Tire balance weights


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Tire balance weights

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Is it odd to see seven weights on one side of my front wheel? Can't read the weight values without a magnifying glass. 1984 GL1200 Aspencade w 46,000 miles.
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That's not right.

1.5 oz is about the maximum for a front wheel, and 2 oz is about maximum for the rear.

Each of those weights is 0.25 oz, so you've got 1.75oz on there - and it's all on one side of the wheel! And right next to the valve stem to boot!

Something's not right with that tire. I would insist on a different tire if it took that much weight to get it to balance.
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Very helpful. I've had a funny feeling about it when cornering. Could be other issues but this is a start. Many thanks.
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I use the balance beads in all of my tires now it's the only way to go no need to ever rebalance a tire. But I agree that much weight bad tire or it didn't fully center on the bead.
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The weight you are showing are the same as the dealer put on my new tires, each square is 1/8 oz. but I have never seen only on one side of rim, normally they are on both sides. :D :D
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So is it the amount of weight, or its distribution, that would be of most concern? I'm assuming location, since your own dealer put the equivalent amount on your bike? - Thanks, Richard
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The weights in the picture read "1/4" oz. I would at least make them re-check the balance. Not sure I would trust the installer to even know what he was doing however. Check the paint dot for proper location at the valve stem.

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When a tire and wheel need that much balance weight, it is common for a "good" tire shop to rotate the wheel around on the rim in order to more evenly balance the whole assembly. If the heaviest part of the tire is opposite the valve stem, then less balance weights are needed. It does look like the tire you have on may have a really heavy portion if that much weight is necessary right by the valve stem. Maybe a problematic tire.
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Had the tire run through a balance test at a non-Honda shop this morning, and everything comes up looking good. Balanced properly. Guess I'll leave things as they are until I get a new tire.


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