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Installing Counteract Balancing Beads into your motorcycle tires couldn’t be easier. You simply want to make sure you do it the right way, otherwise you might not be completely satisfied with the result.
Before we get started, should you choose to, take a moment to get to know Counteract a bit better by watching this video:
Here’s How It Works.
Once you install the beads inside your motorcycle tire, the specially coated micro-spheres (the beads) are then tossed around throughout the tire through centrifugal force as the wheel rotates. As the force of the out-of-balance spot increases and pulls the suspension in an up and down motion, the inertia causes the beads to move in the opposite direction and rapidly shift until the complete wheel assembly is balanced.
What’s the Result?
Improved fuel economy.
Are There Any Other Potential Benefits?
Why yes! So glad you asked. Installed correctly, these hard working little beads can help improve your ride in several ways. Not only are they easy to use and install, they can reduce vibrations for a more comfortable ride, extend the life of your tire and balance your wheels for the life of the tire.
Here’s How You Properly Install Counteract Balancing Beads:
Check out WingStuff’s short video for some visual stimulation!
Follow these five easy steps to a “T” and you should have some seriously balanced tires!
Step 1) Remove all wheel weights (from rims or spokes)
Step 2) Carefully pour the pre-measured bag of beads into the bottle, screw on the cap and clip off the tip of the spout at the mark and place on the clear tube.
Step 3) Rotate the wheel so the valve stem is at the bottom (on the rear tire rotate to any lower area most accessible) and remove the valve core with the valve core remover provided.
Step 4) Place the tube over the valve stem (if the valve stem is narrow 90 degree, simply pinch the tube onto the valve stem or use a plastic tie strap). Pour ONLY ¼“ to ½ “ of beads down the tube to the valve stem. With the bottle held upright (vertical) so the tube is slightly curved, squeeze the bottle creating a vacuum drawing the beads up and down the tube ushering them through the valve stem freely ( DO NOT POUR MORE Than ½ “ OF BEADS INTO THE TUBE AT A TIME…IT WILL CLOG). Continue this process until the squeeze bottle is empty of beads.
Step 5) Once completed ensure no beads are in the valve stem. Insert the valve core provided into the valve stem and re inflate the tire to the manufactures recommended PSI, install the valve cap provided…and ride.
Disclaimer: Counteract disclaims any responsibility for air loss or tire damage due to improper installation.
Always wear safety goggles
That’s it! Pretty simple, right?
But Does It Really Work?
Auburn University (PAVE) program for advance vehicle evaluations conducted an S.A.E and TMC type II test and reported a 2.2% fuel consumption improvement. You can read the full report here: PAVE-Counteract-test. The PIT, a group within FPInnovations, one of the largest non-profit, private scientific research centers in the world, conducted the same test, with equally impressive results. It’s important to note, however, that both tests were conducted on 18 wheelers carrying close to maximum load. To our knowledge, no tests have been performed to validate fuel consumption improvement on motorcycles.
That said, one very happy WingStuff customer, Low_Rider exclaimed, “Purchased This product at a Rally from Verhulst Bike Tires. I was honestly skeptical of this product at first considering I have always used “lead weights”. But the guys that were selling it and Verhulst was endorsing it and I trust that guys opinion about tires.”
In the spirit of balance (isn’t that what these beads are all about?) here’s a critical review from floyd, “i added beads to my tires it was vary easy to do when i took it for a ride i did not notice any difrence in the ride—– as to weather they make the tires last longer not sure of any way to determin that all tires whear difrent due to conditions so how would you replicate that to know —–as to gas milage it was not as good but it was an old tank full sat over the winter so will wait for fresh gas to determin that unless gas mialage inproves the beads are a waste of money”
What do you think? Will you be getting yourself some balancing beads? Have you used this product in the past and have anything constructive to add to the conversation. We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below.