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Old 03-08-2016, 07:02 PM   #1
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Tire Balancing Beads??

I ordered six Cooper RM 170 tires for my Class A MH today. Taking it in tomorrow morning to have them installed. The tire representative asked me if I wanted tire balancing beads installed. I have never heard of them. I told him to go ahead and order them. Can someone on this board tell me why they are superior to conventional tire balancing, and if you recommend the extra $14 per tire to have them installed.Thanks for your time.
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Personal opinion, use standard balancing technique! Another issue with "beads" they can cause your air valve to stick open when servicing your tires! This occurred on our last coach, the only way to stop it is with repeated blasts of "input" air to blow them clear! A real PITA!
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The beauty of the beads is in thre driving. Tires wear and the beads always keep the tire in as close to balanced as a system can be. As the tires wear the beads move to where they have to be to keep the whole assembly in balance. You never have to rebalance as the tire wears down.

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The beauty of the beads is in thre driving. Tires wear and the beads always keep the tire in as close to balanced as a system can be. As the tires wear the beads move to where they have to be to keep the whole assembly in balance. You never have to rebalance as the tire wears down.

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constant balancing at any speed
no more wiggle wiggle even at low speeds
tires run smoother and that means less wear on the driver and the steering components
my good years ran out of balance fast, as in under 12k miles
my new tires i had the beads put in...2000 times different.

make sure dealer puts the correct shrader valve back in that has a small filter, it will stop the bead BAG material from sticking the valve
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Can someone on this board tell me why they are superior to conventional tire balancing, and if you recommend the extra $14 per tire to have them installed.
I'm not qualified to suggest that bead balancing is "superior" to conventional balancing. I can tell you that I had a set of Michelin tires bead balance about 20,000 miles ago and I've been happy with the result, so far.

You're not the first to raise this question. Pretty sure you'll get lots of opinions.



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Ask for filtered valve stem cores, that will eliminate any issues with plugging the valve stem.
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I had to take them out. I kept getting false alarms on my tpm system.
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Do not let them put in regular standard balancing beads.

There is ONLY one true ceramic balancing bead supplier and they are called Innovative Balancing located in Rochester NY.

Also the proper balancing beads for RV tires are larger in size than normal beads for other tires. If you use the smaller size beads they could clog your valve stem.

I have used the beads in my 6 coach tires and my 4 trailer tires for the past 6 years with no problems and a smooth ride.

No special valve cores in my coach tires but I do have the special valve cores in the trailer tire stems due to the smaller beads in those tires.

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I ordered six Cooper RM 170 tires for my Class A MH today. Taking it in tomorrow morning to have them installed. The tire representative asked me if I wanted tire balancing beads installed. I have never heard of them. I told him to go ahead and order them. Can someone on this board tell me why they are superior to conventional tire balancing, and if you recommend the extra $14 per tire to have them installed.Thanks for your time.

I've got new tires coming tomorrow and I bought balancing beads today seems like the best way to go. Google balancing beads there are a few different brands. For my size tires 295 80 22.5 ran 17.95 per tire. The lead weights on my aluminum wheels were having a galvanic reaction and eating the aluminum.
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I had mine taken out yesterday and balancing rings put on, they were not keeping my front end balanced. All is well now, no more vibration, the rings do the same as the beads but do cost more but last a life time. Thats just my 2 cents, good luck with what ever you go with.
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We did the centramatics
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I have had them the past 4 years and the coach still rides like a Cadillac.
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We used Counteract beads in ours... WOW what a difference! We bought it used with a horrible shake / bounce / vibration... turns out the tires were bad... but the counteract smoothed it out even with bad tires... we were able to run them the rest of the season... I'm going to use it in our new tires... Not only did it smooth them out but it reduced the tire temperature substantially... wasn't expecting that... before the counteract I could barely touch the tires.. after I could hold my hands on them no problem... tire pressure at 90 psig with and without the beads. Love em'!
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Equal balance beads is what I am using, don't use any old beads, these are plastic beads that wont lump up with moisture, the tire installer did not use the filter they came with so when checking air pressure I just give it a quick blast of air to clear the valve stems, I also use Centramatic wheel balancers with the beads inside the tires..


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