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Just ordered me some new alloy rims and was wondering if it is best to powder balance them instead of putting weights on the rim which I hear can be bad for the aluminum and they also look ugly. What are the pros and cons of putting powder in your tires? I am thinking that moisture might turn the powder into a pancake like batter ready to be thrown on the grill.
 

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Use tape weights on the inside diameter of the rim, not use the crimp on style weights on the outer lip. You can a static balance so that there are only weights on the one side instead of both sides.

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i would never use the powder unless you have to. if you don't want weights on the outside pust stick ons on the inner rim like said above. the powder can cause balance problems if the tire has any moisture it'll just stick there, causing improper balance, and if you're tire is smaler than 38in it probably won't help the least??

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Theres a shop in Abbotsford that balanced my swampers for me with the powder stuff. Worked great. Until I popped a bead and lost a bunch of it.


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I use Centramatic Wheel Balancers for my 36" TSL's, it made the ride smoother and the tires don't cup anymore, but they are expensive.

Another option it to patch balance your tires(vulcanize weights to the inside of your tire), it is a fair bit more expensive than the usual balancing methods but if the person is good at it he can balance the tires without any weights on the rim. The only downside is if the patches come off you will have weights floating around inside your tire. I don't know how well this type of balancing will fair when airing down though.
 

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I bought my swampers used and they already had a couple of those heavy patches bonded inside. They're great on a new tires, but after swapping rims the tire guy told me they were probably throwing the balance off, but of course they're bonded in just like a patch so can't be pulled out easily.

If you plan to use your tire for its whole life on the same rims, thats the way to go. Since the patch material is placed on the inside of the tire closest to the tread, less weight is needed than if you tried to balance it with wheel weights.

Just hope you're really good friends with your tire installer.

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I use Nabob in my tires. As an added plus, when I roll my window down the fresh, zesty aroma really wakes me up in the mornings.

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BBP said:
I use Nabob in my tires. As an added plus, when I roll my window down the fresh, zesty aroma really wakes me up in the mornings.

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"Pushing the limits of duct tape and zap straps every day."

Oh man that's a new one and I have been searching this topic for 2 days.

I would never waste good coffee like that.:D :confused: :D
 
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