|Item Weight||3.08 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6 x 6 x 5 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Manufacturer Part Number||DIYK-10|
Counteract DIYK-10 Do It Yourself Tire/Wheel Balancing Beads Kit - Off -Road, Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Tires, (4) 10oz DIY Bead Bags, (4) Valve Caps and Cores, (1) Core Remover, Injector Bottle
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- ENHANCED VEHICLE PERFORMANCE - Counteract glass balancing beads for trucks, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles provide an automatic, readjusting, trouble-free, lifetime balance of the entire wheel assembly
- DO IT YOURSELF APPLICATION - Adding Counteract balance beads are a breeze with our valve core remover and injection bottle/tube * DIYK-10 kit contains (4) 10oz tire balance beads, (4) valve cores and caps, core remover, injector bottle/tube
- INCREASED TIRE LIFE - Counteract tire balancing beads reduce rolling resistance with centrifugal force, reducing and providing a more even wear across your tires *Counteract does not void any tire or wheel warranties
- IMPROVE FUEL ECONOMY - Balancing beads help reduce resonating suspension synchronizing by balancing the wheel assembly with centrifugal force, decreasing fuel consumption over speeds of 55 mph, and increasing fuel savings
- ENVIROMENTALLY FRIENDLY - Made of reusable, recyclable 99.9% tempered glass bead spheres that are installed side the tire and wheel assembly, preventing any accidental contamination to the environment or damage to the side of your wheels
Counteract or any other internal tire balancing product is NOT recommended for us in small passenger cars (Such as a Honda Civic, Small Crossovers, SUV etc.). This product is only recommended in vehicles with a 1/2-ton suspension and up, Off-Road Vehicles, Motorcycles, ATV, UTV, Commercial Vehicles, Bus, RV and more. Counteract Balancing Beads is the only tire and complete wheel assembly balancing product on the market proven to improve fuel economy in two separate S.A.E and TMC type II tests. Counteract Balancing Beads are manufactured as a tempered glass bead that is placed inside a tire, or injected through the valve stem, allowing for a complete tire & wheel assembly balance without the use of external wheel weights. Counteract extends tire life, improves fuel economy, balances the complete wheel assembly, decreases vibration and driver fatigue, last for the life of the tire, and is environmentally friendly. The DIY Kits include everything you need to install the product at home via the Valve Stem. If you are having new tires mounted, every bag of Counteract 4oz & up is a Drop In Bag system. Simply open your Counteract Balancing Beads bag, and place the inner clear bag containing Counteract inside the tire cavity as it is being mounted. Once the tire is sealed and mounted to the vehicle, the bag will break on its own when the vehicle starts to move.
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I bought the 12oz x 4 kit which comes with 4 new valve stem cores, 4 caps, a screwdriver with decoring end, and the bottle to put the beads in via the valvestem. The kit was very complete, and good quality.
I noticed my tires were a little shaky at highway speeds of 75-80mph. I have Michelin LTX AT2s and they weigh 57lbs each according to Michelin (285/70R17 Michelin LTX AT2 121/118R D). The Counteract guide says 1oz per 13lbs of tire weight, so that should mean I need about 4.4oz. I wasn't diligent about the exact weight of beads I put in each tire. I just ballparked it by roughly splitting each 12oz bag per tire, so I'd say I put 5-7oz depending on the tire.
I saw some YouTube videos of people airing down their tires, hooking the bottle/tube up to the valvestem once it was flat, and then jacking up the truck which sucks the beads in quickly. That did NOT work.
I also read that someone used vibration to shake the beads in faster, so I rigged up my drill with an offset weight which vibrated pretty good. That seemed to work okay, but I had to hold it just right to get it to work, and then when I stopped it was a beast to get it going again. I had to remove the bottle/tube and let the truck down to blow out the beads which were clogged up in there at one point.
What I found worked best for me was to put a jack under the frame and then deflate the tire so it wouldn't fall down very far. I didn't worry about the position of the valve stem (up/down/side). Then I hooked the bottle/tube up and just squeezed the bottle to shoot the beads in a little at a time. It was more effective to do this without filling the tube up completely. Holding the tube horizontal and filling the beads along the bottom allowed a puff of beads to go in without clogging. If it did clog the suction of the bottle would suck them back out and they would go in on the next squeeze. This took about 5-10min per tire which was much quicker than the vibration method. It was very humid when I did this, so that could play a role in this too.
I took the truck for a drive, and it definitely rode smoother with the beads than before. I did NOT remove the existing wheel weights. I figured if it rode rough I could remove the weights and try again. I didn't have to do that though.
I am going to put the rest of my beads in my trailer tires now. I won't have the clog free valve stem cores on those though. We'll see how it goes.
My only complaint is that recently I started having failures of the valve cores supplies. When it happens, I have to disassemble my tire, pull my valve stem, punch out the broken pieces of the old core, and then install a new one. Luckily I have spares, but I wish they were a bit more rugged. Maybe they weren't designed for constant up/down airing operations as I go from 8 PSI on the trail back to 25 PSI on the street. I'm doing it 1-2 times a month, and my first failure happened about 6 months in with the second failure only a week behind it.
I was told by the customer service rep that he'd make it right but my followup emails and calls went unanswered.
Horrible product and even worse customer service.
I'm still sweeping up those little beads after I had to manually break down each tire and vacuum them out.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!