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post #1 of 23 Old 04-06-2016, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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When you mount your own tires do you balance them?


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It is fairly easy to get the front close by letting the heavy side rotate down with the wheel on the axle, but before installing the brake caliper. Add a little weight to the high side and retry.......

I don't fool with the rear, but you could do the same before installing the chain.

To get closer to perfect you would need to set the axle on some stands with new oiled, but not greased bearings on the axle outside the hub. Grease makes a bit of a drag.
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Yup. Invest in a balancing stand from Harbor Freight or ebay and get some weights from ebay. You can get some spoke weights or rim weights, but be sure if you get rim weights to get slim ones for the front rim. Many "how to" videos on the tube. Too easy.

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Right now I'm thinking I may try to tackle my own tires. Neither one has weights on it now. I plan to stick with oem tires and not add weights. If I feel an issue while riding then I will probably add ride-on to the tires.
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I want to change my own tires. Never done it before.

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Right now I'm thinking I may try to tackle my own tires. Neither one has weights on it now. I plan to stick with oem tires and not add weights. If I feel an issue while riding then I will probably add ride-on to the tires.
The OEM tire a more or less 50/50 street/dirt tire and works fine, but only last for three or four thousand miles. Less for some.

I gave the Kenda k270 50/50 a try and really liked them for my type of riding - 50/50. I have now been through about 12 sets and am about to buy another set. They make other tires that are more street or dirt orientated.

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Right now I'm thinking I may try to tackle my own tires. Neither one has weights on it now. I plan to stick with oem tires and not add weights. If I feel an issue while riding then I will probably add ride-on to the tires.
The Kenda 761 is a good 80-20 tire. I just mounted some. I don't like the way they made my front end feel, but a suspension rework is next so we'll see how they feel then. The Shinko 705 is another popular 80-20 I may try next. Both are reasonably priced on-line.

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The oem is just ok off road. Which is about 40% of my riding, but here in Florida it's a lot of sand. Again, they work. Not great by any means. But I don't want to give up the pavement performance. I can almost drag peg in the corners and they yet to slip.
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