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post #1 of 78 Old 04-12-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Tire balancing beads/goos

I'm new to these dynamic balancing beads/goos...

Would seem to me that they would work ok for travel at constant speed, but your tires would be inherently out-of-balance during acceleration/deceleration until the beads have a chance to orient themselves during steady state operation.

Since we accelerate and decelerate a lot on motorcycles, and can be most dependent on properly balanced tires to brake smoothly, I'm not inclined to trust these products.

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Most of the goo is viscous enough to stay put during accel/deccel.

Really it works well. I like to balance my rims temporarily then the tire with tape weights.
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When the tire's rotational speed is slow enough that the beads or goo are not evenly dispersed by centrifugal force I would think that balance is not a significant factor. IIRC, dirt bike tires are not balanced when installed because they do not normally reach speeds where it matters.

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But Mike, the beads balance the tire by not being evenly distributed by centrifugal force. If they were evenly distributed, the tire would be just as out-of-balance as it was without them.

Under acceleration (or deceleration) the beads will roll around the inside of the wheel and need to redistribute when the speed levels out...

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But Mike, the beads balance the tire by not being evenly distributed by centrifugal force. If they were evenly distributed, the tire would be just as out-of-balance as it was without them.
Hmmmm....good point. The answer may lie in the Mayan calendar.:mrgreen:

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I have not balanced a motorcycle tire for years. At least 20 sets. I get the same mileage as average, same wear patterns everyone talks about. I don't have any vibrations that feel like they are from tires/wheels.

I say this because it is my opinion that "balancing" is more to make up for a slightly out of round tire than 1/2 ounce of weight difference. If balancing for weight differences was so important, why don't we need to balance a tire every 1500 miles as rubber ( weight ) wears off it?

If I should ever feel a vibration from a tire, I won't be worried about it being out of balance. I'll worry about something being improperly manufactured. A defect is just that and I don't want to add weight to "fix" that.

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Try anal beads...then every bike you ride is automatically balanced.....


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I'm new to these dynamic balancing beads/goos...

Would seem to me that they would work ok for travel at constant speed, but your tires would be inherently out-of-balance during acceleration/deceleration until the beads have a chance to orient themselves during steady state operation.

Since we accelerate and decelerate a lot on motorcycles, and can be most dependent on properly balanced tires to brake smoothly, I'm not inclined to trust these products.

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You're right. They don't work; not even at constant speed.
At best, they collect in the hollows of the tire's insides, and at worst, the wear the carcass from the inside.
If they really were a good solution, wheel weights would be obsolete.

Peopel will argue that they do work, but the fact is that most people can't tell an out of balance tire until you take the oil out of their forks.
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I was a little dubious about these beads until I saw the Duck's post. Now I'm more inclined to think they DO work as advertised, keeping in mind the Duck's hard-earned reputation for uninformed opinion.:mrgreen:

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