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Old 09-19-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Centramatics - cost worthwhile?

Is the expense to have Centramatics installed worth it? Do they really cut down on vibration and lengthen the life of the tires?
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I use Centramatic wheel balancers on both of my Honda Gold Wing motorcycles in lieu of wheel weights and they work well. I put them on the 25FB with 15" OEM wheels and Michelin tires properly balanced and have a larger set for the new 16" wheels and Michelin tires for the new trailer on order.

They might not be necessary for disk brakes, but will install them anyways.
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Is the expense to have Centramatics installed worth it? Do they really cut down on vibration and lengthen the life of the tires?
There's nothing tough about installing Centramatics.

You remove the wheel, plsce the Centramatics over the studs, and then reinstall the wheel. DONE.

Centramatics are useful in every situation.

Using disc brakes, still requires balancing of the wheels and tires.

Best of all, no more searching for a shop that can balance the tire, wheel, hub and drum as an assembly, or even the tire, wheel and rotor as an assembly, as the case may be.

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Is the expense to have Centramatics installed worth it? Do they really cut down on vibration and lengthen the life of the tires?
It is hard to answer that question empirically because one would have to have the exact same experiences both with and without them. However, to me, common sense dictates that they will have a positive affect on both tire life and vibration. How much affect is hard to state with certainty and depends in each case on many variables.

I have my trailer tires and wheels balanced every 5000 miles. However, partially because the tire weights are there, I use Centramatics. I feel it refines the balance and maintains the balance if a tire weight is lost or you pick up a bunch of tar in the tread, etc. Centramatics will adjust to changes. Tire weights won't.

Like my TPMS, I consider then to be "peace of mind" equipment. (one less thing to worry about)



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Andy:

You have helped me with some good advice on replacing the axle on my '64 GlobeTrotter. I am ready to upgrade the wheels from the original split rims to new conventional rims. The issue is that I want to use my original hub caps from the split rim wheels that do not use clips but are secured against four studs on the rim. Do you know of a wheel I can buy that matches what I believe are the original hub caps? Thanks!

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