WHEEL BALANCING


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WHEEL BALANCING

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:07 pm



Trying to decide what is the best way to balance my tires. I know everyone has their favorite but ! am looking for an overall consensus. I want to get rid of the weights on the rims and maybe get more life out of the tires. I don't know if it matters but a lot of the time while on the road by myself I am a fairly aggressive rider.



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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:36 pm

The best decision I ever made for every bike I've owned was to use balancing beads.
My tires took 2 oz. in each tire.Bought them online as there are no local sales.
On my 84 and 88,it was easiest to break the bead and pour the beads in.
I tried to put them in the air valve on the 88 rear and it took almost 3 hours.
I used a "C" clamp and some blocks of wood and broke the bead with the tire on the bike for the other 3 tires.
Here's just one source...http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14 ... PAodeVEAkw

I know...$40 for 4 tires.....how much is it to have them balanced at the dealer.....This is a DIY.

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby SteveB123 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:30 pm

GRAPEAPE94 wrote:Trying to decide what is the best way to balance my tires. I know everyone has their favorite but ! am looking for an overall consensus.


"Overall consensus" will easily be lead weights, as the most popular.
But your question is for the best way, which is different than popular.

Consensus in replies in this thread will surely be Dynabeads.
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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby dragon2000 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:08 pm

You may want to look at the comments in is Thread: http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4328
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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby Red Ron » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:20 am

My last 2 rears and present front did not need balancing according to my local Honda dealership. Should point out that I am double darkside. The dealership will not install the CT on the rear but they do check for balancing. I did purchase and get them to install the rear MT that I use on the front.

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:43 am

Throughly study this web sight and you may wish to use this product:
http://www.ride-on.com/
Disclaimer: At this time, not to be used in Honda Wings that are equipped w/OEM TPMS as the senors are not hermetically sealed !!!

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby Sally » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:17 am

I use dyna beads I feel the best way to go I love them. BUT one thing if you have TPMS you can use beads . Sally

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby BugEyedTurkey » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:06 am

I would whole heartedly recommend the Centramatic balancers; here is a link to them (be sure & take a look at their videos): http://centramatic.com/ (click on motorcycles) and found to be much superior to the Dyna beads (easier to install, also). Significent improvement in stability of the entire bike, almost doubled tire mileage, etc. Nope, NO connection to Centramatic... just a highly pleased customer!

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby 93aspy » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:06 pm

I concur - Centramatic balancers... Very popular with my MC club...

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby buffdaddy55 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:34 am

I prefer the beads (cost) and fairly easy to install. Use them on my 1200 and made a world of difference . Am in the process of putting them in my 1800, but has been somewhat of a pain getting them in the back tire without anything handy to break the bead.Figure it will be worth the effort however. Just go with what feels right for you. :D

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby wingfart » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:07 pm

If you are going to use beads, there is a fairly easy way to install them, other than breaking the tire bead. Use a short length of plastic hose (less than a foot) that fits snugly over the valve stem (remove core first) and a small funnel that fits in the other end of the hose. Dribble in about 1 inch of beads into the hose, give funnel end of the hose a small shot of compressed air, and the beads are into the tire. Repeat until all the beads are in. This works equally well on straight of angled valve stems.

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:39 pm

wingfart wrote:If you are going to use beads, there is a fairly easy way to install them, other than breaking the tire bead. Use a short length of plastic hose (less than a foot) that fits snugly over the valve stem (remove core first) and a small funnel that fits in the other end of the hose. Dribble in about 1 inch of beads into the hose, give funnel end of the hose a small shot of compressed air, and the beads are into the tire. Repeat until all the beads are in. This works equally well on straight of angled valve stems.


Yup. See it in my video:




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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby buffdaddy55 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:06 am

I will give it a "shot" so to speak! :lol:

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby tech1 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:24 pm

Hello I was questioning that too. What everyone uses and best. I have an 09 with TPWS and wasnt going to use the dyna beads on it so i put Centramatics on. Smooth!! If no TPWS dyna beads are OK. I had them in my 86 SEi and was happy with them. The only thing you loose them breaking down your tire , but relatily inexpensive to replace. Now the Centra Matics once installed U R done!! and never lost with tire replacement
I agree no lead! it is banned here in IL. now. TPWS = Centramatic , Non TPWS = dynabeads.
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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby buffdaddy55 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:52 am

Shooting beads in with air did not work for me. The 90* angle on the stem is too crimped. Not like the front as they went in there great. I guess I"ll break the bead and finish the install. :o

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Re: WHEEL BALANCING

Postby nandyman1 » Wed May 01, 2013 7:16 am

There is a kit to install the beads it's a small plastic bottle with a short length of hose that fits over the valve stem. I've done it a couple of times and have had to use an engraver on the stem, the vibration helps, just go slow it seems to help if they don't get bunched up. Also I installed an all metal 90* valve stem as I had a stock one fail last year. Be safe.




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