Do you guys ever wonder why there is so much discrepancy with balance media?
I think there are several things at play.
1) Beads are less effective at balancing the inside or outside edges of the wheel assembly (because they ride along in the center of the tire width. Wheel/tire assemblies that are heavily out-of-balance on the extreme inside or outside have issues with beads. Traditional wheel weights can be applied inboard out outboard as necessary.
2) Beads are dynamic. At some speeds it's possible for the tire to remain in an unbalanced state until enough force is applied to get the beads to distribute. For me this is around 45-50 with my 37 MTR's. Speeds under that and there is not enough force to feel the vibrations, and at higher speeds. the beads begin to work better. Anyone who does a significant amount of driving in this "Goldilocks zone" would conclude that they don't work very well.
3) People who switch to beads from regular weights are typically trying to solve a tricky balancing problem. It might just be that the tire/wheel is too far out of spec to balance properly.
4) Some tires and/or wheels are just not round. No amount of beads or stick on weights will balance an out-of-round wheel assembly.
For me, the nearest tire shop is a hundred miles from here. I like to be able to mount and balance my own tires. The beads help with this as I do not need a spin machine. Although, I'm looking at getting a cheap bubble-balancer to get them closer to balanced before using the beads.
That's my take anyway. It may or may not be worth 2 cents.
'76 CJ-7, '43 CJ-2a, '78 Bronco,'78 CJ-7, '75 CJ-5, '78 CJ-7, '80 CJ-7, '78 SJ, '79 SJ, '78 and a '76 FJ-40 , '90 XJ, '91 XJ, '86 CJ-7, '95 ZJ, '68 CJ-101 Commando, '00 TJ, '68 M-715, 2 '86 Military Blazers, '96 LR Discovery, '86 CJ-7, '91 YJ, '99 TJ, 07' JKU Rubi, 1988 YJ, 1973 Commando, 3 Diesel Excursions....
Now back to a 2013 JKU Rubicon with "stuff", planning 37's with minimal lift.
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