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Old 02-27-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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Sand to balance front tires Yes or No

does anybody have a opinion on sand to balance front tires.
Had mind done 5 years ago so far no issues but I don't want to be blindsided either
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:19 AM   #2
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Never heard of it! It will be interesting to learn more.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:53 AM   #3
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Never heard of it! It will be interesting to learn more.
Me too!
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:55 AM   #4
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The "sand" is a dynamic balancing product called Equal and is widely used in commercial tire applications (trucking). And in many motorhomes as well. I have it in my rear tires and no real issues. However, the tire guy did not install the special "filter" valve cores that keep out the sand and every once in awhile the Schrader valve sticks open when I'm checking pressure or adding air. Minor nuisance and not real hard to clear, but I highly recommend the filter cores.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:56 AM   #5
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It's fairly standard now on many tires instead of the old wheel weights. I've had it for several years and have had no problems. Seems like a good idea to me!
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Are you talking about Dynabeads (I believe it is a ceramic bead)?

I used this in my rear tires.

I had my front tires balanced while mounted on the coach. They then added weights. Problem was is that the weights used an adhesive and were attached on the inside of the rim. Both sets got thrown off after a short while, fortunately the tires don's seem to be unbalanced.

In the future I will used the Dynabead in the front tires.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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The tire shop installed beads in my last set of front tires (without asking me first). I drove about 50 miles and couldn't stand them. The next town I got to I had the tires removed and the beads vacuumed out and the tires correctly spun balanced. I will never do the beads again... I guess we all have different experiences with them.
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There was a discussion about balancing beads recently. A member posted that he uses airsoft seamless BB's in his tires and work great. Others joined in and said the same thing. He bought the BB's at Walmart.
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Here is the discussion I mentioned in the above post. Check post #10.

Cost to dismount, mount new tires?
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To each his own, but I can tell you without trepidation that my chassis manufacturer, Freightliner, says absolutely not to put anything inside the tire.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #11
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Some people put these dynabeads in their tires on motorcycles also. Personally, I prefer the good old fashion balancing with weights if needed because I do not want stuff rolling around inside my tires and possibly clogging the valve. I have heard good and bad about the beads so do what you like and what works for you is great.
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We had our front tires done with the beads and it didn't help because ....
The front tires each had a wobble because they were mismounted on the rims. We had to get new tires. True story.


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Not sure how the coach tires are balanced, but my ACME dolly tires are bead balanced. I just added more to compensate for the addition of a TPMS sensor.
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To prevent the Schrader valves from sticking open, shoot a little air into the tire before checking the pressure.
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