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Old 03-23-2015, 04:17 PM   #1
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Tire Balancing

Interesting read (Good stuff)
Here is an interesting short article about truck tire balancing:

Some excerpts:
"………..Most importantly, recent information published by the S.11 Energy Conservation Study Group of the TMC shows that balancing all wheel positions on over-the-road rigs can save up to 2.2% fuel compared to non-balanced assemblies, regardless of truck ride considerations……"

"……..it is widely documented that all radial truck tires have reduced rolling resistance as they wear, with new tires being less fuel efficient (up to 6% difference) than their worn counterparts………"

"……..A typical linehaul 295/75R22.5 drive tire loses approximately 30 lbs. of tread rubber from new to a popular pull point of 6.5/32 depth remaining. Practically, this mass change means that periodic re-balancing may be required to maintain optimum balance and performance as the tires wear…………"


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Old 03-23-2015, 05:55 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Petersr58 View Post

"A typical linehaul 295/75R22.5 drive tire loses approximately 30 lbs. of tread rubber from new to a popular pull point of 6.5/32 depth remaining. Practically, this mass change means that periodic re-balancing may be required to maintain optimum balance and performance as the tires wear…………"
I've been using Centramatic Wheel Balancers on all 4 corners of my coach since 2002.
Whole Assembly Balance for Bus-Motor-Homes from Centramatic
NO periodic re-balancing necessary...EVER.
'96 Safari, currently on the 3rd set of 6 22.5" tires

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Old 03-23-2015, 06:05 PM   #3
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Dyna Beads work well also.

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Old 03-23-2015, 06:10 PM   #4
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X2 on the beads
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:32 PM   #5
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X3 beads. Smooth as glass
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:53 PM   #6
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Equal here. Seems to work fine.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:32 PM   #7
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X4 on Dynabeads
DynaBeads Tire Balancing Beads
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:18 PM   #8
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Spin balance use to be my preferred method of balancing. A few years ago, I added Centramatics to the rear of my Diplomat and for the first time I got the Goodyear G670's to wear perfectly over a 35K miles. When I replaced the front tires on my Diplomat, I decided to try the balancing beads. I was very impressed with them and the perfect balance of my tires.

I believe ALL tires should be balanced and that over time, especially RV tires, (because of their size and the often many years they are used) should be balanced with a Centramatic type balancer or beads.

My new coach had a very slight steering wheel shake. Since I didn't want to break the bead to add balancing beads, I added the Centramatics. The steering wheel is now perfectly smooth. I'll be adding them to the rear axle too!

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