The balancers go between the wheel and the brake drum. They are ordered with the proper hole pattern to match the application. When the wheel is installed the balancers are sandwiched between the brake drum and the back of the wheel. There are metal balls in the outer rim of the balancer that automatically go to the right spot when the wheel spins. Go back to the web site and spend some time there, everything is explained.
Are they worth the money, good question. Many threads here debating the benefit. I do know that many folks swear by them and truck drivers (18 wheelers) claim dramatic results when they are used on the steering axle.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:59 AM   #3
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Jay,

We have had them on our 2002 Bambi for a couple of years and have no complaints. How effective are they? Difficult to say since we always have to head out over California's less than perfect roads. There does seem to be less jostling of stuff in the trailer. We have always had our wheels balanced and continue to do so with the Centramatics.

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Can someone help me out here? - never heard of Centramatics Balancing System...
hearing isn't needed jay...

just try the search tool.


singular... http://www.airforums.com/forums/sear...archid=1942253

plural...l http://www.airforums.com/forums/sear...archid=1942255

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Old 08-20-2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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Wow - thanks for the lite-speed responses - between this thread and private messages I have more than enough information to begin to feel a bit of an authority on the subject - not much of a crystal ball gazer but I believe I do see Centramatics in my future .....

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Old 08-20-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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I put them on my pickup and there was a noticeable difference. Also I put some Dyna beads in another vehicle that I own where Centramatics would not fit. There was also an improvement - less vibration at speeds greater than 50 mph.
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I looked for anything resembling a controlled test of these and haven't found anything. I'm not quite sure I believe in the way they're described to work, but some people who seem to have lots of experience are saying positive things...
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I looked for anything resembling a controlled test of these and haven't found anything. I'm not quite sure I believe in the way they're described to work, but some people who seem to have lots of experience are saying positive things...
Have you seen the demo on the test rig on the centramatic website?

Assuming it is legit - and I have no reason to think otherwise - it demonstrates the principle and the effectiveness in quite a dramatic way. I understand many long distance truckers have been using these for years.

I put them on our trailer, and since they now make a size to fit a Goldwing motorcycle have been thinking about buying them for my bike. I hear good things about them on the Goldwing forum from folks that have bought them.

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They aren't THAT expensive, and I figured they are worth it. So they are on our Bambi. They certainly can't hurt. It's hard to tell on a towed trailer unless you're inside it, but I feel like they are a good investment. We have not had a popped rivet since we put them on, either.
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