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balancing beads

Post by Don ellis » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:54 am

Does anybody have any experience with these things? Do they work?


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Re: balancing beads

Post by Tom Hicks » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:08 am

This will get you started:
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Post by SurfCityGene » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:57 pm

YES, They will keep your tires always balanced for the life of the tire after about 10 or 20 MPH. There is a long discussion here a short time ago. Dyna Beads or Balance Beads are what you want to Google and you'll find lots of info. I wouldn't drive without them..
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Re: balancing beads

Post by Will » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:02 pm

I put them into my tires a long time ago and never really seen any difference. But as a rule i don't go much over 30mph. maybe they help with a faster speed.
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Re: balancing beads

Post by Jugster » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:39 pm

I use them and as far as I'm concerned, they work great. Getting the darned things into the inner-tube can be a bit of a challenge, but it can be done easily enough using some kind of squeeze-bottle and a soda-straw or short length of the correct-diameter tubing.

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Re: balancing beads

Post by Jem » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:20 pm

I don't drive the T fast enough to bother, but I have them in the flathead coupe and VW camper and have no balance problems at highway speeds. But getting them into tubed tyres is a fiddle.

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Post by Oldav8tor » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:03 pm

I saved quite a bit by purchasing my Counteract balancing beads thru a local tire shop. This link <https://www.counteractbalancing.com/con ... -a-dealer/> will tell you if you have any dealers near you. They did have to order them in as they didn't normally carry the six ounce bags. Worth checking.
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Re: balancing beads

Post by bobster1 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:34 pm

They are great, I have them in every antique car I own. Even if you don’t drive fast you can feel the difference. I just installed them in my Model N and it only took 30 minutes to do all 4 wheels. Generally you must use one of those vibrating engraving tools on the valve stem to keep them from plugging up. You can buy them at Harbor Freight for almost nothing.
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Re: balancing beads

Post by bobster1 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:35 pm

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Re: balancing beads

Post by SurfCityGene » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:36 pm

Just read a suggestion here on another thread about using a squirt of air pressure when the plastic tube fills up like it's starting to do in the last picture. If you don't have a vibrating engraver, You might have a electric tooth brush like I have used.

Next time I'm going to try the air hose after reading the other post!
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Re: balancing beads

Post by AdminJeff » Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:32 pm

I just installed these in all 4 tires this past weekend. What a pain, but highly worth it.

I used an air chisel wrapping the chisel end w/ a little duct tape and used it with an air pressure reducer set low enough that the chisel vibrated at just the right tempo as it rested against the valve stem to let the glass beads roll through the stem and into the tube. I ended up heating the end of the plastic hose so it fit more fully over the valve stem and didn't pop off (that makes a serious mess).

the vibration in the front end is now gone at 40mph.

I bought this 6 oz x 4 pkg:
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truth be told, I did forget to put air in the left rear before I took it for a test drive... :roll:
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Re: balancing beads

Post by SurfCityGene » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:25 pm

Here in SoCal the Dyna Beads seem to be easier to get, the CounterAct were 12 miles and a few bucks more in price than the Dyna Beads.

I did find Ceramic beads for tire balancing at Less that $$4.00. delivered Free in two days for 30 OZ!!! I almost ordered some In case I have another flat someday at that price!!!

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Re: balancing beads

Post by DHort » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:03 am

Do you have to use the valve covers they send?


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Re: balancing beads

Post by Tom Hicks » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:59 am

I think it best to use the included valve stems which will not get blocked by the beads, and the covers to let anyone who might let air out of the tire that balance beads are in it. You don't want the beads coming out, and you don't want anyone to add something like the green slime to patch a leak.
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Re: balancing beads

Post by RajoRacer » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:13 am

Valve cores, I agree but them are some hokey looking stem covers to install on a T !

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