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post #1 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Tire balance beads

Have you tried them? If so how did/do you like them? Did/do they work well at highway speed? Iíve used them on street bikes with great results but not in large Offroad tires. I have new wheels coming for the TJ and was thinking of trying beads out.


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post #2 of 10 Old 05-25-2020, 09:19 PM
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Been using airsoft pellets in mine for years. Works great.

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Get them balanced correctly and you don't ever need beads.
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Get them balanced correctly and you don't ever need beads.
Absolutely true but you'll have to rebalance from time to time, beads are set and forget
I started using DynaBeads in the 33's I put on my F250 because they would fling weights off on the freeway, the beads solved that, been running them for 130k trouble free miles (also run them in the motorcycle)
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Running dynabeads in my 35' pitbulls and no issues up to 110kph (that's as fast as I would drive it anyways). I tend to scrape off wheel weights every year so when I went to these tires I decided to move to beads.

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I've used Dynabeads, Copper BBs, and airsoft BBs. All work fine. You will get a bit of a "clink" as they fall off the tire and bounce off the wheel when you come to a stop but you'll need your windows down to hear the airsoft BBs. The copper bb gun bbs were a louder. Good thing about BBs is they constantly adjust as needed. If you get a bunch of mud packed onto your wheel unless it's a lot you will still get a balance effect from them.

I do my own tires and balancing here at home. I still use stick on weights on most applications but I do use BBs sometimes especially on something that sees a lot of off pavement use.

You can buy Airsoft BBs by the 5000 count for pretty cheap. If you go with the heavier weight airsoft BBs like .25 gram or heavier they work out to be about .01oz per BB. So you need about 100 BBs to equal one oz of weight. Also keep in mind that with the balancing weight being further out from the center line of the wheel you won't need as much balance weight.

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Get them balanced correctly and you don't ever need beads.
You donít wheel do you? There are plenty of good reasons to use beads or airsoft pellets.
1. Most tire shops wonít touch a true beadlocks wheel with a 10 foot pole. So they wonít balance them either.
2. Most tire shops canít balance anything over a 35Ē tire.
3. Stick on and clamp on wheel weights can and do get knocked off when Offroad.
4. When you air down to hit the trail, your tire can slip on the wheel and move out of position thus throwing off the balance. I.e you have to get them balanced again.

Pellets are internal and work with centrifugal force. They never go out of balance because as your wheel spins the beads spin out to find the spots they need to be in and stick there while you are in motion. Dump em in when you mount the tire and you never have to deal with it again.

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Thanks for the help and suggestions fellas. Makes me less concerned about going beads.


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I tried Airsoft pellets because they are cheap. Had no problems whatsoever.
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You donít wheel do you? There are plenty of good reasons to use beads or airsoft pellets.
1. Most tire shops wonít touch a true beadlocks wheel with a 10 foot pole. So they wonít balance them either.
2. Most tire shops canít balance anything over a 35Ē tire.
3. Stick on and clamp on wheel weights can and do get knocked off when Offroad.
4. When you air down to hit the trail, your tire can slip on the wheel and move out of position thus throwing off the balance. I.e you have to get them balanced again.
There must not be any knowledgeable tire shops where you live. Time to move and get out of your lockdown.

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GOT IT BACK on 6/17. 03' Rubicon/Zone 4.25" combo lift with 4" lift coils up front/Zone hydro shocks/5.13 gears/35" Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires/Black Magic brakes. Jeep #17 & 19.
SOLD 99' XJ /4.0L-AW4/ 5.5" lift / 33" DC tires.
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