Counteract Tire Balancing Kit
Tricky to get in the tire, but seem to work once in...
Bought these beads to balance a set of Heidenau K60s on my Suzuki V-Strom. It was my first time changing tires on my own. So the beads seem to work well, tire has stayed balanced from zero to eighty or so mph. So the balancing job seems to work. Getting the beads in the tires is the trick. I'd recommend doing it with the tires off the bike. The instructions recommend some sort of vibration source to help the beads flow into the tire. I'd agree with that. I eventually got them in there, but I was using a manual vibration, tapping the tube. I'm not sure, but I'd used soapy water for my lubricant to mount the tires...that might have kept the beads from moving as readily as they might have without moisture. Over all, at this point I am happy. Of course in a few thousand? Well, we'll see!
November 17, 2014
You can't see em, but they're working
I used the beads to avoid having to balance my Karoo 3s and possibly rebalancing then as they wore down.
After 3000 mi. the balance is still good, the only vibration i get through the bike is due to the luggy tires, and zero "cupping" on the front.
The trick to the beads is a clean inner tire and rim so they can roll around unhindered.
If you or your tire guys fling that sticky/thick mounting compound into the tire as they/you apply it every single one of the beads will stick to it and make your tire out of balance.
That is why I did it my self using a dish soap/water solution, I found something that might work even better, but, sense I haven't tried it yet I can't endorse it.
Oh ya, tire sealants and sticky glued in plugs are out of the question, the Stop & go tubeless tire plugs should work fine, as they use no glue.
September 30, 2014
It just works
I was pleasantly surprised when I removed the old front tire to find the previous owner had also used these beads. With the tire on & bead set, it was pretty easy to get them in through the valve stem - just be patient & follow the instructions.
September 18, 2014
They get the job done, just don't spill them.
They work as advertised. I added them with a new set of tires. I no longer have any vibration when at or above highway speeds. Just be careful with them, I spilled about an ounce of them when opening one of the baggies. They go everywhere with no resistance, and are super slippery on a garage floor. I managed to collect most of them with some masking tape and a shop-vac. Kind of hoping I won't have any issues with them spilling out on the next tire change in a year or two.
September 15, 2014
Easy smooth cleaner look
Product works great easy to fill. Make sure tire and valve stem in clean and dry. Try pour in slowly so not to clog. Also I repeatedly squeezed the tire in the center softest spot. This helped move the beads in. No issues with air loss or stem leakage. I recommend this as opposed to the outer weights. Will use agian on next set of tires soon! REVZILLA REDLINE FAST SHIPPING!
July 28, 2014
Here's the trick to installing
I can't comment on how these balance, because honestly, I can't really tell. However, there is a trick to installing these while the tire is already mounted. The other reviewer is correct in that that tube will immediately clog if you allow it to fill up.
The trick is to cut the hole in the bottle small enough and hold it at and angle so that the tube doesn't fill up when pouring the beads in. You would rather have the tip of the bottle clog, then tapping the stem with a screwdriver to allow a very slow stream of beads into the tube, then into the stem. This way it will not clog the stem.
I tried with much frustration and almost gave up before figuring this out.
June 3, 2014
Just what i needed.
Wanted a clean look on my wheels. this provided what I needed.
March 26, 2014
Used these for the first time and the bike rides smooth as glass. It's a little tricky keeping them all in the tire during the mounting process, I lost a few in the back tire (front was cake). But then again it was my first time working with them so it should be easier next time.
I haven't tried putting them in the tire using the filler valve, but I may add another ounce to the back tire at some point using this method. From I've read you need something to vibrate the valve stem.
Will definitely get these for my next tire change.
October 24, 2013