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Balancing beads vs. Weights?

So I recently replaced my front tire with Dunlop Elite 4"s. I opted to go with balancing beads because I heard great things about them. My back tire hasn't been changed yet as there still lots of life on it as I have a metzeler Marathon 888 with regular balancing weights on it.
Personally, I feel no different with the balancing beads but I wanted some of you to weigh in if this is the better option to go? Some of told me I should be getting longer Tire life and others even claimed that I should notice better performance.
So if anyone can chime in the pros and cons or long-term benefits it'll be greatly appreciated.
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I have used them in my last (5) tires and am very happy with them. Bike runs fine and I don't have marks or sticky magnets on my rims. I will keep using them. Note, some shops wont use them and others will.

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Never tried beads. My Metz rear wears out too fast as is...
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I had been using the beads...but found out they were clumping due to water in my compressor air...so last tire was weights and there chrome so no biggie...good luck
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So I recently replaced my front tire with Dunlop Elite 4"s. I opted to go with balancing beads because I heard great things about them. My back tire hasn't been changed yet as there still lots of life on it as I have a metzeler Marathon 888 with regular balancing weights on it.
Personally, I feel no different with the balancing beads but I wanted some of you to weigh in if this is the better option to go? Some of told me I should be getting longer Tire life and others even claimed that I should notice better performance.
So if anyone can chime in the pros and cons or long-term benefits it'll be greatly appreciated.


Keep us informed on Dunlop Elite 4 as I am thinking of them for the next set to get me to the Sturgis 80th and back.
I am using balance beads in my front Avon Cobra's for the first time but did really notice a difference from weights accept no crappy weights on the rim! We will see what I get for mileage.
Using Ride-On Tire Balancer & Sealant in the rear Cobra (seems to work fine) but I am finding the last couple of Cobra's (on the rear) just are not getting the mileage I am used to, that's why I have an interest in the Elite 4!
I never had very good mileage out the Metzler's on the VTX, cupped badly on the rear and not that great on mileage either.


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+1 on the Ride-On. Internal balancing and flat insurance in a bottle. I have the Elite 4, for a year or more now, but less than 2K on it due to wet weather last year, and having knee replacement this spring. I'm now able to ride, but getting strength back in the joint has left me catching up to home maintenance and less than 100 mi. on the bike so far this year.
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+1 on the Ride-On. Internal balancing and flat insurance in a bottle.
I agree with Ranger. I used the beads on my first replacement tires with no external weights and had no problems. I decided to try Ride-On on the next set for the possible sealing benefit and luckily I have so far not needed that property. The ride is smooth as silk, no vibration.
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I'm a HUGE fan of Ride-On
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Personally, I feel no different with the balancing beads but I wanted some of you to weigh in if this is the better option to go? Some of told me I should be getting longer Tire life and others even claimed that I should notice better performance.
That's O. K. You should not, unless there was a problem with weight balanced wheel.
Longer tire life? Don't think so. Better performance? What kind?
BTW, beads will keep your wheels balance for the entire life of the tire, weights won't.


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Ride-on... I will always use this on my motorcycles, and probably even my trailers.

I think it saved me when I had a blowout at 65-70 mph. It gave me enough time to safely pull over before it started leaking. One of the Rideon VPs said if I had kept riding it would have probably held until I got home, but said I did the safe responsible thing and stopped.

Once I stopped it started leaking.




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