Wheel balancing

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 18:58
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gday all , just after your opinions on wheel balancing compounds , we had bloke come to our club on thursday trying to sell us the "magnum tyre balancing comound" basically if your not familiar it a gritty powder type substance that you put inside your wheel , and magically you never have to balance your tyres again , it was just over 100 dollars for five bags one per tyre , any body using it and what do you think
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Reply By: Member - Stuart W (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:07

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:07
Did he tell you how it worked. I'd have thought that anything floating around in your tube/tyre would congregate in the heaviest area making it heavier
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Follow Up By: AG10 - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:11

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:11
yes he did explain about it all , the website is www.autobalance.com.au gave us a handout etc all to do with centrifical force
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Reply By: Member - Nev (TAS) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:14

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:14
Hi there,
never heard of it before but here is the site that explains??? it all


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Reply By: Members-Neil & Margie-Cairns - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:25

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:25
Evening all , i use the same stuff in the steer tyres of the truck at $ 12 a bag for the 1100R22'5 , the one i use is called EQUAL , this stuff he is trying to sell seems to be a tad dear to me ,, by the way ,, it works well !!

All the best ,, Neil ..

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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:18

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:18
100% agree on both counts.

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Reply By: traveller2 - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:59

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:59
I've used it on 37" tyres with some success.
It is no replacement for getting the wheels balanced properly first, it will only correct small imbalances.
If you regularly deflate your tyres (which you should if 4wding) then you will have problems with it sticking in the valves, despite the manufacturer supplying valves with 'filters' to fit when using the balancing compound.
It also clogs up the tyres deflators, if using the ARB style that removes the valve then you might have to watch your balancing compound flying out during deflation.
Repairing/patching tyres are a bugger as the powder coats the inside of the tyre preventing the gluse from sticking. Basically to patch the inside of a tyre the tyre has to pulled off the rim and cleaned/vacuumed to get it clean before repairs. I found I had to vacuum the powder out then physically wipe the inside of the tyre before repairs could be made.
Bit hard to do on the side of the road.
In a nutshell it does work BUT there are more negatives than positives and I've removed it all and put it in the bin.
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Reply By: KSV. - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 15:04

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 15:04
Fail to see any physics behind this stuff – with same success one can explore old urban myth that putting water inside tyers will automatically balance them. It potentially can fix only small imperfection of tyre itself (i.e. thicker rubber in one place and thinner in another). And I fail to see altogether how it can fix disbalance of disk itself. I would rather balance for $5/tyre when I need. And in fact many installer can do balancing for free for tyre life so why bother?

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