Why Buy Wheel Weights For Your Vehicle?
September 13, 2022
Top Benefits of Wheel Weights for Off-Road Vehicles
There are three different types of wheel weights when balancing your wheel and tire package - clip-on weights, stick-on weights, and balancing beads. In today's piece, we want to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of all three, so you can determine which one is best for your build. Let's jump right in and see how each wheel weight type works!
Advantages and Disadvantages of Balancing Beads
When you're checking out of the cart on our site and you build a wheel and tire package, you'll have the option to go with either stick-on weights or balancing beads, and if you go with the latter, you should know of some of the top advantages and disadvantages of these systems.
So, one of the advantages to balancing beads is that, obviously, you can't see them, and that makes them more aesthetically appealing; plus, you don't have to worry about your stick-on weights flying off at highway speeds or when you're doing a lot of off-roading. With anything, there are pros and cons though, and with balancing beads one of the major cons is that if you go to air down, those tiny beads can get stuck in the valve core and kind of be a pain in the ass to get your tires aired to where you want them.
The other disadvantage with balancing beads is that it does take them a little bit to get settled into their position when the tire's spinning at highway speeds, so you will feel that vibration in an unbalanced tire - for a little bit anyways - until they adjust to the speeds you'll be running your tires at.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Stick-On Wheel Weights
So then, why would you want to run stick-on weights for your off-roader? Well, number one is your wheel and tire package - it's always gotta be balanced. With stick-on weights, whether you're going at slow or highway-type speeds, you're not gonna have to worry about that initial vibration like you would with balancing beads. Now, there's always the issue of the stick-on weights falling off, and if that happens, then obviously you're gonna have to get them rebalanced because they'll start to vibrate on you.
The other advantage to stick-on weights is that there isn't any additional upcharge for them, whereas there is with balancing beads. It's important to remember, though, that if you do start to feel vibration and you do have stick-on weights, you need to go in and get your tires rebalanced as soon as you can, because this'll start to cause uneven wear.
Are There Any Advantages To Clip-On Wheel Weights?
If you take your off-roader to a shop to get balanced, you might get asked if you want to go with clip-on weights for it. Personally, we don't see any advantages to clip-on weights, because they're still prone to trail damage or getting knocked off your rim - also, they still fall off like stick-on weights do, so if you're looking for some good wheel weights, either balancing beads or stick-on weight should be the options you go with here.
Buy Balancing Beads Or Stick-On Wheel Weights At TrailBuilt Off-Road
The moral of the story here is that if you don't mind spending a little bit of extra coin to get balancing beads, and you don't mind the extra vibration until they get settled in, they're definitely a great way to go. Stick-on weights are no extra charge, and we do mount and balance wheel and tire packages for free right here at TrailBuilt, so these are also quick and easy choices that you can opt for.
No matter what kind of package you're building, you can pick either balancing beads or stick-on wheel weights when you check out. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions before you buy, and we're happy to help you find the best option for your needs. We'll see you out on the trails!