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Old 04-19-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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Centramatics on TV survey

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I have been researching "centramatics" for trailers and ask myself well what about TV usage, Brief searching found several acknowledgements of use on their personal TV.

So as a separated thread will you respond if using these devices and any feed back.

For those new to this subject a device to dynamically balance your wheels ( TT and/or TV ) the whole wheel/drum/tire assembly thing so as even out wear and pun alert "living riveted" tear"".

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Old 04-19-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
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Personal opinion, with proper alignment and balancing they are not needed.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:37 PM   #3
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Centramatics were invented to use on big trucks and there's no reason to think they don't work on any vehicle. We've had them on the trailer for 5 or 6 years, but not the truck. Our truck tires stay balanced and there's no sign of unusual tire wear, so no need for Centramatics.

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Old 04-19-2015, 10:04 PM   #4
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I only used them on one vehicle many years ago. It had a vibration that I just couldn't resolve in the front end. Centramatics cured the issue. I don't use them on a TV as a general practice. Automotive mfrs. are pretty good about balanced components....trailers, not so much.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:26 PM   #5
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I have proven they "work" on my AS. I can't feel the AS when underway, only see results! So I recorded a brief trip before and after installing the Centramatics with my cell phone in a baking pan of dry beans. The results sold me. There is/was a problem in the AS running gear this helped.. A lot.

If riding in your TV, you are having a vibration issue, these will help the situation. But since you are INSIDE your TV you will be able to tell without recording.

Again, I don't think it is a bad idea to run them... Even with the better balancing by the car makers.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:59 AM   #6
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I checked on Centramatics for our 2008 Tundra; and they don't make Centramatics for it. Evidently, the disc brake design prevents the balancing ring from fitting properly.

I know people who have run Centramatics on Honda Gold Wings and semi-tractors; and they swear by them.
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:11 PM   #7
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They don't make Centramatics for any 1/2 ton vehicles. I have had them on my F-250 for about 50,000 miles and with Michaelin E rated MS-2's. I have maybe 35,000 miles on these tires and almost can not see any wear. All even wear and no vibration whatsoever. If your TV is a #/4 or 1 ton, then I highly recommend them. For $250 a set, they make a big difference in the long term tire wear, just like on the AS.
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:25 PM   #8
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I installed them initially on my first Gold Wing motorcycle and also the second Gold Wing. Never a need to mechanically balance these smaller tires.

I installed them on both the 25FB and a larger diameter set on the 16" wheels on the 31' Classic. I also have them on my 2012 Dodge Ram 2500HD diesel as well.

On the larger wheels, they take care of the odd stones that get wedged in the tread and the tire wear. No complaints.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:48 AM   #9
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I have had mixed results at best.
I have a set on the trailer so I can't tell you if they have helped or not. KY roads are poor so things always get tossed around a bit.
I had a set on my truck. They went bad (bb's quit rolling), warrantied for a new set. The truck vibrated at 70 mph running solo. Pulled off the Centramatics and the vibration went away.....
A friend of mine runs a F450 service truck with the balancers and he has been happy.
My opinion if your current vehicle runs smooth then I wouldn't fool with them.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:47 AM   #10
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I saw a cool YouTube video of a guy that used Airsoft (Plastic BB gun) pellets. He removed the tire from the Jeep, pulled the valve core, broke the bead and unceremoniously dumped in a good measure of the hard plastic pellets. It worked. Personally, the old school way works just fine.
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:29 PM   #11
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I run them on the TT and on the rear axle of the truck. (The front would require brake caliper grinding). Worth the small price. This is with Michelin LTX MS 2 balanced down to 20 on a Road Force Hunter 9700. I was a little surprised that I could tell the difference on the Drive Axle.

Their shop south of Ft Worth is very good. If their services fit, then use them. I spent part of an icy day with the latest Silver Streak there in examination of the TT suspension after purchase (leaf spring, with shock absorbers and cross members).
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