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    Balance Beads in New Imagine Tires

    We just purchased a new Imagine XLS 22MLE, and discovered that the Goodyear Endurance tires have balance beads in them. I have not read anything in the brochure about that. Is that a new thing, or have they been installed in camper tires for a while, and I just haven't kept up with trends ?? Our salesman didn't even know about it.
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    The popularity of the balance beads comes and goes. Some people pooh-pooh them and some people swear by them. I never thought much of them, but now I can't say too much because I'm running a set of CentraMatics on my trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnGuy View Post
    We just purchased a new Imagine XLS 22MLE, and discovered that the Goodyear Endurance tires have balance beads in them. I have not read anything in the brochure about that. Is that a new thing, or have they been installed in camper tires for a while, and I just haven't kept up with trends ?? Our salesman didn't even know about it.
    Are you sure they are from factory?

    I have not heard about that at all...
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    How did you know they had the balance beads?
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    Neither of our Imagine trailers had balance beads (2022 and 2023), can't speak to 2024 of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntr70 View Post
    Are you sure they are from factory?

    I have not heard about that at all...
    Not sure it was from the factory, and definitely not sure if you hadn't heard of that. Our unit was built 3/6/24. We bought from a chain dealership (sorry Steve, but 100 miles away is better than 200+) near Richmond......but not Camping World. The Certificate of Origin showed the chain name, but I think the address was Florida. This is Michigan based company, so don't know if they do that for tax purposes or what.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopy Frood View Post
    How did you know they had the balance beads?
    1 of the 1st things I do to a new camper is to balance the tires and get better valve stems installed to support the TPMS sensors. When the tire guy went to computer balance the tire, it was giving him all sorts of weird readings. Then he heard the beads rolling around. I heard them when I rolled my 1st tire to the truck, but didn't know what it was. All 4 tires had the beads, but I haven't checked the spare yet.
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    Yeah, I have heard you can't balance the tires if they have beads. Not exactly sure why, but there's a "scientific" explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopy Frood View Post
    Yeah, I have heard you can't balance the tires if they have beads. Not exactly sure why, but there's a "scientific" explanation.
    The balance beads were a big thing for motorcycle tires years ago.....I've never been a fan. I mount and balance my own MC tires using a static balancer and I can normally get them to almost perfect balance....think 1 or possibly two 1/4 oz weights. I've done several over the years that ended up with zero weights, but that just takes a bit more time.
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    Yeah, I change and balance my own motorcycle tires too. I was exasperated when I had an issue getting lead weights. I didn't like the zinc ones, and finally found a supply of lead weights. You can't cut those zinc weights in two for 1/8 ounce pieces. I have enough to last several lifetime, of several people!!
    Last edited by Hoopy Frood; 05-22-2024 at 03:36 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xrated View Post
    The balance beads were a big thing for motorcycle tires years ago.....I've never been a fan. I mount and balance my own MC tires using a static balancer and I can normally get them to almost perfect balance....think 1 or possibly two 1/4 oz weights. I've done several over the years that ended up with zero weights, but that just takes a bit more time.
    Tried the beads on my bike, never again. Had a slow leak after about 4K miles, and found the beads had worked there way in-between the tire and rim, but not all the way to the rim bead area. Took some time cleaning the bead debris.

    For truck tires, I have had several different shops say they will not use the balance beads.
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