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post #1 of 11 Old 02-23-2017, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Do tire manufacturers mark the heavy spot on a tire so you can put it opposite the valve?
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I have heard that some do that but I have never seen it. It is best to balance the assembly after mounting. Some people say that motorcycle tires are held to such close tolerances when made that they don't need balancing. I have had to put an ounce or more on some assemblies to balance them.
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I've mounted over 150 sets of tires on my bikes and friends bikes over the last 10 years and most tire makers DO put some type of mark but it varies from maker to maker. Some use a paint dot, some us a small bar code sticker on the bead edge of the tire. A few don't mark their tires. If no mark is found then just mount it and balance it. If a mark is there put it as close to the valve stem as you can.
Alway balance your tires for best life and ride.
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Do tire manufacturers mark the heavy spot on a tire so you can put it opposite the valve?
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If the tire is 'marked', that is the Light Spot.
Which is why SteveS said to install the mark close to the valve stem. Unless the wheel has a bead lock clamp in it, then install mark to bead lock.

The bigger share of Major tire companies which do use a 'balance mark' use a Yellow dot or circle. Metzeler uses red dots.

Most of the less expensive tire companies don't waste their time, therefore your money to attempt to give you any indication.

1/2oz - 2oz imbalance is quite common even with the balance mark lined up.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-24-2017, 12:27 PM
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The OEM tires did. I installed the mark nearest to the valve stem. It road great, no issues.

Edit: I will add both my tires on my 15' didn't have any weights on them from the factory.

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My BRAND NEW 2011 had balance weights on the spokes right from the factory.
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My BRAND NEW 2011 had balance weights on the spokes right from the factory.
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My 2015 also has weights on the spokes. On My old BMW K1200TL I balanced the rim itself without the tire on by glueing weights to the inside of the wheel with JB Weld then grinding off a little of the weights to get it to balance. Once the rim was balanced I rarely had to add external weights as long as I put the "DOT" in the stem. Now having to use a tube on the KLR that is not an option so when its time for tires I'll look at other options to balance the rim without the tire on it.
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StevieS,
I'll suggest that you could use spoke weights to balance the naked KLR rim, then use tape weights to 'fine-tune' the balance of each new tire.
Or use 2 different colored spoke weights, say bright chrome verses natural.

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What do folks prefer - the lead weights or the re-usable clamp on ones? Has anybody used balnce beads on a KLR?

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I used Micro bead in my XS650 streettracker with 19 inch flattrack tires and they worked great no problems.
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