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General 4x4 Discussion General discussion and questions that would apply to all makes.

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:55 AM
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Tire balance beads

Who uses em, who likes em, who hates em, who doesnt even know what they are?
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:03 AM
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going to put some serious thought into them when i mount my beadlocks
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waste of time, i didnt run them on my beadlocks and i never had any issues at all, if you got a front end wobble with mud tires, get a alignment and fix your front end,
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i run beadlocked 20's with 40s... shit glides nice..
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I have installed them in many things over the years, and several styles. I would say they work 50% or less of the time. Don't know why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Just that I would never do it. They are pain if you get a flat and things like that.
Like Nick said, "usually" if you have a bad shake there is a reason. Not sure about home built bead locks, but at least on the ones I had ( although I never balanced them, never needed to) Allied you can balance with hammer on weights on the inside, and if they are deep enough dish if you care to, you add stick on weights on the outside.
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I have installed them in many things over the years, and several styles. I would say they work 50% or less of the time. Don't know why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Just that I would never do it. They are pain if you get a flat and things like that.
Like Nick said, "usually" if you have a bad shake there is a reason. Not sure about home built bead locks, but at least on the ones I had ( although I never balanced them, never needed to) Allied you can balance with hammer on weights on the inside, and if they are deep enough dish if you care to, you add stick on weights on the outside.





and if you air down your tires the beads can fly out or clog up the valve and then the valve leeks...
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i had weld on homemade beadlocks, no weight on them at all and they were totally fine,
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I personally love em for my street weekend wheeler, tires always stay balanced no matter what i hit in the bush.

used em for the first time when i got a set of old 35's on 16.5 rims, driving the truck was like sitting in a vibrator the ladies loved it though. The balancer said was gonna take like 18 ounces to balance they tossed in a bag and i couldn't believe how smooth the truck rolled after that. mud would fill the rim and they stay balanced.

my current truck has em on worn out m55 toyos, rotors are warped to shit it rolls perfectly smooth, and when i step on brake a quick shake then they adjust and it brakes smooth.

I wont ever use lead weights again.
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I have them, been running them for years.
They make no difference in a swamper if they are cold.
I can run my rig at 100k and no vibes, wobbles or anything.

I have 14 oz of airsoft pellets in each tire.
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The real thing is too expensive. I first tried golf balls in my 38.5" SX's, and they worked great. Just kinda noisy when slowing down.
I now use airsoft pellets in my 38" SX's on recentered Hummer rims. Works pretty good, considering the wheels aren't even round.

They aren't 100%, but work better than nothing. I've always found stick-on weights, or clip on weights get knocked off far too easily. Not to mention the tire slowly walks around the rim, especially if you air down often. Then your stick-on and clip on weights are in the wrong spot anyways.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:14 PM
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my 37s and bead locks are ride nicer than my dd and they will never see A balancing
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I got em in my work truck and no balance issues at all in about 40K... I would use them again with my next tires.
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