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Old 10-12-2020, 11:23 AM   #1
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Tire Bead Balance vs Weights

Interested in Pros / Cons for Wheel Weights vs Bead Balance for the steer tires on our motorhome, tire size is 22.5 Toyo tires
Thanks in advance for any help.
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I have the balancing beads in all our tires and am well pleased with the performance! They are self-adjusting and can't fall off like the weights, plus not many shops can spin balance a 22.5 tire and do it right!
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Have had centramtia wheel balances for several years work great for me , donít have to worry about the beeds during flat
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I had beads installed when tries were replaced. I use tire monitors on the stems and every once in a while, the powder gets into the stems when I check pressure. This causes them to deflate. I have to let them bleed air out until the pressure on my compressor can force the beads out of the stem and reseal the tire. Now I just leave the monitors on and air as needed.

It is a pain, but nothing I canít live with.
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Joe pretty well defined the pros. LPD218 pretty well defined the cons.

DynaBeads solved that problem. Click HERE. They made the beads large enough they can't get caught in the valve causing a leak.

I solved it my way by using non-plated polished BB gun BB's. After 5K miles or so smooth as glass. No discernable bounce on any wheel. See the attachment for some bead comparative sizes.

Tiny bead on the right is standard tire bead. Center is #4 Steel shotgun shell pellet. Left is BB gun BB.
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Thanks folks, still up in the air about which way to go.
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Properly installed beads will use valve stems that won't admit the beads that could jam the valves. Unfortunately, some tire shops use small diameter beads and don't bother to get the right type of valves, e.g. screened or narrow-throated. I'm a fan of the beads (or the Centramatic) because dynamic balancing self-adjusts for changes over the life of the tire and doesn't get knocked off by road hazards or careless techs, but sloppy work at tire shops can cause frustration..
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Joe pretty well defined the pros. LPD218 pretty well defined the cons.

DynaBeads solved that problem. Click HERE. They made the beads large enough they can't get caught in the valve causing a leak.

I solved it my way by using non-plated polished BB gun BB's. After 5K miles or so smooth as glass. No discernable bounce on any wheel. See the attachment for some bead comparative sizes.

Tiny bead on the right is standard tire bead. Center is #4 Steel shotgun shell pellet. Left is BB gun BB.
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I use these https://www.centramatic.com/balancers.rhtml and have them on the truck in the 22.5 size and on the trailer in the 17.5 size. Whats nice is that they take close to a million miles to wear out/
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I'm in the process of replacing tires and decided to go with the Centramatic balancers noted above and recommended by others.
I just got mine delivered today, have the tires paid for at the dealer taking advantage of the FMCA tire discount program and about to schedule the tire mounting date.
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No beads for me

Installed these a few days ago. In the process, I also set the helper springs to spec while I was in there. It was pretty easy. Did it myself.
The first test will come in a week when we go on a 1000 mile round trip. So far the 1/10 mile strip of smooth road I could find felt pretty good. I think I will install them on the front too.
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