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Old 04-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by wmtire View Post
Bead balancing works...but they have to free flow. The tire needs to always be dry inside.
1.You don't ever need to use fix-a-flat liquid type products which will gum up the beads.
2. Don't insert outside to inside plugs, which will interfere with the beads flow
3. If you have the tire properly repaired with an inside patch, make sure the tech doesn't use a patch sealer over the patch. This sealer is real sticky and the beads will stick here. Also, ask them to coat over the patch and overbuffed liner area with baby powder, which will soak up excess glue (you do the same thing when running inner tubes so the tubes don't glue themselves to the tire) and give the beads a smooth area to roll over.
4. I know this is real hard, and is almost impractical....but when adding air to the tires, you need to use air compressors with good water filters on them. Air tanks sweat (we drain ours daily) and accumulate water in them. This water will make it into the air lines and into your tires, thus clumping up the beads.
Just my opinion, but you just listed all the reasons to use regular method of balancing a tire. Why go thru all that hassle?

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:07 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
Just my opinion, but you just listed all the reasons to use regular method of balancing a tire. Why go thru all that hassle?
It really isn't a hassle, and the balancing lasts the life of the tire, even compensating for a stone stuck in the tread.
There are a lot of commercial users that use them in our area, and they do so for a reason. I will trust their professional judgement.

And ryand, $50 for mounting and balancing 4 tires sounds like a pretty good deal!

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
Just my opinion, but you just listed all the reasons to use regular method of balancing a tire. Why go thru all that hassle?
Tires don't necessarily wear in even amounts. They can wear more due to alignment, worn parts, etc. Because the tire doesn't wear equal, it won't necessarily stay balanced either, since the weights applied outside for the tire/wheel at a certain point in time pertain to the amount of light and heavy spots at that time. Just getting mud clumped on your wheel too, will cause imbalance. This is why you rebalance tires every so often.

The inside balance bead products, are constantly moving, thus providing a constant balance irregardless of most wear (unless it's something so drastic that it can't compensate for). As the light spot(s) in the assembly change, the beads will compensate.

The reason I posted what I did, was for anyone who uses the balance bead products, to be aware of certain things. It's not hard to remember those few caveats.......and a lot of people will never even need to have their tire repaired.

We use balance bead products, and work on tires that have them in them. I tell my customers the same thing when we use the beads.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:51 PM   #14
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I picked up my 16" E rated Maxxis tires on E-bay for $660 (all four). And free shipping. The date codes on all of them were less than 6 months old. I had Discount Tire mount and balance them all for under $100.00. The cheapest quote I got from anyone around there for the same tires was just over $900.00. So I saved a bit going the online route.

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