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Balancing Act

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 16,962

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. boldventure
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,766


    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!
  3. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 36,072


    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.
  4. Bodger45
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 357


    Thanks, I was just looking at their website last week. Glad to here they work.
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  5. Alex Yohnk
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 828

    Alex Yohnk

    poo cleaning makes you stronger.
  6. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,938


    TOLD YA TOLD YA, its Hot Rod Majic! Like in my earlier thread, i used #9 shot gun shot.
  7. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,248


    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?
  8. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,100

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Thanks for the link. I hated to see half a dozen weights on my freshly powder coated wheels, hope they come off OK.
  9. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,963


    That will be addressed in the thread that comes right after his obituary and the thread "Cochrans widow files lawsuit".
  10. TomT
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,890

    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    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!
  11. TomT
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,890

    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    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.
  12. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,211

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    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)
  13. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 908


    You can buy tiny plastic BB's from Walmart. They do the trick.
  14. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,300


    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.
  15. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,498

    from Hypocrisy

    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.
  16. Nerner
    Joined: Jul 2, 2005
    Posts: 70

    from New Jersey

    They have been working for me for the last 10 years.
  17. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 16,962

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I used this chart:
  18. Van Dutch
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 248

    Van Dutch

    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?
  19. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 16,962

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    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.
  20. Dave B.
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 204

    Dave B.

    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.
  21. 21tat
    Joined: Jun 8, 2006
    Posts: 830


    Ok, you got me. I've been reading about them too. I'll be giving them a try real soon. Unless I have grandchildren soon, don't think I'll be doing the kid poo thing though.
  22. red baron
    Joined: Jun 2, 2007
    Posts: 603

    red baron
    from o'side

    I would be curious about this as well. Also does the tire have to have tubes, I have tubeless bias plys on my 54 and would like to give it a try. Would I remove the weights that are already there too?
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2010
  23. MattStrube
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 1,056


    So can you completely get away from stick on weights with these things? Those things suck.
  24. jadeidol
    Joined: Jul 21, 2007
    Posts: 262

    from spokane

    I put some in my Phaeton over the weekend and love the new ride. I'm going to do the same to all of my cars!!!!!!!!
  25. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,536

    from Garner, NC

    Yes they work, do they balance the tire, at a constant speed they may, for the most part what they do is dampen the vibration. I'll use them in a situation that I can not balance the wheel/tire. But I'll still go for the balance first.
  26. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,536

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

    It could be worse, it could be that there were no beads and you had to put poo in the tires. I would bet that poop would work though. Can you see yourself trying to stick hamster terds in your tires, have the ol lady catch you doin something like that, she'd have grounds.
  27. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,770

    need louvers ?

    I got mine from So-Cal Phoenix about 5 years ago. They have worked wonders in my Radials ever since, and we're talking some serious speeds at times too. I did devise a better way to install them though - I went to the dollar store and bought a stack able funnel set for you guessed it 1$. In that set there is always a small funnel, and being made of cheap soft plastic, this guy will thread right over the cap end of the valve stem. Turn the wheel to the seven o clock position, and start filling slowly while gently shaking the funnel back and forth. You'd be amazed at how well and quickly this works. Just have a small chunk of .023 mig wire handy to poke through if it does clog, but by the time I did the last one, I had it down. There is no noise to speak of, but then again, you can hardly hear your self think in the Plymouth any way. So- Cal Phoenix has a chart to tell you what amount is necessary for what size wheel. These solved one major problem for me, which was rear wheels constantly out of balance. I have just enough horse power on tap, and am just a big enough squirrel that I would frequently spin the wheels inside the rear tires. Got old rebalancing the tires every time I did goofy stuff!
  28. But are they traditional? :D
  29. Big pappa
    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 14

    Big pappa
    from Moncton

    think of fluid harmonic balancer, they work the same way.
  30. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,211

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Yes, they are. I also remember years ago JCWhitney selling balancing rings that bolted in behind the wheels to do the same thing.

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