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Old 10-25-2021, 11:24 AM   #1
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Balance Beads

Looking to get new tires for my 2015 Class A Fleetwood Excursion 33D, probably Michelin 255/R70 22.5 through FMCA. Local tire company in Tampa will put Equal balance beads in if I want. Anyone have experience with these? Any potential issues with my valve stem TPMS? I have had stem leakage issues with motorcycle tires using Counteract DIYK.
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I had them in my old Jayco Seneca 33ss (19.5's) for 5 years, and now I have them in our Pace Arrow (22.5's) and they work great. Four trips to Florida and back to Colorado so far on the Pace Arrow 37c and she still rides like glass at any speed. I have them in all 6 tires.

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Old 10-25-2021, 11:37 AM   #3
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Since I work in a tire shop.
We only install balance beads when the customer requests them. Not fond of them. We've seen what they do to the inner liner of tires. Plus if you ever have a leak repaired how do you know if some of the beads are lost during the repair?
What about centrimatic balance rings?
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I have been using balancing beads in all our tires for years with no problems. I don't know about the Equal brand. I went to Wal-Mart and bought the premium airsoft BBs. They are very hard and I couldn't see any reason why they would not work fine. I determined the recommended weight for my tires and had a tire shop put them in. Very smooth ride!
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Old 10-25-2021, 02:34 PM   #5
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Balance beads, I have used them in my H/D tires..having said
that I have NOT balanced them and had the same results...
BUT it did give me a warm fuzzy feeling...lol
Just had then installed last yr. in my winnie, don't know what
the brand (local tire shop) and when I checked tires before a
trip, one of the little NOT ROUND chipped up material got stuck
under the valve stem seat. Even bent the stem and I had to
replace the valve stem.....coopcolt
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The trucking companies and RV owners have been using Equal & similar balance bead products for decades. It's a tried & true method of balancing. I have personally employed balance beads on several RVs.
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I think this is what I used.

https://www.amazon.com/Crosman-10000...A%2CB00C87XZ5U
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When I had new tires installed a couple months back there was a bag of beads in each front tire, none in the rear and that is what we did with the new tires. I asked the installer about the rear and he said they never install beads in the rear, Beaver goes down the road nice and smooth just as it did prior.
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I've used Innovative Balancing ceramic beads in the past. Used them on my 4x4 with 37" bias ply tires on the 2pc steel beadlocked wheels with custom rock rings welded to them. Very heavy combination (145lb), not able to be balanced on a regular machine and if old school bubble balanced took a lot of weight. Using the ceramic beads the ride was smooth to 75mph, truck didn't really get much faster than that
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When I had new tires installed a couple months back there was a bag of beads in each front tire, none in the rear and that is what we did with the new tires. I asked the installer about the rear and he said they never install beads in the rear, Beaver goes down the road nice and smooth just as it did prior.
I've never understood how beads still in a bag could work!
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Spray the inside with " Pam" ?
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Had 6 Toyo M154’s installed in April with balance beads. Super smooth.
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I've never understood how beads still in a bag could work!
The bag breaks open after a few miles.
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I've never understood how beads still in a bag could work!
The bag breaks open once you drive, the old tires had the same broken bag and beads in there or I wouldn't have believed it.

Off subject but the guy that mounted my tires that came to my work parking lot was nice enough to let me help so I got to see it all first hand, also learned that the lug nuts are reverse thread on drivers side which I was surprised to see, reminded me of how they did that back in the day on the Dodge/Plymouth muscle cars. Took 2 hours all six start to finish.
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