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Balancing Beads

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by hardman, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. hardman

    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    While at the motorcycle show on the weekend, I picked up a wheel balancing kit using beads. The kit was $25.00 and provides a 1oz and 2 oz pack of beads (the bags of beads are weighted according to the size of bike one rides). The valve is removed from the tire and the beads are slowly fed in by a small plastic bottle with a clear tube that fits over the valve stem. It took some time to get all the beads into my front tire as they would occasionally get blocked. They suggested to use a engraver and pressing on the valve stem side so the vibration would help the beads flow through into the tire. It definitely took some time, but eventually I got all the beads into the tire.

    The principle of balancing is as the tire rotates, the beads will automatically disperse to the unbalanced portions of the tire balancing the wheel better than using weights. I was told this occurs at speeds of about 30kmh or greater. Of course once you stop they will all fall to one spot until you travel again.

    Our washing machine uses the same principle to balance loads during the spin cycles, so I figured it must work on tires as well.

    I guess I'll how well it works this season and report back on my findings.

    The company who sells the product is Counteract Motocycle Balancing and the website is http://totalbalancemotorsports.com/index.html if your interested.
  2. cambam

    cambam ODSC Executive

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    I grabbed some also.
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    Mr. C ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Are the beads for tubeless tires only?
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    Chef ODSC Executive

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    I bought kind of the same product a few years back at the show. Called dynabeads. Worked well, yes they were for tube tires. Now, I just run half a bottle of slime in my tires .... figures it does the same thing as well as helping with flats.
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    They work for tube or tubeless tires.
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    wrightonalan Limited User

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    I found tire slime works good too.
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    I've ridden with guys who have tried them with knobbies before. Never really worked as well as a good old fashion balancing (IMO).
    If your tire is really out - don't think they get a chance to "seat" properly.
    let us know how they work out in the spring.