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Old 05-02-2016, 10:32 PM   #1
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Spin balance or bead balance

I am getting new tires put on this week and I was told they can balance them either way. Which would be the preferred method? They are 19.5" tires .
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:37 PM   #2
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If they can spin them up to highway speeds, I would go with the spin balance. This will allow you to find out if they go out of round at highway speeds
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:41 PM   #3
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They usually don't spin them at highway speeds and the weights don't like to stay on aluminum wheels.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:59 PM   #4
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all TCi Tire Centers do spin balancing at 55 mph.

That is plenty good.

Works for me!

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I have steel wheels if that makes a difference.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:17 AM   #6
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Another route is using "Centermatics" they're metal disks that mount behind the rim and continually balance the tire and wheel assembly. Yes they're a bit pricey up front but will last thru about 5 tire changes, where beads must be replace with each tire change. I got mine from "Florida Shores Truck Center" at a discount from where I'd found then other places.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:25 AM   #7
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I agree on centramatics, have full sets on all my OTR trucks and trailers they do a fantastic job. I have run many sets over 1 million miles and they are still going. Usually no more than $199.00 an axle, check the internet sometimes you can get a deal.
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I have the ceramic beads in my tires and get a very smooth ride. I put them in myself while new Samson tires were put on. If you use beads, be sure to have a couple of clean rags handy to wipe off the soap they put on the tires to install them. Very happy with results.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:32 AM   #9
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TCI installed equil in my tires approximately 2 years ago. After repeatedly complaining about ride they did spin balance the front tires which Improved the ride. Spin balance for me in the future.
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If you can find a facility that would do a "road force" balance, I believe that to be the best... it combines a spin balance with the force of the road...

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I just had my new 22.5's replaced three weeks ago.. its the ONLY way I will have any of my tires balanced..

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IMHO, spin balance the wheels and tires as a last resort, because it only balances what you spin, basically the wheel and tire. Beads and Centramatics balance the whole spinning assembly, including the hub, the lugs and nuts, the brake drum/rotor, even the valve cap or tpms sensor. And they last for as long as you run those tires in the case of beads, or forever in the case of Centramatics. Spin balancing doesn't last long at all. Beads for me
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I am getting new tires put on this week and I was told they can balance them either way. Which would be the preferred method? They are 19.5" tires .
This is an age old debate that, in all reality, is simply a matter of choice. The senior way of balancing is with spinning and weights. The truckers started using a liquid/ball bearing system decades ago. I remember when I was little and we were on vacation traveling some place, we'd stop for the night at some sleezy hotel and, I'd wander around the parking lot looking at these "MONSTER" 18 wheel trucks that were there too.

I noticed a round tube, that was semi-clear, sort of pink-ish, that housed some fluid and, some ball bearings. Man, at that age, was I perplexed or what??? I later found out that those were balancing systems for the tires and wheels. They've been improved since way back then.

Then there's the balancing beads that, can be inserted through the valve stem or, the ones I tried one time that were plastic bags that were tossed into the inside of the tire, prior to it being seated and inflated.

Well, in my case, when all six tires were installed, I was on my way. Something didn't feel right. I lived with it about a couple of weeks. I was still getting shakes and vibrations at many speeds. So, back to the tire store I went. Just as a check, the jacked up one of the front wheels and, put a spin balance motor/rotor against my free wheeling front tire. They proceeded to spin it up to speed but, it was shaking so bad that they had to stop.

So, the dismounted that tire, only to find out the bags had NEVER BROKE OPEN. So, they did the other front wheel/tire and, found the same thing. Well, guess what, it was the same in all four rears too.

So, out came the bags and, they spun balanced all six. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY BETTER!! Now, was this an isolated case? Maybe. But, I've had probably about 50 cars, 15 or so trucks, 20 or so motorcycles and, four motor homes and, basically, each and every one has had spin balancing done them. I have yet to be dissatisfied with that process.

There are many folks out there that are completely happy with the balancing beads, "Balance Masters" (liquid and ball bearing type) and other methods. It's a matter of choice.

One of the first things I do when getting either truck or motor home tires is, I poke my nose right close to the balancing machine the tech is using to see just how much run-out the tire(s) have. If they look even questionable to me, I have them investigate weather the tire(s) are OUT OF ROUND or not. I've caught a few that way and had them changed to other tires. An EGG is a EGG. You can attempt to balance for the rest of your life but, it's still an EGG. Just something to consider.
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When I had the drive tires replaced, the place where I purchased them did the Hunter Road Force Spin Balance. Discovered that I had a bad rim because the wheel/tire traveled laterally while the assembly was being spun.

I don't think that bead balancing would have caught that.
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