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Anyone use antifreeze to balnce their big tires?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DPI, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. DPI

    DPI 1/2 ton status

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    I read on another board where I guy used it. Said it did not cause any issues. It won't rust, won't freeze, and you can tell when you have a leak.
    Can anyone come up with a reason not to use it?
     
  2. laketex

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    weight maybe??? how much are you planning on putting in???

    I know back home, they used antifreeze water in tractor tires to create weight for off camber situations. Never heard of it as a balancing solution. However, i hear bb's and golf balls work well.
     
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    i hear bb's and golf balls work well

    /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif I dont get this theory?? How is it supposed to work? Does it really work? Who has/ is using this method? Is it just a hoax?
     
  4. DPI

    DPI 1/2 ton status

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    Not sure about the amount. I don't think you would need much.

    What a gallon of H2O = 8 lbs. Not sure if anitfreeze has the same weight, but for this purpose it does. A half pint of antifreeze would equal 8 oz. of weight. Soooo, it wouldn't take much.

    It would be better to have to much than not enough, I think. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Yeah i've heard of the other stuff too. Everything from bbs to mouse balls. Just not sure if the noise is acceptable or if those non-liquid items will cause damage to the wheel or tire?
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    It works w/ centrifical force, OTR trucks have a ring full of shot that does the same thing. They used to be avalibale for light duty trucks (1 ton and under) but were expensive and didn't sell well. Last time I checked they are no longer for sale.
     
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    Anybody heard of that sand-like tire balancing stuff? Whats it called? How much does it cost? Thanks.

    Evan
     
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    The sand stuff is called equal or at lest thats one brand. When I bought my 39.5 Boggers last year from 4WPH I did the cash and carie thing and the counter guy offerd to throw it in for free if I brought White Trash(my blazer) to them to park out in front of there store for the day. But I never got around to it. They said it works great. As for the antifreez it would help some with center of gravity but what about the gyro efect on stoping
     
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    one of the products is called Eqaul its a polymer powder. The same type of product is labeled by other manufactures. It should be available through tire places, and off road shops. it costs around 8 bucks a tire.
     
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    Anybody heard of that sand-like tire balancing stuff? Whats it called? How much does it cost? Thanks.

    Evan

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    its called equal and i run it in my 38x13x16 in tsl swampers and it works great /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif it runnes about $8 per tire
     
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    They put Equal in my tires and I don't think it works that great... well if it does I'd hate to see how bad the tires were in the first place. I'm running new 38.5x16-16.5's and anything over 30mph is extremely rough.
     
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    I know back home, they used antifreeze water in tractor tires to create weight for off camber situations. Never heard of it as a balancing solution

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    we have "loaded" tires on our tractors- its liquid chloride that's in them....we do have a problem with it eating the valve stems though- about once a year they have to be taken back to the shop and have them replaced and then reloaded...normally its only done on the rear tires- as a counterweight for the front of the tractor when a big piece of equipment is attached to the front...my tractor has them- cause of the snowthrower..

    Brandy
     
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    do you know how many ounces they used in each tire? sounds like they didn't use enought in yours. The bigger and heavier the tire the more thier supposed to add.
     
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    I have no idea. I was going to take them to another shop to see if they could balance them any better. Also.. are they supposed to use wheel weights with the equal? Because I have a ton of weights as well.
     
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    Don't confuse liquid measurement with that of a solid, they do not weigh the same. 8 fluid ounces DOES NOT weigh 8 onces.
     
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    Hmm... so I could probably remove the lead weights and maybe that would make a difference in the ride.

    That was an excellent page.. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Putting in a liquid in the tire will help. I came home from Daytona to find my old rig sitting on the rim. 4 cans of Fix-A-Flat later I had the tire up enuff to drive around the corner to air it the rest of the way. The tire didnt bounce nearly as bad after putting it in. Fortunately it was the worst out of balance tire on it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Yes Fix-A-Flat comes out as a foam but turns to liquid after a while.
     
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    Oh yea.. they also told me they did not use the special valve stems that are required with Equal. I think I'm going to take the truck to another shop and have it done properly with valve stems and all.
     
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    Do you loose any of the equal when you air down?
    /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    If I have it correct you have to use dry air when you air up too with the balancing powder or it will ball up. Anyone have any poblems there? If I run a York for my air it will be anything but dry.
     

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