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Old 04-17-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Smile Powder Balance new tires

Getting ready to purchase 6 new Michelins for my 2004 DSDP and the dealer is recommending Powder Balancing. Never heard of it. Is it good, do you recommend it? Also using the FMCA Advantage program to purchase and boy is it saving me some big bucks. So far highly recommend the program. Will report back after deal is complete. Thanks in advance for your help.... Don
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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Balancing beads are preferable as they don't clump up.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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Balancing beads are preferable as they don't clump up.
As in DynaBeads. The powder stuff is called Equal and if it gets moist clumps.

See this thread for lots of details on the various types...
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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Totally agree the beads are the way to go, some big tire companies still do the "spin Balance" as well
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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If you decide to have it done be sure they install the screened air valves in the wheels. If they don't the powder gets into the schrader valve and they leak.
I've never had it done, I always have them balanced and never had a problem.
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I've never had it done, I always have them balanced and never had a problem.
X2 I'm with Mr_D on this one. Bob
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My last set has the Equal powder balance and the right valves. Seems to work fine.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #8
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never had to balance 22.5 tires .never had a flat and they always get too old before they wear out ? guess i've been lucky.just put 6 new ones on sold my old ones for 75.00 each new one's ride great no vibration .
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Also purchased new Michelin's and had the equal installed. I did not have the screens put in and when I aired up one of them, the powder got stuck in the stem and tire went flat. Learned right away to pop air into it when you are finished airing the tire. I can not believe how the powder works, no vibration or shaking, very smooth. no weights to fly off or push against the hub caps.
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I had powder in the tires on my motor home and did have a problem with the valve stem and slow leaks. A couple of months ago I had the powder removed and a spin balance and am pleased. No more slow leaks.
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You learn something every day. Never heard of powder balancing. Always had good luck with weights.
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I also have powder. I had one tire out of 6 that leaked down. I changed the valve and no more problems.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:35 AM   #13
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had "equal" (powder) put in mine with the new tires...dealer stated the "equal" brand was improved and didn't clump as it had in the past....I have no way to know if that is fact or fiction...but I have no vibration
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