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Old 04-25-2015, 07:08 PM   #1
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TPMS and Balancing beads?

Anyone run balancing beads with tpms? How are they holding up? Are there any chances of fouling up those tpms? TIA....
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I changed my rear tires in early 2011 and had balancing beads put in. I have a TPMS and it doesn't have seemed to affect it, it works as it is suppose to. I never take my sending units off and keep the TPMS on. Was in coach today and it had green lights so all is good.
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Yes, I do, and Yes, there is a possibility of fouling. When the beads are installed you should also receive new valve stems designed for use with the beads. They will have a fine opening or screen that prevents fouling of the Schrader valve itself.

The fouling danger is with the Shrader valve, not the TPMS sensor. A fouled Schrader valve may not close fully and will let air leak through. That's not a problem if the TPMS sensor is in place because the sensor holds the valve open anyway, but air escapes when the sensor is removed.

It's usually easy to clear a clogged Schrader valve - just insert a small tool to push it wide open and the clog blows right out with the rush of air.
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Dyna beads are available in a larger size (RV/Truck) that won't foul the valve stem. No special filtered valve cores needed.
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When I purchased my Horizon 4 years ago the dealer installed 4 new tires included with the purchase. I had a TPMS on my previous coach using Equal and the special valve cores. I had no problems. I wanted equal in my Horizon but the dealer told me the firm installing the tires did not have Equal and installed beads instead of the Equal. They did not install the special valve cores and told me I would not have any problems. They were WRONG. When ever I removed the transmitters to check the tires the cores leaked. I hade to replace all the cores with the special ones. That ended my problems with beads and TPMS. I would recommend to anyone that if they install Equal or beads to install the special cores just to be safe.

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Thank You, this information is very helpful... I guess the key is to have the special valve that comes with the beads. Again, thank you all.
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Make sure you are getting beads and not the powder junk. The powder will not only foul tpm but as it ages it has a tendance to clog when left to sit for extended periods. A couple of months sitting and it is a lump in the bottom of the tire. NOW it will vibrate the rig apart.
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Dyna beads are available in a larger size (RV/Truck) that won't foul the valve stem. No special filtered valve cores needed.
Dynabeads come in two sizes, one of which is small enough to pour into the tire through the valve stem. That size can obviously blow back out as well. Dynabead recommends against using that smaller size with an external TPMS. That means only the larger size, which is installed by dismounting the tire, should be used. So yes, with that size it can't foul the Schrader valve.
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You can also just buy a replacement Schrader valve with the filter from what I have seen.
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Dyna beads are available in a larger size (RV/Truck) that won't foul the valve stem. No special filtered valve cores needed.

X2. I have these as well, no issues with my valve stems or TPMS.

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Equal and TST TPMS here. No problems in 3-4 years of usage.
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Tst tpms

I recommend the Counter Act Balancing Beads, they are great, and a lot of the big rigs use them as well,
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Filtered valve cores cost so little, I don't know why anyone would not install them. Several years with Equal, filtered cores, TPMS. No problems.
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Filtered valve cores cost so little, I don't know why anyone would not install them. Several years with Equal, filtered cores, TPMS. No problems.

I can't because they only come in long lengths and I have short cores in my valve stem. They don't make a short version. I have now ordered the filtered extension that is attached to the valve stem but the original short core is removed first.
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