Improperly balanced tires and wheels can harm fuel economy and result in uneven tire wear that prematurely consigns thousands of tires to the scrap pile. Imbalanced tires and wheels are also responsible for increased wear and tear on other vehicle components.

Though it presents a big problem, the solution is simple; investing in tire balancing beads can offer drivers the opportunity to prolong their tires’ lives and make for a smoother ride. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about balancing beads.

What Are Balancing Beads?

Balancing beads, when easily installed, continuously balance your tires as you drive. The amount of material will distribute itself in weight and position depending on the individual tire’s balance requirements. 

As the centrifugal force increases, the heavy spot pulls up and down on the suspension, the beads are centered ensuring wheel balance. The result is a smooth, vibration-free ride.

How ABC’s Beads Work

Wheel balance is achieved when both the wheel’s angular momentum is mostly consistent with travel direction. The center of the wheel/tire assembly is located in the geometric center of the assembly. By increasing the wheel’s rotating mass, you dramatically increase the amount of force needed to create a momentum imbalance.

Traditional spin balancing beads only balance the tire and wheel, but ABC’s balancing beads balance the entire wheel assembly, including every part of the wheel assembly. ABC uses a memory technology that keeps our beads balanced in your vehicle’s tires, even when you’re at a full stop.

How Many Beads Should You Install?

In terms of quantity, different size tires require different amounts of balancing beads; size is determined by the tire width, aspect ratio/series, and rim size. 

For example, light trucks weighing around 6,000 lbs or less with a rim size of 14 require 4 oz of weight in balancing beads. Heavy-duty trucks and buses weighing 26,001 to 33,000 lbs with a rim size of 19.5 need 8 oz to 14 oz of weight depending on the tire’s size.

A Permanent Balancing Solution 

Out of balance tires can negatively toll any vehicle, the fuel efficiency, and the tire themselves. At ABC Balancing Beads, we offer a permanent balancing solution with our tire balancing beads. ABC Balancing Beads are the best overall method of balancing tires and complete wheel assemblies.