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Old 04-22-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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Wheel balancing

Balance needs vs balance powder vs balance rings vs weight balancing,
Any input would be welcomed.

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:35 PM   #2
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:46 PM   #3
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weight balancing, get a true balance the first time.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:13 AM   #4
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Sandbags!! You don't half to worry about loosing a wheel weight. The sandbags I used on my tires balanced the first time and I never need to rebalance.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:24 AM   #5
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Google "wheel balancing" here on iRV2 and read for a long time...............
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:43 AM   #6
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Weight balancing is tried and true IMHO.

When I bought new tires all around from a truck tire specialist, they said weights were the only way they would do it.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:29 AM   #7
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I use Dyna Beads and have been very happy. I had them installed with my new tires at Les Schwab.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:36 AM   #8
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You will get sworn statements in all directions. I tired the balancing sand and the first time I checked my tire presure the sand blocked the valve and I lost my air. I like weights.

This is always a funny thing. MH people are talking about tire balancing and most TT people owners swear that it is not necessary to balance tires.

Most informed individuals absolutely know that balancing is essential for tire and suspension longevity.

Go figure.

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Old 04-23-2014, 06:02 AM   #9
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We've done both the "sand" (Equal Powder actually) and the weight balance. Both worked well. If you go the powder route be sure they install filtered valve cores. The ones with the filters are easy to identify. They have a fine screen next to the spring, and a red band near the top. Without the filtered cores the powder will get into the spring mechanism and hold the core open. If that happens as mentioned the air will be lost.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:39 AM   #10
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I had my front tires spin balanced but they still have a small amount of bump. I'm going to put the balancing beads in them to see if that will completely solve the problem.

I would not use the sand or powder type balancing. JMHO!
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Did the beads on all six tires. Could not be happier, every time I get in for a drive I remark to my self how smooth the ride is. Again have the filters added if you go to the beads or powder.

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Use the breads on all 6 very happy.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #13
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When we put new tires on the coach 4 years ago, Dynabeads were installed. The wheels rolled real smooth.

In December, we had a steer tire problem on the road, so we had two new steer tires installed. The installer didn't have Dynabeads, so I agreed to having the steer wheels dynamically balanced.

Starting out, the wheels rolled smooth. Now, about 3000 miles later, I can feel a little vibration from the front wheels.

So, I guess it's time to have the Dynabeads put into the steer tires.

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I suspect my actual problem is cheap tires. However; I had Dynabeads added to the fronts when new tires installed and the vibration was terrible. After Road Force balancing (old style lead weights, beads removed), the ride is much, much better.

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