How Tire Balance Beads Work
At a speed of 60 miles per hour the tire revolutions per mile would be an average of 550 revolutions per minute. As a result of centrifugal force, the 6 oz. out of balance, or what is commonly referred to as the “heavy spot”, will multiply itself to 60 pounds. As the suspension of the vehicle only allows for vertical motion, the 60 pounds of centrifugal force will compress upwards and downwards on the suspension 550 times per minute, which can be reinterpreted as 1100 shock waves.
Vibration is maximized when the resonating combined force of the rebound and the out of balance centrifugal force are aligned and working with reflex frequency of the suspension in unison at highway speeds; this dribbling effect sufficiently multiplies up and down forces so as to result in the tire bouncing off the road surface. This also explains why vibration is felt only at certain speeds, and why it can be exaggerated or reduced after hitting a bump. This effect can only be eliminated by altering speed (i.e. separating the out of balance and rebound force frequencies), or by balancing the tires and wheel assembly.
This product is environmentally friendly and will not react to any known chemicals. These unique characteristics result in providing the best of both worlds, the mechanical fixed weight balancing of tires and the automatic adjustment of internal balancing agents.
- The Tire Balance Beads DO NOT work with all tire sizes. If you do not see your tire size on the charts please contact us before you purchase.
- If you are using PVC sewer pipe inside your tires as some sort of bead lock / run-flat….DO NOT use the tire beads.
- If you see your tire size under “Trailer Tires” DO NOT think balance beads will be fine with your small car….
Please call us and we will be glad to talk to you about how they work…..928-255-5540
Hello Folks, Greg Arend here with Checkered Flag Tires again. Today I want to explain to you in the most basic of terms how the tire balancebeads work. I don’t want to get into copy right issues over fancy illustrations or fancy animations okay. It’s just not worth my time. What I will do is take my little Sharpie and I’m going to do it in a very simple manner that hopefully nobody will have any issues with okay. Let’s cross our fingers, here we go. Sharpie, paper, when the tire beads start to move and we’re under 30 miles an hour that’s kind of a rule of thumb, a generality. Sometimes the tire balance beads start to work a little sooner or sometimes they start to work a little later than 30mph. It depends on the car, the tire, the balance situation the whole thing but under 30mph the beads are going to spread around the tire nice and evenly okay. You’re not going to hear this, you’re not going to feel this you don’t have to worry about that. I get a lot of questions all the time about, hey am I going to hear these beads and the answer no you’re not going to hear them. Over 30 mph the heavy spot moves up faster and harder with more Force than the rest of the tire of course which creates the vibration okay. The tire beads resist this vibration and start to move away from it okay. What you end up with is this, the tire beads move to a point opposite the heavy spot, no vibration. That’s it and when the vehicle comes to a stop the balance beads fall wherever they are and the process starts all over again, every time you leave a stop sign or stop light okay. Not a big deal, anyway that is explained in like I say the most simplest of terms. There is a mathematical equation out there that’s huge, it was like a paragraph long I won’t even try to explain it because I’m not a mathematician. So I’m just going to leave it at what I just showed you and hopefully that’ll work for you and if it doesn’t, that’s fine, give me a call, email me, it’s alright. I’m here and I’m ready to talk. All right folks that’s it for this short little explanation of Tire Balance Beads, you guys have a great day.
Frequently Asked Question:
Will the product react to any known materials?
No, Our Balancing Beads will not react with any known metal or material.
Is the product affected by moisture?
No, Ambient moisture does not affect the product’s performance once the product is loaded and used in the tire, because the relative humidity inside the tire decreases after the tire heats up during normal operation and use.
Do They Clump?
How do I remove the product from the tire?
Our product is easily removed simply by striking the tire with a tire iron several times along the tread. This will cause the material to fall to the bottom of the tire where it can be scooped or vacuumed out.
Do you need a valve filter to prevent the valve from clogging?
Valve clogging is not a common problem with our product. We remove all dust from the material after manufacturing, as dust is the cause of valve clogging. However, to reduce the possibility of a valve leak, we recommend the use of a long valve core and self sealing valve cap.
Can you balance a tire with beads inside on a tire balancer?
No. The Tire Balancing Beads will only move to the balanced position through inertia which is generated by the out of balance condition and the up and down motion of the vehicle suspension while counteracting the out of balance condition.
What about when rotating tires?
Rotation is not an issue. Just rotate your tires as needed. Tire Beads balance the complete wheel assembly including the rotors, break drum and other wheel components every time you drive..
Advantages over Lead Weight Machine Balancing
- Tire Balancing Beads balance for the complete life of the tire because they can adjust to the balanced position as required… something lead weights are unable to do.
- Tire Balancing Beads balance the complete wheel assembly in all wheel positions on both truck and trailer and do so economically.
- Tire Beads are protected from road hazards and obstructions, inside the tire and will not fall off as lead weights can do, thus saving the environment from the problems caused by lead.
- Lead weights can damage custom wheels as well as being unattractive. Counteract is an internal balancing system and therefore is invisible.