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Old 06-20-2009, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Centramatic Wheel Balancers

I was having a heck of a time keeping my wheels balanced. Every few months I would start getting vibrations again and finally got tired of it. I got lucky and a shop in Denver had a set of Centramatic balancers they wanted to get rid of.
I put them on and can't believe the difference. I'd say that it takes to about 40 mph to really level out but man, it's a smooth ride now. At 70 and 75 it feels like 50 mph used to. We will see how much longer the wheels last, they advertise that you get a lot more miles per tire with these, we'll see.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ive always ran these on my semi truck and have had great luck with them.I would imagine they would work on anything you put them on.
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I run them on my 22.5 conversion and I couldn't believe the difference. They really are amazing.
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I have them on my E350 super duty, been there from the middle of Feb... and have not looked back.
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You all running them on all the corners or just the steer wheels?
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Mine came with all four, so all tires. I don't know if you can buy just two of them.
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I have the Centramatics front, and rear. Yes, they work as advertised, tires run cooler, last longer, and definately smoother. A good tire balance to begin with seems to work best, and the Centramatics take over from there for many miles. Yes, you can buy only two at a time.
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Yes, all four corners. I've even heard of people running them on their trailers. I've never ridden in a trailer so I have no idea if it would help.
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another company is balacemasters. They have a product similar to centramatic, and they also have balancing units for driveshafts & flywheels too.
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These are known as dynamic balancers (DB) and generally dynamic balancers work very well.


Cheap alternatives include but not limited to:

- ceramic beads
- air soft beads, available at any Walmart
- BB's (Walmart)
- antifreeze
- golf balls
- ball bearings

The only bought dynamic balancer I use is the Centramatics. I have them on my '06 PSD F-350 SRW and they work very well.

I use antifreeze in my '85 Toyota 4runner and 10k lb car hauler trailer. Can't speak to the trailer, but the antifreeze works very well in the Toy, even with the tires and wheels caked in mud.

I used BB's in my '98 Dodge Ram when I got tired of spending $12 every time they threw a wheel weight (about once a month). Worked very well with those large 35x12.50-15 All Terrain tires.

Generally, DBs work better than static balancers (i.e. wheel weights) because they are usually further out from the center of the tire and wheel and therefore can exert more counterbalancing force than wheel weights that are limited to the wheel diameter. The other advantage to DB's is that they are dynamic and therefore take into account different tire and road conditions, something static balancers can't do. Lastly, it's generally far harder to lose or damage a DB vs. wheel weights (that Equal******excepted).

I take all my tires and wheels and have them force balanced and wheel weights installed and then add the DB's at home.

DB's have disadvantages too: They won't fix and out of round tire or wheel or damaged tire or wheel (same as static balancers like wheel weights). And you have to install them. Cost is a factor if you buy the Centramatics (good idea, IMO) or Equal (dumb, IMO).

The easiest installation is antifreeze: take the stem out of the tire and let it deflate; put a 1/4" hose over the inflator and the other end into 4-6 oz. of antifreeze; lift the vehicle, causing the tire to suck up the antifreeze; reinstall valve stem and reinflate tire, done.

Hope this helps.

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