Driving on off road and mud tires offers a great road confidence and capability. Nevertheless, riding on such tires can pose some challenges. Mud tires wear and chunk when used in very uneven environments. Further, wheel weights may get knocked off on some rocks. Also, tires may spin on wheels. Consequently, these aspects can cause tire imbalance. Riding on imbalanced tires at a high speed can pose numerous risks such as wobble death, tire hop and dangerous driving conditions. Fortunately, you can use a few trick to balance your truck tires.
This method is great for balancing tires that are used in off-road conditions if you want them to stay balanced. However, with stick-on weights, tires can still spin on the wheel causing imbalance and waste of money and time. At times, sticks and mud tear both techniques of weight off the inside of wheel while off-roading. Wheels weights that clips onto the wheel’s rim may get knocked or move and thus, they aren’t useful to those who ride on gravel.
Essentially, a tire mounted on beadlock wheel can be difficult to balance but have benefits. Lightweight wheels, such as forged welds with beadlock added by OMF, is much easier to run balanced if combined with well-made new tires. When used and chunked, these tires can start wobbling, shaking or hopping. Since the older weld truck wheels are forged aluminum, they are strong and lightweight. These factors make them simple to balance. Additionally, the welded-on inner beadlock rings are machined to enhance weight saving. Sometimes beadlock rings may help guard a stick-on wheel weight against getting knocked off as the beadlock protects the tire from spinning.
Add Air Soft BBs
Adding Air Soft BBs can cause tires to balance. You should add 101/2 ounces to each front tire. If you aren’t sure of the correct weight to add to your tires, you can consult online platforms. Keep in mind that different off-road tires require different weights. Other people use birdshot, 00buckshot, steel BBs, sand or little water to achieve internal tire balancing. Regardless of what you choose to use, follow these steps; pull the tire valve core and then break the inner bead (you can use a piece of wood, a Hi-Lift Jack and truck with trailer hitch). Once, the inner bead is broken, pour the balancing medium. The results of this process differ between different mud tire types. Alternatively, you can opt for commercial tire balancing beads like Dyna Beads. You can check the TyreBeads Tire Balancing Beads . The theory behind the beads is that, as a heavy spot rotates up in the spinning tire, the tire bounces causing the balancing media to go down. Within a few revolutions, the balancing media collects on the opposite side of the heavy spot and consequently counters the weight of the turning tire. If you are riding on recentered H1 beadlocks and bent tires, lower air pressure is the key to prevent bouncing and shaking. Note that large tires have large tread lugs and they are difficult to balance. Similarly, heavier wheels are also hard to balance especially, where large and heavy tires are desirable.
Riding on water and mud conditions with low pressure off-road tires, mud, water or dirt can slip into the tires via the bead. If that happens, your mud tires may not hold air and lose balance. At such a time, you should dismount your truck tires, clean them and bead the surface and finally remount your tires. Also, mud can become caked inside the wheels, consequently wreaking balancing havoc. In case, this happens, you should search for a pressure washer that will help you hose the goop off the wheel.
Notably, Bias-ply tires such as Super Swamper SX are ideal for driving in heavy rock and uneven roads. Also, these tires last long. However, these tires can wear and chunk in ways making them hard to balance. Thus, if you have such tires don’t leave them to wear completely, you can resell them to second-hand handlers.
How to prevent case of tire imbalance :
- Always ensure the tires are well aligned
- Don’t riding on low pressure tires
- Don’t over speed on heavy rock environments and off-road conditions
- Ensure your tires are in a good condition (You can avoid all the problems of tire imbalance by purchasing quality mud/off-road tires)