Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA
Re: Tire Balancing
Amazing. Dyna Beads work just fine. I've been using them for years and wouldn't go back to wheel weights if you gave me free tires.
For one thing, they practically eliminate the front wheel shimmy at 20 to 30 mph, which weights won't do. I've experienced it both ways and prefer the feel of beads. Naturally, tire pressure needs to be maintained to get effective performance from any tire.
Yes, they can fall into the valve stem so check your tire pressure when the valve isn't at the 6 o'clock position (Duh!)
Also, I've run Metzeler and Bridgestone and have never seen interior rubber erosion caused by beads. They're very light, ceramic, round, and don't work well as an abrasive. Any dealer who says differently is just trying to sell a superfluous wheel balancing service.
In my lifetime, I've noticed that most people's opinions (especially sales people) are based on money, urban myth and superstition instead of actual experience.
If someone states their opinion, okay, that's their perception of things, no problem. But if they try to change my mind or sell me something then I want to know about their personal experiences to know whether that opinion is worth listening to.