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Old 06-21-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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Every year or so, someone posts about "balancing beads" on the H.A.M.B. Typically, this post is followed by guys that swear by their magic and others who say there is no possible way that they could work. A couple of weeks ago, this scenario played i...

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Old 06-21-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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Years ago I had a set of General radials that vibrated no matter what anyone did. I found a shop that pumped in some blue goop, I don't remember what it was called, and it smoothed them out. Hadn't heard much about that kind of stuff for a while. What goes around comes around!
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:24 AM   #3
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Every year or so, someone posts about "balancing beads" on the H.A.M.B. Typically, this post is followed by guys that swear by their magic and others who say there is no possible way that they could work. A couple of weeks ago, this scenario played i...

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Ya know I have never known why that it works or even cared why it works. Just the fact that it works is good for me.

Glad it worked out for ya.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
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Thanks, I was just looking at their website last week. Glad to here they work.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:26 AM   #5
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:29 AM   #6
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TOLD YA TOLD YA, its Hot Rod Majic! Like in my earlier thread, i used #9 shot gun shot.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:32 AM   #7
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A timely thread - I saw an ad for these the other day, and as I have a set of 17" Firestones to mount shortly, I was wondering if these beads really worked. Surely there must be some downside to using them?
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:39 AM   #8
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Thanks for the link. I hated to see half a dozen weights on my freshly powder coated wheels, hope they come off OK.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:47 AM   #9
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I was wondering if these beads really worked. Surely there must be some downside to using them?
That will be addressed in the thread that comes right after his obituary and the thread "Cochrans widow files lawsuit".
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:00 AM   #10
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I've been using these for years in my 40 Ford coupe, Ryan, and they work and work real well. Yep, it's a pain to get them installed but once in, they do their magic!
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:02 AM   #11
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Ryan, how did you determine that you needed 4 ounces in each tire? You didn't add an ounce at a time and then test it did you?

I'm considering these beads for my car because I don't want to use wheel weights.
Just call the folks at Innovative Balancing and they will tell you how much you will need - make sure you get their applicator/installer - it does make life somewhat easier.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:07 AM   #12
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Basic physics, really. Any spinning body will try to balance itself out. I know they work, as does Slime gel, but I wonder if they eventually ruin the inside of the tire, rendering it unrepairable? (Chafing)
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:11 AM   #13
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You can buy tiny plastic BB's from Walmart. They do the trick.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:13 AM   #14
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You almost have to suck all the air out of the tube first....I sat on the tire and put the beads in as I let the tire back up, kinda gets a suction that way! Big pain in the ass but well worth it.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:15 AM   #15
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I got 'em sitting on my desk, I'm gonna put 'em in the slicks on the Packford this weekend, I'll report on the outcome.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:27 AM   #16
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They have been working for me for the last 10 years.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:35 AM   #17
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Ryan, how did you determine that you needed 4 ounces in each tire? You didn't add an ounce at a time and then test it did you?

I'm considering these beads for my car because I don't want to use wheel weights.
I used this chart:

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/Classicchart.htm
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:39 AM   #18
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Years ago there were roll-up balancers that spun the front wheel while it was still on the car and you could adjust the weight with a adapter that clipped on the wheel. Once in a while, Tires done on the computerized balancer wouldn't be right for some reason, but you could get them smoothed out on the floor balancer. Same principle. Centrifugal force finding it's own balance, and it balances the tire, wheel, and everything else spinning in there as a unit. But you still had to bang a lead weight on there.

This sounds pretty cool. Does it work on just bias ply with tubes or on everything?
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:48 AM   #19
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Thanks Ryan.

One more question for those of you who have used these beads At very low speeds like idle or slightly above, can you hear the beads rolling/bouncing/shifting around inside the tires? I would imagine it sounds a little like pouring sand.
When it was up on jack stands, I rolled the assembly and you could hear them in there... However, it wasn't loud. Once back on the car it doesn't make a difference... You can't hear shit over my flathead.
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:12 AM   #20
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Basic physics, really. Any spinning body will try to balance itself out. I know they work, as does Slime gel, but I wonder if they eventually ruin the inside of the tire, rendering it unrepairable? (Chafing)
Since they're round, I can't imagine that they'd do much harm. The folks I've known who used them all had tube-type tires, so I can't say for certain.

My buddy Ken runs them in his Model A. Made a world of difference in that car. We had it on the Interstate this weekend... no vibrations that I felt.
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