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Old 03-18-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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Balancing Tires With Lead Shot

Well, I did it! After years of thinking about it, and NEVER being able to get my tire shop to get the balance right I decided to go DIY and internally balance my 22.5" tires. I poured 10oz of #7 shot in each tire and then added 2oz of EG antifreeze as a lubricant to minimize internal tire wear. We'll see how this works going to Arizona next week.
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That's a first for me. Please let us know how you get on. I am curious as to how tires will cope with the fluid and lead slushing around. Can that really be good for them?

Either you run bigger tires than I am used to or you made a slight error typing the size

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Can see that you corrected the tires size. A 222.5" tire is big
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
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If I'm not mistaken Ethyl Glycol is petroleum based and not very compatible with tires especially the softer compound used on the inside of tires. It's been used in the past as a stop leak as it makes the inner tire compound very soft and pliable enough to fill a hole in.
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Why didn't you just use Equal or Dynabeads
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Primarily expense and availibility, I'm a hand loader and already had the shot on hand
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good luck with that...
my tires are spin balanced and corrected with lead weights attached to the outside of the rims. Period. If they need more than a couple ounces to balance, they are defective and they go back.
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That's a first for me. Please let us know how you get on. I am curious as to how tires will cope with the fluid and lead slushing around. Can that really be good for them?

Either you run bigger tires than I am used to or you made a slight error typing the size

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A week on the road and the ride was as smooth as a flying carpet! But when you hit a bump it throws the lead outta place and it takes a few moments to regain balance - hey, I know it's working and since none of my local tire shops will handle RV-size tires I won't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a specialty shop to try and balance them any more!
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:53 AM   #9
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May I ask how you arrived at the 10 ounce rate and not 8 or 12 etc? I am just curious.

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Just a suggestion - you may want to pull one tire before you put too many miles on it and check the inside for rubber dust, rubber shards, etc. just to be sure the shot isn't damaging the tire's internals.

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In a previous RV I used a commercial balancing powder, the recommended 6 oz. It didn't do the job. So, I just [moderator edit] guessed to make sure there was enough mass. I figured too much was better than too little. So far so good, put several thousand miles on and the ride is smooth. Of course if I hit a pot hole or something it takes a second r two to regain balance equilibrium
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Rusty jc has a good idea.
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Probably not a bad idea. I just need to find someone locally who will work on 19.5" tires. I put antifreeze in with the shot to lubricate it (it's rubber friendly) and since the shot is just little balls the should roll around quite happily. But I should look, at least, you're right
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I have my tires spin balanced at a truck shop when I purchase new tires. Your idea is unique to say the least. My only other thought would be how long the soft lead pellets will last -- hitting against each other (regardless of the lubricant in the tire also) will probably turn them to a powder --- just thinking.
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