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post #1 of 7 Old 06-04-2008, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Balancing your wheels

Does anyone have a good tip for balancing your own wheels? I don't mind changing my own, but a trip to the dealer for balancing in a pain.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-04-2008, 06:27 PM
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We just simply use a pair of car jacks. The kind you put a pin in and it will hold the car up off of the ground. Slide the axle thru the hub, make sure all spacers are on and that the tire wont rub when turning. You don't have to turn the tire very hard, just enough to get it to spin a few times and slow down. The fun part is figuring out where to put the weight to balance it out. Of course the heavy side will eventually stop at the bottom. Spin it twice to make sure it stops at the same place each time. Add weight 180 out and just start spinning and working. Might start with a half ounce if it does not seem to be real heavy, or an ounce if it is. You might need two weights, you might need half of one. My local dealer gave me some nice chrome weights that slide over the spokes. Tap them on with a small hammer once everything is balanced up real good. They won't go anywhere.

It is a good thing 'tire change and balancing' for a rainy day when you aren't dying to get done and go riding. So far I am very pleased with the balancing or our tires. We change all of our own and balance them. I hate paying someone money to do something I can do myself. Yeah there will be those with the extra $$$ in their wallet and say its just easier to let the dealer do it. But that takes all the fun out of it. While you have the rims off, don't forget to grease those axles and bearings, particularly the rear axle, as mine seems to like to start corroding to the aluminum adjusters and needing a big F'ing hammer to get it out.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-04-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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I have been using Dyna beads from Innovative Balancing for years now,less than having them balanced at the dealer and are re-usable,and your tires are ALWAYS in balance, http://www.innovativebalancing.com/motorcycle.htm
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-04-2008, 10:39 PM
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WOW, thanks for the link, I have never seen or heard of those before. I will definately check into those.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-05-2008, 07:54 AM
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While I feel it's debateable whether motorcycle wheels need balancing, I have come up with a home-made balancer using four ball bearings for the axle to turn on.
Suspending the axle and giving the wheel a spin will get you somewhere but the wheel bearings usually contribute too much drag into the equation for optimum balance. Will post a picture of mine at the next tire change.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-05-2008, 08:41 AM
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I would agree about the need if your going to run knobbies or fairly agressive treads, but with more street oriented tires, I have felt more vibration in the handle bar and the seat with tires out of balance as opposed to having them balanced. But then again, I am always sensitive to vibrations that come and go.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-08-2008, 03:23 AM
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I decided to try out the Dyna beads myself. Put them in about month ago and so far they seem to work pretty good.

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