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Unread 08-07-2013, 05:35 AM   #1
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Anti-Freeze or windsheild washer in tires for balancing

I went to the tire shop to balance my 38.5" super swampers on my beadlock rims and the guy told me that because of the beadlock he could only balance them by sticking the weights in the middle of the rim. He told me that I should add antifreeze or windshield washer so that as the tires wear the liquid would compensate for any imbalance that can develop as the tire wears.

I've read that truckers have been using this method for ages with great results. I'm curious to hear if any of you hear has tried this and if so could you share your results?

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Unread 08-07-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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Anti-freeze has been used in agricultural tires around here for ages. But...that's fine because they are low speed and never hit the roadway much. There is some thought that the chemicals in the anti-freeze will eat away at the rubber inside the tire and cause the tires to fail sooner. But since it's below freezing in winter, anti-freeze is about the only liquid you could use for this purpose. However, on a truck tire I'm not sure I'd try it. I'd try something like the balancing beads or balls they sell first. What are those called.. Dynabeads or something like that?
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I use Dynabeads in my beadlocks (although only with 35 MTRs). Plenty of threads with people using airsoft pellets also. I put in 8 oz. in each tire per Dynabeads recommendation. If I get stuck cruising in the 52-54 MPH range I can feel an ever so slight wobble in the steering. That is the typical frequency where tire balance issues show up on TJs. But the wobble is very slight (you might not even notice it if you weren't watching for it) and other than that they seem to work fine.
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Thanks guys for your input.
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Use steel BB's from Walmart, $9 will get you enough to balance the tires on about 4 jeeps. If you get a puncture and the tire shop goes to patch it, some time the patch wont take because of the antifreeze/WSW formulation interacting with the patch/plug adhesive. Use a magnet to pull out the BB's before the repair and put them back in after the glue sets or you will have a bunch glued to the patch/plug.
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Anti-freeze has been used in agricultural tires around here for ages. But...that's fine because they are low speed and never hit the roadway much...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought water/anti-freeze was added to farm tractor tires for the purpose of adding weight. How often does a tractor go fast enough to notice an unbalanced tire let alone fast enough to generate enough centrifugal force to get the liquid to cling to the inside of the tire?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought water/anti-freeze was added to farm tractor tires for the purpose of adding weight. How often does a tractor go fast enough to notice an unbalanced tire let alone fast enough to generate enough centrifugal force to get the liquid to cling to the inside of the tire?
You are correct... which is why I said it's fine because tractors don't have to worry about the things cars/SUVs have to worry about.

Again, as I said on a Jeep I'd try something else like Dynabeads or BBs. The anti-freeze can be corrosive to TPMS sensors, the inside of the alloy wheel, and the rubber of the tire and it might create a dangerous situation on the highway as time passes.
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I would avoid putting any kind of chemical inside the tire. There is no telling what impact that would have long term on the rubber, and it would almost certainly rust up the valve.

We've been looking into different balance beads. I really think these are the way to go with any larger diameter tire/wheel assembly. The big advantage for M/T tires is they will dynamically balance the tire for the life of the tire. So, if you get mud packed in, or rocks stuck in the tread, it will still balance. When the tread is half worn and the weight of the tire has changed, still balanced. I just got some samples of the Counter Act balance beads based on a recommendation from one of our dealers. There are several brands out there and I'd encourage you to find a local dealer who uses them and just go that route.

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