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Balancing Beads

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Christruckguy, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Mar 17, 2019 at 9:18 AM
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    Christruckguy

    Christruckguy [OP] Member

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    Got a question, I bought Falken Wildpeak A/T3W All Terrain LT285/75R16 tires. Had balancing issues after they where installed so took it to another shop and still had balancing issues. So I read about balancing beads and decided to give them a try.
    I went to this website: http://www.innovativebalancing.com/mobile/chart_spec.php?4x4=1 To find out how much ozs I needed and bought 0.3g 6mm BBs to put into them. Put 8.8 oz in each tire since some people said go heavy on the weights.
    After completed, most of the steering wheel vibration went away. But some times they come back pretty badly if I turn one direction, but if I turn in the opposite direction the vibrations will go away. I am running 32psi in the tires. The tires are rated to a lot higher but the higher the psi the worse the steering wheel vibrations get.
    Tried doing searches but not much pops up. Was wondering if I added more beads to each tire would that help or has anyone had this issue before with balancing beads. Because since it comes and goes that when turning or speeding up to fast that the beads are not lining up properly in the tire. Anyone else had an issue like this? Or should I just take the beads out and try road force balancing?
    Thanks for the help in advance.

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  2. Mar 17, 2019 at 12:30 PM
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    fb40dash5

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    I tried BBs once... I figured they flung out at about 15mph. If I was turning when I hit the speed they'd fling out, it would shake like crazy. I figured it must've been that they were going to the outside of the turn when that happened, and staying there. If I took off straight, it wouldn't happen. I'd have thought they could move around at speed, especially with as bad as it shook, but apparently not?

    I ended up removing them, and using Counteract balancing beads. They worked a lot better, and more reliable. Still got an intermittent shake, but it didn't seem to be from accelerating while turning, and it was less frequent and less severe. Especially on the 2nd set- the 1st time I listened to their claims that you can just toss the inner baggie of beads in and it'd break open and disintegrate. Fast forward to when I wore those tires out, and I pull out a broke-open but still intact inner baggie, caked with damp (from humidity) beads. After that, I'd seat the beads, break the outer bead (to avoid getting beads on the... ummmm... beads) and dump the contents in.
     
  3. Mar 17, 2019 at 12:50 PM
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    Christruckguy

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  4. Mar 21, 2019 at 8:54 PM
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    jimhutch43

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    I use Checkered Flag beads. Running 265/65R/17. Used 5 oz. per tire. Took off all the lead weights. Runs smooth/no vibrations. Not sure I would add more beads than what is recommended for the tire size.
    Like fb40dash5, I break the tire bead and dump in loose beads. Trying to insert them by the valve stem will drive you mad!! I run beads in my 24 foot motorhome too. Also ran them in my Goldwing. Have been very happy with all those applications.
     

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