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Poll: did tire balance beads work for you?

Did tire balance beads work for you?


  • Total voters
    36

TJ4wheeler

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Jun 9, 2020
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Location
San Diego
Ran 12 oz. of plastic pellets to try and balance 35" Goodyear MTR's. Didn't cure the vibration from 40-55 mph so finally gave up on them.
 

Brian83

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Mar 25, 2019
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Location
Oklahoma City, OK
I run CountAct. It's more of a powder than a bead. It's not cheap but I have no issues around town or 80mph on the interstate.
 

tnpete

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Apr 2, 2020
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Location
West Tn
The Centramatic balancer works on my 22.5 Wheels on my Kenworth. I had a set of steer tires, that would shake you to death. No matter who tried to balance them. Got them cut and trued, and was happy for a while. Then out Centramatic's front and back. You could feel the out of round, until 30 MPH. Then smooth up to 87 MPH, that's as fast as the old gal will run.
Going to order a set for my TJ before I buy new tires next month. Also just a heads up, also used Air soft beads in 38"s on my old 1975 Dodge power wagon. They did the trick for 2 years before getting beaten to death. Also used the powder in my 2004 Chevy Duramax with 19.5's. Had a 4200 lb truck camper in the bed and a 20ft boat behind it. Could not keep the 19.5" in Blance. Added the Equal powder and it was stilll good 4 years later when I sold it.
 
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John Cooper

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Jun 10, 2020
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Bryant, AL.
I used the beads on a set of 40 stl swampers on a 78 bronco and they worked pretty good. Haven't used them in years cause I don't run tires that big anymore.
 

Lou

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Jun 16, 2016
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Location
Long Beach
The Centramatic balancer works on my 22.5 Wheels on my Kenworth. I had a set of steer tires, that would shake you to death. No matter who tried to balance them. Got them cut and trued, and was happy for a while. Then out Centramatic's front and back. You could feel the out of round, until 30 MPH. Then smooth up to 87 MPH, that's as fast as the old gal will run.
Going to order a set for my TJ before I buy new tires next month. Also just a heads up, also used Air soft beads in 38"s on my old 1975 Dodge power wagon. They did the trick for 2 years before getting beaten to death. Also used the powder in my 2004 Chevy Duramax with 19.5's. Had a 4200 lb truck camper in the bed and a 20ft boat behind it. Could not keep the 19.5" in Blance. Added the Equal powder and it was stilll good 4 years later when I sold it.
If you want to save a few bucks I will sell you a set of centramatics I used for maybe 200 miles. PM me if your interested.
 

tnpete

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Apr 2, 2020
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West Tn
If you want to save a few bucks I will sell you a set of centramatics I used for maybe 200 miles. PM me if your interested.
I may not have enough post to PM you? Don't see the button for it? Pm me and will try to get together on them.
 
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thomat65

thomat65

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Nov 9, 2019
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Location
Southwest MI
I think whoever wrote the material for Centramatic's website doesn't understand how they work either haha. Here's what they say at https://www.centramatic.com/wheel-balancer.rhtml?modelNumber=300-345 under FAQ > "What is inside the rings?"
Now that just doesn't make any sense at all. If there's a gradient that would cause a liquid to flow to the other side of the ring then round bearings will roll that way too! I don't doubt that they work, but it looks like even the manufacturer thinks magic is involved :LOL:
Too late to edit my post but I've since realized that what they said does make sense. So I need to correct myself. Here's why it does make sense:

Once the imbalance is taken out of the wheel by shuffling the bearings around then the wheel will begin spinning around the axle with no wobble whatsoever. In other words the balance ring will be exactly centered on the axle.

When that happens the bearings will happily remain where they are within the ring as the ring spins around. Because ball bearings don't care how close they are to one another and don't have any desire to spread out evenly as long as they aren't all touching of course. And so it remains in balance because the bearings stay bunched up where they went.

However the fluid in a fluid-only ring (such as the other balancing ring that is filled with only Mercury) doesn't like to stay piled up in lumps but will want to spread out evenly throughout the perfectly centered ring. Yet the ring can only balance the wheel by having the fluid piled up in lumps so as soon as the fluid spreads out again the imbalance returns.

So in my mind under ideal conditions a fluid-only ring will only ever get something like half the imbalance out of a wheel. But a ring of bearings can potentially get all the imbalance out.