Can You Put Too Many Balancing Beads in a Tire?

Can you put too many balancing beads in a tire? The short answer is yes. Our tire charts are 98% correct on the amount per tire size. There are many variations from one vehicle to another and one tire to another. If you have too little your tire, your vehicle may only balance to a certain speed but no further such as 60mph. With the proper amount of beads, speeds up to 80mph and higher are good. If you put too many beads in a tire it can cause problems such as bouncing, hopping or bad vibration. Another common question is, how much is too much? The answer to that is not as simple as we would like.

Too much in a large 37-in 4x4 tire that calls for 10oz, is different from a smaller 31-in tire that only calls for 5 oz. There are situations where you may need more beads than the chart calls for. An example would be a large off-road mud type tire that is normally balanced with 10oz, could need 12oz because of its aggressive nature. There are also situations where a top name brand tire balances with 10oz but an off-brand less expensive tire, needs significantly more. This situation occurs because the top brand companies produce tires to tighter specifications compared to the off-brand. Another example of when you may need more beads is with the use of bead lock style rims. This style Rim is much heavier than a normal rim and takes at least 2oz more to compensate for.

The answer to the question, can you put too many balancing beads in a tire? Is simply yes. The answer to the question, how much is too much? Is is not so easy to answer because every situation is different, depending on the vehicle, tire and wheel setup. Although the amounts on our charts are good 98% of the time, sometimes you may need more. We here at Checkered Flag Tire Beads will help advise each customer on a individual basis.
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