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Old 05-01-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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We are replacing the tires on our 01 DSDP. The new tires will be Goodyear 670's 275 80 R 22.5 LRH. Some of the tire stores I talked with use Ceramic beads and some use lead weights.

One said the beads started in large aircraft tires and then NASCAR picked it up and uses it. What has been your experience with beads or lead weights on large tires--22.5 inch? Do your have a recommendation?

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We are replacing the tires on our 01 DSDP. The new tires will be Goodyear 670's 275 80 R 22.5 LRH. Some of the tire stores I talked with use Ceramic beads and some use lead weights.

One said the beads started in large aircraft tires and then NASCAR picked it up and uses it. What has been your experience with beads or lead weights on large tires--22.5 inch? Do your have a recommendation?

thanks, for your comments.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:36 PM   #3
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Weights have worked well for years for me. I would stay with weights.

Aircraft and Nascar success doesn't necessarily translate to RV success.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:47 PM   #4
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I replaced the weights with Balance Beads a year ago and have been very pleased with the results. Made a big difference in the ride, eliminated a vibration that wouldn't quit.
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I had that stuff put in the front tires and did not change the valves and have encountered problems when checking tire pressure with the valves jamming open when the gauge was removed and the air escaped.It required that air be added to blow the valve clean so that it sealed properly.The balancing aspect of the product seems to be very good.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:07 PM   #6
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My Michelin Truck Tire dealer doesn't balance. Told me at the rate a Michelin 22.5 turns balancing is very rarely needed.

My Suncruiser had no weights on from the factory and it is smooth as silk.

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Old 05-01-2008, 06:40 PM   #7
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Dyna Beads for me.
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QUOTE:"I had that stuff put in the front tires and did not change the valves and have encountered problems when checking tire pressure with the valves jamming open when the gauge was removed and the air escaped.It required that air be added to blow the valve clean so that it sealed properly.The balancing aspect of the product seems to be very good."

All you have to do is to replace your valves with the proper ones. It's not fair to blame the material when you don't use the proper equipment! JMHO!!
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Both systems work. I use weights first and watch the tires being balanced. If that doesn't work, a second trip to the tire dealer is in order. There may be something wrong with the tire. Lastly, there are after market tire balancing choices, beads being one of them.
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I am looking into new tires for my Winnie and one local dealer said they use 'Equal' in them for balance. Is that the same as 'beads'?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Capt Joe:
.... they use 'Equal' in them for balance./QUOTE]

If you use Equal, make sure they equip the tire with a valve stem fitted with screens so as not to cause a sealing problem later.
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Let me echo the screens on the valves as essential-see my earlier post.As well,be on hand for the installation and ensure the tire installer does not get too generous with the bead lubricant and see that he keeps it out of the tire as the lube is water based and will remain in there and will freeze the balancing medium into a solid lump causing a huge out of balance condition.I had an issue with the man who did my installation,and he did not realize the significance of keeping the water out of the tire -it was their first time using the beads,thus the ommission of the proper valves.Live and learn!
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The problem with the water may be specific to the installation of the Equal. There is no water in the Balance Bead delivery system. All done through the tire valves.
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