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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?
 

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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'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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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.
I use to loose weights all the time on the Snowflake wheels on my Trans Am. When my son changes the tires on the car we'll use beads in them, but the car don't get high way driven much.
 

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Tires become out of balance as they wear, balance beads, ride-on, centramatic all continually balance the tires, a tires balance normally can't be felt until 20 MPH and by that point each of the mentioned products start to balance the tire.

As the tire wears these products keep the tire in balance resulting in a cooler running tire and longer tread life up to 20%.

I had centramatic balancers on my 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour, they worked great, I have Centramatics on my 2016 Ram 2500 right now.

I have used balance beads in the past and they work well on motorcycle tires. I currently have ride-on in the tires of the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental and the tires ride nice and smooth with no cupping to date in the 2,850 miles I have on the bike. Cupping can come from out of balance but normally from under dampened suspension systems as most tires are balanced.

Lead weights work but as the tire wears they should be rebalanced as they will fall out of balance slightly resulting in uneven tire wear. Balance beads, ride-on and centramatic all keep the tires balanced for the life of the tire.
 

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... Lead weights work but as the tire wears they should be rebalanced as they will fall out of balance slightly resulting in uneven tire wear. Balance beads, ride-on and centramatic all keep the tires balanced for the life of the tire.
Although I agree with you in theory, as far as practical purposes go imbalances caused by tire wear or not balancing a wheel more accurately than in 1/8th ounce increments (1/4 ounce weights is the smallest I've seen sold) isn't enough to be concerned with. In forty years of riding and properly maintaining my motorcycles I haven't ever experienced abnormal tire wear patterns even though I only use lead as weights. People should be more concerned with dialing in their suspension properly and keeping their tires inflated appropriately which have far more profound affects on tire wear than the wheels being out of balance by fractions of an ounce.
 

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I put two new tires on my 1100 a couple years ago. I installed ride-on when I mounted them. Bike has ridden smooth as silk since the first time out with the new shoes.
 

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One other advantage to the Ride_On is that it not only changes as necessary to rebalance the tire as it wears, but it is also a leak sealant and will plug punctures. It's different from Slime as it sticks somewhat to the tread area of the tire and doesn't make a mess when the tire comes off.

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how do they all not end up on the bottom of the tire every time you stop?!
They do go to the bottom of the tire every time you stop, but a tire does not display any out of balance issues until you reach 20 MPH and over and by the time you reach 20 MPH the balance beads have moved into positions to balance the tire.

I had a set of Centramatic balance rings on my 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour and they worked great as well.

I have a set of Centramatic balance rings on my current 2016 Ram 2500 pick up also.

The advantage of balance beads over weights is as the tire wears if slowing goes out of balance effecting tire wear negatively.

With balance beads or Centramatic balance rings the tires remain in balance from day one until you replace them, they also allow the tire to run cooler which helps the tire last longer.
 

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i use Ride-On tire balancer and sealant.

Tire Sealant | Tire Protection System - Ride-On

I used Ride-on but I did not find it to be effective, oh it balanced the tire but it did not plug a leak like they say, also of the three tires I used it in it never did cling to the tire like the photo you have, in my tires it was always wet and would drip, I did not like it and no longer will use Ride-on.
 

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maybe it wasn't applied correctly or used the incorrect amount. or the leak was not in the contact patch area. there's no way it would be wet and drippy if it was done correctly. it's not like the formula changes from one bike to another. if i accidentally spilled coke all over my shirt i wouldn't blame coca-cola.
 
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