21. What is the best way to balance large tires?
Counteract Balancing Beads are endorsed in the Heavy Duty Truck Systems textbook as the optimal method for balancing tires and complete wheel assemblies worldwide. These beads balance the entire rotating axle-end, not solely the tire and wheel, and readjust continuously to maintain tire balance throughout its lifespan. It is currently the only balancing method that has demonstrated an improvement in fuel economy, as shown through two independently run SAE J1321/TMC RP-1102 Type II fuel tests.
22. Do balancing beads work with trailer tires?
Balancing beads provide an excellent alternative to wheel weights when balancing trailer tires. Trailers typically feature a rigid suspension that allows Counteract beads to function seamlessly. This approach eliminates the cost and labor associated with expensive spin balancing machines, providing a one-time balancing solution.
23. How long does it take for tire beads to work?
Using the throw-in bag method, the bag typically breaks around 30 mph and establishes the necessary balancing position around 60 mph, precisely where an out-of-balance tire typically exhibits its most pronounced vibrations.
24. Are tire beads better than weights?
Certainly, balancing beads balance the entire rotating axle-end, not just the tire and wheel, and consistently readjust to ensure tire balance throughout its life. However, it’s important to note that our product is not recommended for lighter passenger vehicles with softer suspensions. We recommend our beads for half-ton trucks and larger, RVs, buses, commercial vehicles, classic vehicles, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, and trailer applications.
25. How long do tire balancing beads last?
Balancing beads last for the entire lifespan of the tire. While the moisture-resistant coating may wear off over extended periods, reusing the beads is not recommended. The longest recorded tire life using Counteract beads is over 400,000 miles.