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Old 01-25-2012, 10:46 AM
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Default Balancing Beads Review

First let me say this is a review of MY experience using dyna beads to balance my tires. I don't care if you worked in a tire shop or are some tire expert. I'm tired of the fact that every time I looked at review for balancing bead there is some douche who is a 'expert' and think balancing beads are useless.

Now that that's over with, here's my review...

To start with the truck is a 2002 XLT 4x4, With cranked torsion bars and LT265/75/R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires on M/T Classic II Black Rims with about 5000 miles on them.

Here's where I got my balancing beads. I picked them because they are ceramic beads and not glass beads.

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/index.php

When I got the tires new from 4 wheel parts they were balanced for about 3000 miles then started shaking at about 65mph. Now the tires have about 5000-6000 miles on them and before today were only getting worse. I'm not a big fan of paying someone to rotate and balance them. So I did a ton of research and ended up buying offroad dyna beads. I bought two 10oz. bags and split them in half and an running 5oz. in each tire. Because they are the larger offroad beads they could not be installed through the valve stem. So to install them I took the tires off the truck. Removed the valve stem to deflate the tire. Then I used a tire machine to break the bead. I did not feel like taking the tire off the rim so I just had a friend lift one side of the tire while I pushed down on the other side, and just pored them in the gap. then all I had to do was reseat the bead and remount the tire on the truck. With the tires set back to 35psi. it was time to drive home.

So far I've only drove up to about 60mph but there is no shake at all and i'm hoping to take it on the highway later today or tomorrow sometime.

I will post a update and a long term review later



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Old 01-25-2012, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: Balancing Beads Review

seems good to me. and your truck looks nice man! i have about 8k i think on my bfg's a/t and i think i lost a weight on one of them or my inner tie rod is worst then i expected lol
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:17 PM
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Default Re: Balancing Beads Review

Interested to see how this pans out... I've been exploring this option lately.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:25 PM
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If this works on your truck guess what I'm doing!!!

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Old 01-25-2012, 12:47 PM
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any pics of the beads?
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:54 PM
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Default Re: Balancing Beads Review

Everyone on Clemson University's off-road club runs balancing beads. Most of them are engineers and they have sworn by them for years especially if you have tires larger then 33s and plan to go down the interstate. If they say that they work then they work.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:41 AM
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any pics of the beads?
No, sorry I did not think to take pictures. But thanks to google here you go.

http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te...ner/index.html

http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te.../photo_05.html

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