Balancing Tires with Airsoft BB’s
After knocking plenty of wheel weights off of the wheels on my old XJ, I decided to try something different with my new one. I figured I would try dynamic balancing on my new 32″ tires. After referencing the chart here, it looked like I would need about 8oz of weight per tire. In order to help keep costs down, I ended up going to Wal-Mart and picking up a container of Airsoft BB’s and a diet scale:
Next I went ahead and measured out 8oz on BB’s and placed them into 4 separate Ziploc bags.
Once that is done, it’s time to get them into the tires. My tires were already mounted on the wheels, so all I needed to do was break the bead so I could get them inside.
Lucky for me, I have the Harbor Freight Tire Changer (the $30 I spent on it was has been well worth it), so that made breaking the beads a simple task.
First, you gotta let all the air out of the tire. Removing the valve core makes it a quick task
Getting ready to break the bead:
Next I poured one bag of BB’s into the tire. Make sure they all fall inside and are not stuck on the bead of the tire.
Lastly, all you need to do is air up the tire again and make sure the bead seats again.
Now all my tires are ready to install, and I shouldn’t have to worry about them getting out of balance