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that is very interesting, i knew there was something similar...BB's is easy to find..

Could the pellets damage the interior tire casing?

Some tires have a sticky inner casing that may retard leakage in the event of a puncture.

Also, many tires using common gas station air tend to accumulate moisture/water inside the tire and I wonder how that would affect the pellets.

I have unmounted my fair share of tires from rims and occasionally notice lots of pellets that are really formed from dirt or rubber detrius - do you think these inadvertently contribute to tire balance? lol

Please share if this works and whether it is a noisy process at low speeds!

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The beads that are sold for this pupose are ceramic. I don't think any old BB's will do. The two sources that are listed in the air-cooled DIY article are larger than what you'll be able to pour into the valve stem tube. They would need to be placed inside the tire before inflation. I'm still looking for a source for the very small beads that are in the kits. They need to be free to roll around quietly. Once the centrigual force groups them together, they stay in place.

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that is very interesting, i knew there was something similar...BB's is easy to find..

Could the pellets damage the interior tire casing?

Some tires have a sticky inner casing that may retard leakage in the event of a puncture.

Also, many tires using common gas station air tend to accumulate moisture/water inside the tire and I wonder how that would affect the pellets.

I have unmounted my fair share of tires from rims and occasionally notice lots of pellets that are really formed from dirt or rubber detrius - do you think these inadvertently contribute to tire balance? lol

Please share if this works and whether it is a noisy process at low speeds!

this application is not suitable for all situations i would say...if you read all the documents it says the pellets they use doesnt rust.

The usage of such balancing techniques is often due to extreme situations where it is impossible to correct unbalance, for all kind of good and bad reasons (lazy, unexperienced mechanic, tire out of round,...)

i removed myself tons of tires from rims too, in my younger years...yes you often find some black pellets, which might be tire mounting compound that rolled all those years...if you think about it, the tires rubs mad against the road, while the pellets barely rolls in the inner side of the tire...would it damage it...much less than the damage/wear of the tire itself caused by the road.

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i never heard of it but throught the day have read several user forums and other links and see no down side...it seems to be and easy, inexpensive and a DIY alternative to the cost of weight balancing

i just ordered a kit that allows you to pour the beads thru the valve stem and am going to give it a try

one guy used plastic BB's like you can buy at walmart for cheap with good results

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I have pondered this for a while.

All things being equal, if you knew the weight necessary to balance the assembly, you could use water, silicone, heavy oil, or any number of substances (grease with low melting point?)other than bb's to achieve the same "balance." Ignoring, for the moment, that some of these substances might be incompatible with rubber, the tire would act like a glorified rock tumbler, and most substances would eventually become pulverized and serve the same purpose as the BB's. Heck, you could theoretically place small lead weights in the inner carcass and they might eventually work themselves into bb's or lead pellets. But back to the first notion: fluid or gel, why wouldn't it work too, and if so, is anyone advocating it's use?

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