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Old 07-26-2014, 11:48 AM   #15
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I don't see why they would not work as long as you weigh them to put the recommended amount in the tire. It seems to me that anything that is round and small and will not deteriorate should work. JMHO!
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IMOpinion, there's that ugly word again , There are a couple reasons the metal bbs wouldn't be a good choice.

First, they will create wear on the rubber on the inside of the tire. There will be no evidence of this on the outside of the tire, but could result in a thinning of the rubber in one area, especially the area opposite the heavy area of the tire being balanced, that could cause a severe blowout with the accompanying damage.

Secondly, they will work as a "heat sink". They won't be hot enough to melt, but again they can damage the tire from the inside with no visible damage and result in the same results I mentioned before.

Third, they don't cake, but may take longer to achieve a balance in the tire than some type of non-metalic balancing beads.

Not sure that Tony's trucking company friend was using metalic beads or non-metalic. May just be nomenclature??
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First, they will create wear on the rubber on the inside of the tire. There will be no evidence of this on the outside of the tire, but could result in a thinning of the rubber in one area, especially the area opposite the heavy area of the tire being balanced, that could cause a severe blowout with the accompanying damage.
Wouldn't ceramic beads also do this?

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Not sure that Tony's trucking company friend was using metalic beads or non-metalic. May just be nomenclature??

He said "airsoft" bb's they are plastic.



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Wouldn't ceramic beads also do this?
He said "airsoft" bb's they are plastic.
The answer on the ceramic beads is probably yes. I don't know for sure but I think they are much smaller and smoother than a steel bb. They would hold the heat more so than the plastic beads I think, but possibly not as much as the metallic ones.

Thanks I missed the "airsoft" part.

I would say that all the manufacturers of balancing beads have done extensive testing in developing their products. The consumer is the one making the decision on which brand to use and may be swayed by any number of reasons for their choice, including price.

My anecdotal experience using Equal balancing beads in the fleet I worked on showed that they worked as advertised and did prolong the life of the tire and related suspension parts. As a matter of fact using them in the rear tires, which were recaps on all our vehicles, IMOO, reduced the number of cap separation, blow outs and extended tire life.
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I use Magnum micro-beads and I'm happy with the results. I prefer to use engineered products that have been tested.
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I prefer to use engineered products that have been tested.
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