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Old 03-16-2019, 04:31 PM   #1
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Centramatic Wheel Balancers

My used diesel 2500 had a little vibration in the tires that are on it. Rather than have them balanced again I ordered a set of the Centramic wheel balancers for it.

I had a set on another 2500 and was so pleased with them, I ordered another set for this truck. Now, it rides so smooth. Absolutely no vibration that I can feel at any speed.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:29 PM   #2
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It is all in the timing. LOL

I was just toying with ordering Centramatics yesterday. Close to 400 for a full set for my truck is a little more than I want to spend right now. I decided to get balance beads at a cost of less than 50 bucks. If they work then great. If not I am only out 50 bucks. In that case I will get Centramatics next year.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:06 PM   #3
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From their website:

Why Centramatic Balancers?
Smoother Ride
Increases tire life 25%-50%
Reduces vibration
Helps prevent tire cupping
No pre-balancing required
Lower tire operating temps 8%-10%
Five Year Warranty
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:37 PM   #4
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I looked into these as well. From what I was seeing, if i installed these on my dually, there is not much thread left on the wheel studs for the lugnuts.
Also, with the nice aluminum Alcoa wheels I have, these would stick out like a sore thumb being placed in between the wheels.
I've heard they work very well, I just wish they were smaller and had a nicer finish to them.
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:00 PM   #5
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I bought something similar to this in the 70ís but they wouldnít fit under my aluminum rims so I sent them back. Havenít heard/thought about the technology or heard any more about it since then but what is old is new. Will watch with interest.
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:28 PM   #6
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The Balance Beads work well
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Old 03-17-2019, 02:52 AM   #7
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The thickness of the Centramatic balancers where they mount on the lugs is thin metal. You will have the full length of the lug less the thin metal, I don't know what gauge metal it is.

Easily Paint them flat black if you don't want to see them. I have to look hard to see mine on the 3/4 ton. The positive result is worth 100 times the negative.

I tried tire beads... the front tires were still not balanced properly.

The Centramatics work well... and are keeping my tires perfectly balanced.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:41 AM   #8
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I do wish the price's were the same on a 3/4 ton and a one ton though.

I paid about $200 for a set for my Dodge 2500.

On a 3500, buy the front set this year and the rear set next year.
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I have a set sitting around for an F450. If anyone is interested let me know and we can work out a price.
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:51 AM   #10
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I have a set sitting around for an F450. If anyone is interested let me know and we can work out a price.
Why are they not on your truck? Did not like them? Older model?

Do you know the actual model numbers?
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F450 & F550's from 99-04 used 8 lug/225MM pattern. 05-12 used 10 lug/225MM pattern (except 2011-12 F450 pickups which use the smaller F350 pattern).
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