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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2007, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used any of those little ceramic beadlets in your tires to keep them in constant balance. I ran across these on E-Bay. They advertise that you have your new tire balanced as usual, as your tire wears it also begins to slowly go out of the original balance since it was newly installed. These little ceramic beadlets are inserted through the valve stem after the valve core is removed, replaced valve core after insertung beads and fill with air. I use 30 lbs. in the front and rear. One ounce of ceramic beadlets for the front and two ounces for the back tire. Centrifugal force causes the beadlets to go where the balancing is needed when the tire is in motion. They advertise that this does not harm the inside of the tire in any way and thus give you a perfectly balanced tire at all times, up until you replace it when it wears out. I have not purchased any, but I sure would like to give it try after I install a new front tire sometime soon. Appreciate any feedback on this if anyone has heard of them or actually tried them. Thanks.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2007, 07:50 PM
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I have not heard of or used them in motorcycle tires, but this is pretty common for large off-road tires that are too big for normal balance machines. Several friends have used them with success. You can use AirSoft pellets which you can buy at Walmart to save money. Some of the really big 4X4 tires use golf balls!

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If you use "Ride On" it will do the same thing and protect you from flat tires

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i think i would go with the "Ride-on" and skip the golf ball thing!
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Check out this web site for information on the tire balance ceramic beads. I just ordered some for my bike. www.innovativebalancing.com/motorcycle.htm The beadlets for motorcycle tires are real small and they are poured in through the valve stem after removinbg the valve core. I also ordered two new filtered valve stems and special applicator as recomended by the company. Check the web site out for yourself, lots of information. May be the best thing you ever did for extending tire life and have the smoothest ride ever. I'm still going to have the dealer balance my new front tire when it is installed, then I will add the beadlets for continued balance as the tire wears. It all makes sense to me.
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Umm... as stated before, ride-on does the same thing and has the added benefit of sealing punctures should they occur. Not saying that the beads won't work... just saying that the ride-on seems like a better deal...

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One thing I'd be slightly concerned about is, ceramic material is HARD. I would think they'd (slowly maybe, but never the less...) work on the wheel like a sand blaster.


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I gotta defend the beads here. If you use the plastic coated AirSoft pellets they are not abrasive. Have you seen the inside of a tire which has had any kind of fix-a-flat in it? Its a mess! (I admit I am not familiar with Ride-On.) And if you don't like the beads they are easily removable.

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Has anyone gone on to research the product ( Balance beadlets ) on the www.innovativebalancing.com web site? It seems like some people are giving opinions on products they have not bothered to research. If I get a nail in my tire I'm sure not going to depend on a gooey slime inside my tire to seal it up. I will have a new tire installed, I will never patch a motorcycle tire, it is not a reliable fix for a damaged bike tire. I would like to see the look on a dealer tech when he take off a tire with the goop inside making a royal mess to clean up before installing a new tire. Ceramic balance beadlets are non abrasive and will not harm anything, many bikers are already using them. I'll let you guys know how mine work out when I install them on my new front tire sometime soon. Lets have an open mind and not gang up on somebody who suggests we look into a new product to help us ride better. Thats all I got to say.
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