The only problem with doing this is if you are ever in the situation where you must use Fix a Flat, or Slime in your tires, it is all over!! That stuff will make the beads stick in place and it will shake soo hard you will think the tires are going to tear off the truck.
Answer) I NEVER use fix a flat or slime except in atv tires.
We have been using Centramatics ( www.centramatic.com
) on our semis at work for years with good results. Most of our trucks are city runners. The shop manager says we average 250,000 miles on a balancer before it quits working. (much more on the road trucks, like 750,000)
Answer) We use beads in our 60,000 lb over the road cranes = No problems & cost less
The reason is that the steel shot in the tube wears pits in the tube and gets hung up in the low spots, or a small leak will form and the oil runs out. But when you are spending $800.00 for one steer tire it is well worth the cost of the Centramatic.
For us here it probably isn't a big deal since we would only use a tire once, but at work they used to use the beads in the tire and they got away from it. What was happening was the beads were wearing down the rubber inside the tire to the point that they could not get it recapped. (FYI: Depending on condition and care, you can re-cap a truck tire 4 to 5 times before it is ready to be retired from service. It could have close to 1.2 million miles on it by then. Do the math $800.00 for new, $175.00 to recap what you got.)
Answer) You have a point with commercial truck tires however since I don't use recaps on my personal vehicles it is a moot point.
Centramatic also sells balancers for light trucks, and yes the XJ. I have been kicking around the idea of trying them out. They are only $200.00 for the set. The nice thing is that it will balance the whole wheel assembly even if it is full of mud/snow, and continue to re balance as it gets flung out.
Answer) From what I have seen the beads are also constantly rebalancing as needed and spending an extra $200 when my whole idea is to SAVE money is a bit counter productive.
I would be curious to see what effect these would have on a truck with a known "Death Wobble"? Would the balancer be able to cancel it out???