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Unread 02-07-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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Balancing beads

I got new General Grabber AT2s mounted today. The first tire took almost 20oz of weight to balance. So they suggested I try balancing beads, so I went for it not really knowing much about it. They put about 10oz in each tire, that is what the manufacturer recommended for this particular bead type. I barely have a shimmy in the steering wheel at 45mph. Should I take it back and see if they can adjust it?

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Unread 02-07-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Unread 02-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #3
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I had zero luck with balancing beads.


Usually you add beads at .5 ounce increments till they balance out. Call the manufacturer of the beads and ask what they recommend.
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Unread 02-07-2014, 04:21 PM   #4
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They started with static weights on the wheel, but when the first "new" tire took 20oz of stick on weights, they asked me if I wanted to use beads instead, I said sure. It really drives a lot better than with my old tires, except for the very slight shimmy at 45 or so.
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Did they spin the tire around the wheel to try to get a better balance? Often lazy workers will just slap a tire onto a wheel and just add whatever weight is necessary (then they won't recheck it, so it's still probably not balanced anyway). A good tire guy will move the tire around the wheel to try to get the wheel's imbalances and the tire's imbalances to cancel each other out as much as possible to reduce how much weight will be necessary to balance them. He/she will then check and recheck until they're truly balanced.
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Did they spin the tire around the wheel to try to get a better balance?
I'm not sure if they did. But they did spend a good bit of time trying to get the new tires to balance. Was asked initially about the beads, but I asked for weights. They charge a dollar per ounce for weights, and seeing how it was going to be 20 dollars just for that, they asked about the beads because they were less expensive and don't call for rebalancing. So i went for it. I'm going to take it in again tomorrow and see if they can add more to the fronts to see if it sorts it out. Overall I am pleased though.
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