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Old 08-13-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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Dyna Beads For Balancing?

The folks at Dyna Beads say they are the best thing for tire balancing. I would like to hear from those who have used it and what you think of it? Also, is there a chance of these beads inside the tires somehow causing damage to the tire pressure sensors mounted inside the tires?
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I'm waiting on new tires currently, hopefully in the next 4 weeks. So I am real interested in others experience as well.
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:07 PM   #3
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When I had all 6 tires replaced on our coach the tire dealer said to try them before having them balanced. I found that they didn't need to be balanced.

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I recently replaced all 6 tires (Michelin XZA3+ 22.5") at a Loves Tire Center and they convinced me to use Counteract Balancing Beads during the install. I cannot speak for other brands but I can say my coach has never been as smooth as it is now after about 5000 miles on the new boots.
Cost per tire was around $12 which I thought was reasonable when compared to conventional balancing.
Balancing beads have become very popular in the trucking industry.
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I have been using Dyna Beads in my Motorcycle tires for years..Many MC boards have good discussions on them.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:18 PM   #6
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I was always a spin balance kind of guy since I sold tires when I was younger. The first time I tried the beads in the front tires on my Diplomat, I was impressed. The beads constantly correct for things, including hubs and brake drums that can be out of balance. As tires wear, the balance changes, so your choice is to pay for a rebalance or use the beads that constantly balance every time the coach moves. I still believe in spin balancing car tires, but the RV's work better with the beads.

With all that said, I like a more permanent system. I use the Centramatic wheel balancers that slip onto the hub behind the front wheel and between the duals on the rear. They're steel rings with the beads inside a tube on the edge of the ring. They're much more expensive, but are good for the life of the coach. Many of your trucks run Centramatics.

I'm sure this will offend some, but anytime someone tells me theirs didn't need balancing, there are one of three things going on. First, they were too cheap to spend the money, second, the installer wasn't able to balance them and convinced the owner they didn't need it or three, they just can't feel their coach vibrating down the road. I can ALWAYS tell when a wheel is out of balance and these big motor homes ride better when the wheels are balanced.
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I was always a spin balance kind of guy since I sold tires when I was younger. The first time I tried the beads in the front tires on my Diplomat, I was impressed. The beads constantly correct for things, including hubs and brake drums that can be out of balance. As tires wear, the balance changes, so your choice is to pay for a rebalance or use the beads that constantly balance every time the coach moves. I still believe in spin balancing car tires, but the RV's work better with the beads.

With all that said, I like a more permanent system. I use the Centramatic wheel balancers that slip onto the hub behind the front wheel and between the duals on the rear. They're steel rings with the beads inside a tube on the edge of the ring. They're much more expensive, but are good for the life of the coach. Many of your trucks run Centramatics.

I'm sure this will offend some, but anytime someone tells me theirs didn't need balancing, there are one of three things going on. First, they were too cheap to spend the money, second, the installer wasn't able to balance them and convinced the owner they didn't need it or three, they just can't feel their coach vibrating down the road. I can ALWAYS tell when a wheel is out of balance and these big motor homes ride better when the wheels are balanced.
Any idea of approximate costs of Centramatic wheel balancers and life span?
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. Just as for info. I was told that the 315/80R/22.5 tires need 12 oz of Dyna Beads ($27.25) per tire, and the 365's need 14 oz ($28.99) per tire. Keep in mind that these beads are large, you would need to dismount the tires to put these inside and also no need for a screened valve stems. I do not know how much they charge for a spin balance, but to me this by far is superior way to balance your tires!
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I found the best price for the Centramatics was from a company called Florida Shores Truck Center. They're about $186.00 per axle ( 2 units), come with free shipping and are delivered in about three days.

Once installed, they'll last the life of the coach.

On my previous coach I initially installed them on the rear duals. I had Goodyear G670's on the rear which I'm not a big fan of. After 40K miles they were ALL wearing perfectly even across the tread with no cupping. That sold me forever.
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I have Equal in mine and it works fine.
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:45 PM   #11
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I just ordered 6 12 oz of Dyna Beads for my 315 tires and 2 14 oz for my 365 which are on order, for a total of $230. Also, spin balance is $25 per tire - basically the same price as the Dyna Beads.
I want to thank everyone for chiming in!
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On the recommendation of another member who has a trucking company I went to Wal-Mart and bought Crosman High Impact 6mm seamless airsoft BB's. A jar of 5000 was about $15, which is more than enough for two tires. I put 12 oz. per tire, which is what DynaBeads recommends for my 295-80R-22.5 tires.

He said that he had been using them in his truck tires for several years without any problems, so thought I would give them a try!
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On the recommendation of another member who has a trucking company I went to Wal-Mart and bought Crosman High Impact 6mm seamless airsoft BB's. A jar of 5000 was about $15, which is more than enough for two tires. I put 12 oz. per tire, which is what DynaBeads recommends for my 295-80R-22.5 tires.

He said that he had been using them in his truck tires for several years without any problems, so thought I would give them a try!
I'm certain anything round would work as long as they stay detached and not bunched up. The Dyna Beads are ceramic and will not rust.
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