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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-22-2018, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Balance Beads vs Regular Weights

How many of you use balance beads (Dyna Beads or Counteract Balancing Beads) instead of regular wheel weights?

What is your opinion? Do they work? What speeds have you test them at?

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How many of you use balance beads (Dyna Beads or Counteract Balancing Beads) instead of regular wheel weights?

What is your opinion? Do they work? What speeds have you test them at?
I had them put in my motor home tires and like them. Smooth in the coach. Don't see why they wouldn't work on a bike.

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how do they all not end up on the bottom of the tire every time you stop?!
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how do they all not end up on the bottom of the tire every time you stop?!
Reading the description on how the Counteract Balancing Beads work is that because they are Teflon coated, they build some static electricity & that allows them to stick to the low places to balance out the tire. The Dyna Beads did not mention if they stay when stopped or not. (May gave but, it is not floating around in my head.)

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Reading the description on how the Counteract Balancing Beads work is that because they are Teflon coated, they build some static electricity & that allows them to stick to the low places to balance out the tire. The Dyna Beads did not mention if they stay when stopped or not. (May gave but, it is not floating around in my head.)
Everything I've read on them, they do drop to the bottom of the tire when stopped. I bought dynabeads on the first MH, don't know what they used on the one I have now but they seem to work very good. I've had tires on my coachs static balanced before and they didn't seem as smooth as the beads. But then again the coac I have now is much newer.

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They do. I used them on my Jeep which had 37 in. tires. I didn't drive much on pavement, but around 20 MPH I would get some shake in the front. Kind of annoying, but not a big deal with 4 tires on the ground.
I wouldn't put them in my bike tires.
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Everything I've read on them, they do drop to the bottom of the tire when stopped...
Yep so every time your wheels spin up from a stop they will be out of balance until the beads can redistribute themselves and 'balance' it. I find the cost of the beads to be prohibitive when there are ways to make your own very accurate wheel balancing rig and your wheels will always be in balance.

One that I've recently seen was this suspended version using skateboard bearings and minimal hardware. It's adjustable, accommodates various axle sizes and types and best of all takes up very little drawer space. I think it's an absolutely brilliant design.
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I am running the DynaBeads in my F250 with 35x12.50r18. With the big meaty tires and 4 of them to boot, I don't really notice anything as the beads are redistributing themselves coming up to 30 mph or so, but hoping they help out long term on tire wear and not throwing weights every time I leave the tire shop.
I have heard back and forth on using them on bike tires, with my lean of just getting the wheel weights that way you don't have any transitional vibrations. One thing to wonder about with bikes is the added weight on a fast or tight turn or vibration/balance when trying to do evasive manuevers.

My experience installing those little buggers...well I'll try to keep my language polite haha. They didn't like going through the valve stem, stuck together with static or would clog up causing me to have to tap on everything or pull the hose to try to get flow again. I read tips on using compressed air to "blow" them in and a few other things. End up using a vibratory device to ease things along haha. My overall recommendation on installation is to put them in while mounting the tire. Also keep in mind that you will need a filtered schrader valve so that they won't get stuck in the valve stem and cause a slow leak or not allow air back in.

If you do some Googles, some people use airsoft beads. soft and fairly durable, larger sized so won't get stuck in your valve stem. However they won't fit through your valve stem, so install when mounting. Also saw a few others that put sand in the tire.
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I use balance beads on my MC tires. I do not have any vibration. I am thinking of installing Centrics on the Wing though.
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I've had 3 to 4 cars in my driveway for the last 20 years. In all that time I think I have only taken one wheel back to the tire shop to have it re-balanced after it lost one of its weights.

I always get new tires balanced when purchased and installed, so I dont see what problem this is trying to solve.

When I changed my MC tires myself a few years ago, it was simple to put the axles in the wheels, and balance them letting them freewheel to the heavy side on the bottom while holding the axle, adding weight to the other side. Had no issues with that set of tires on my MC.
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