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Active wheel balancers?

Are anyone running these Balance Masters on a ranger? My buddy has ran them on his Dodge Ram 2500 with 37's for years and they work great, but the website doesn't even list a product for the ranger bolt pattern. The main reason I'm looking at these is so I don't have to balance my tires every 1500 miles or so.
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Some thing tells me that that doesnt work....maybe the fact that all the "how it works" shows is a tire bouncing around.....
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oh they work amazingly well on heavier duty trucks, personally I have driven both a dodge 2500 on 37's and a F350 on 37's both before and after installation of the balancers. They make a surprising difference. Another manufacturer is Centramatic, they use hardened lead shot and synthetic oil. Downside is they are slightly more noisy then the mercury used by SunTech.
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Centramatic make one for our application, they can be heard at low speeds, its not bad but its there.
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or lifetime balance and rotation at any shop costs $20-30.......
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lifetime balance is nice, but it still means taking my truck out of service for an hour or so if i'm lucky and can get to it immediately. I'm truthfully just tired of messing with re-balancing my tires every couple weeks (equates to every 1000-1500 miles) or have to deal with annoying vibrations. If I didn't drive the truck so much i probably wouldn't care, but the ranger is a daily driver of 700 miles or more a week. The drive is bad enough, i don't wont to fight my truck the as well.
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Some thing tells me that that doesnt work....maybe the fact that all the "how it works" shows is a tire bouncing around.....
They work better then a traditional balance with lead weights. There are other companies that sell ceramic beads you put in the tires themselves, I was going to get some put supposedly they tear up patches and one of my tires is patched.
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WTF are you doing to your truck to have to balance your tires any more than when they need to be rotated. Hell, I haven't balanced my tires in 2 rotations and I'm still good.
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They work better then a traditional balance with lead weights. There are other companies that sell ceramic beads you put in the tires themselves, I was going to get some put supposedly they tear up patches and one of my tires is patched.
If so, why are they not one every luxury vehicle on the road? If they are so great they would be OEM and not an after market item.
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WTF are you doing to your truck to have to balance your tires any more than when they need to be rotated. Hell, I haven't balanced my tires in 2 rotations and I'm still good.
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these products do not work well on any LT application, we've tried many of these products at our shop to find that all have been a dissapointment on anything smaller then an 11R22.5
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The more the current tires wear, the more often i have to balance. At first it was with every rotation (the shop didn't charge balancing with rotation), now its every two to three weeks. The general grabbers just dont wear well, the bridgestone duelers, and the goodyears before them never had a problem with balancing but these general grabbers wont stay balanced. Thanks darkstar, thats what I have been wanting to know. What applications did you try them on, I ask because I heard of good luck with Wranglers running 33's and taller.
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It sounds like you've got a problem with one of the tires or something. How many miles do you put on a week? If you have to balance them every 2-3 weeks than something is wrong apparently.
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I'm averaging about 700 miles a week. I agree something aint right, but the truck just came back from the alignment shop with only a slight adjustment. Both the alignment shop and the garage found no problems in the front end (all joints, ends, and bearings were tight).
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in reading some other threads, someone mentioned driveline vibrations could be a culprit and was indicated by the gear shifter shaking more than normal. What are the chances driveline vibrations could cause a shimmy/shake in the front end?
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Tire Balancing Products

I run those in my 37s work perfect.

I would not run them in anything smaller than a 35 IMO
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zabeard...in your opinion, what would hinder their use in smaller tires (just wondering)?
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i have just heard they dont work as well in smaller tires. plus a good tire shop should be able to balance a 33 without any problems.
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If so, why are they not one every luxury vehicle on the road? If they are so great they would be OEM and not an after market item.
That could be said for lots of things, that's a stupid argument. Maybe it hasn't caught on with the mainstream yet and maybe lead weights are still the standard because they are cheaper, easier for most, and most cars don't need anything different. Why do you hate the other methods so much? Were you sexually harassed by ceramic BB's as a child or something?
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