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post #1 of 5 Old 10-29-2011, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Mefo balance mark

Hi! I am installing a new set of Mefo tires on my 2011 klr650 today. does anyone know what Mefo is using for a balancing mark? The only thing I can find is a double red dot on the side of one knob on each tire. Is this the balancing mark? Does it go at the valve stem or 180 degrees away from it?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-30-2011, 12:19 AM
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If those red dots are the only dots painted on the tire, that should be it. I can't remember where the dot was on mine. Align the dot(s) with the valve stem hole and don't forget it's a directional tire. I predict you'll like these tires.



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post #3 of 5 Old 10-30-2011, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply! After repositioning the tire on the rim several times, I realized the balance problem I was having did not relate to tire position. The heavy duty tube I was installing was too large to fit in the tire without bunching up.The tube was the correct size 4.50-5.10-17 but measured 1/2" bigger in cross section and 1" bigger in diameter than the factory tube. I put the factory tube back in,lined up the mark to the valvestem and no balancing weight was needed. Took the bike out for a testride and it was smooth as silk. The heavy duty tube in the front tire didn't have the same problem and balanced with only a small amount of weight.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-30-2011, 12:59 AM
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Good deal. Glad you got them mounted and running good.

I'm no tire/tube expert, but the tube thing seems odd. I put "Ultra-Heavy Duty" tubes in both my front and rear Mefos and had no problems at all getting them in.

Are those the markings on the tube itself or on the box it came in? It sounds to me like maybe they had the wrong tube in the box?

Main thing is you're out riding on smooth-running new rubber!



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post #5 of 5 Old 10-30-2011, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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I had the same thought but the markings were on both the tube and box. Very strange. I will talk to the supplier next week but for 25$ its not really worth sending all the way back to Ontario from Alberta. I still want to install a heavy duty tube so i will check out an other brand. Definitely am getting my tire changing skills polished up!
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