CENTRAMATIC STAINLESS WHEEL BALANCERS


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CENTRAMATIC STAINLESS WHEEL BALANCERS

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These centramatic wheel balancers are new to me. Does anyone have any experience with them? Are they really worth the money at nearly $300? I've used the Dyna beads on my sport bike and they work great and are only around $20.


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Centramatics will keep your wheels balanced as well or maybe a bit better than Dyna or other bead systems. They are worth having, but not worth the price when you are only paying $20 a pop for your beads. I used these many MANY years ago, when they were sold by Amsoil (mid 1970s I believe) and they were the cats butt at that time. With being stainless now, and no more expensive than back then, they would be a good addition to your motorcycle. But as you mentioned, you can do 15 tire changes with Dyna beads for the same price.
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Here is another thought to consider:
A product such as Ride-On will not only dynamically balance tires, but will also seal punctures.
Actually I use Dyna Beads in some bikes and Ride-On in others and I like both products.
I guess you will need to choose "fix a flat" v "balance only".
I've nothing against Centramatic, but don't use them.

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HondaFun wrote: Sun Dec 26, 2021 10:24 pm These centramatic wheel balancers are new to me. Does anyone have any experience with them? Are they really worth the money at nearly $300? I've used the Dyna beads on my sport bike and they work great and are only around $20.
A similar experience to beads - Only they are permanently mounted to your front wheel - behind the rotor -
The rear one slips off and on when changing the tire - super easy -
No mess - ne measuring - no figuring out how to get them inside -
No beads to mess with with you TPMS (if you have it)

Worth it ? -
I own 2 front wheels - they both have the centramatics on them - for easy tire changes -
LOVE them --

See Munk's Maxim - "There is no such thing as a cheap motorcycle"

They WORK - and ARE worth the money in my opinion :ugeek:
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No cheap motorcycle is right, just didn't want to spend it all at one time. LOL Just got my Goldwing in November and paid $1300 in service and need new tires. I am thinking that in the long run the centramatic balancers may be the better choice. Thanks for everyones thoughts.

One other thing, Do you need two on the front?
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HondaFun wrote: Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:53 pm No cheap motorcycle is right, just didn't want to spend it all at one time. LOL Just got my Goldwing in November and paid $1300 in service and need new tires. I am thinking that in the long run the centramatic balancers may be the better choice. Thanks for everyones thoughts.

One other thing, Do you need two on the front?
The front is sold as a pair.
My understanding is that you do need the pair as they are smaller.
Rotating centralized mass in balance on each side...or something like that..
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The biggest problem with them is this. The cause the left front rotor to sit a little more outboard, which often causes the rotor to rub on the calipers mounting bracket, which often causes an ongoing scrapping noise when the brakes are applied.
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I purchased a full set about 40k ago (pair on the front & a rear) & have been well pleased with the results.

I had learned of them from a Roadtrain I was driving at the time had a set on the Prime-mover & asked what they were & how they work, the owner explained that he had been running them for some time & had cut down on steer tyre wear considerably.

As the miles went by in the Roadtrain & tyre wore out I could see the benefits of them & put them on my Wing with no regret.

Some years have passed since the truck had been fitted & I noted the other day one had worn out (outer ring had worn through & contents gone with it), but keep in mind it has done over a million km of offroad & highway work to get at that point, that to me says a lot about the product itself.

As far as I can tell there is no downside to the product, unlike powder that hates moist air from service station compressor's, there isn't a lot to go wrong, yes they eventually wear out but your bike will be getting to the point that it too will need a little loving.
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I installed these on my 20008 GL 1800 in 2020. They smooth my ride out. I know they are expensive but I feel they are worth it. I’ve had my GL 1800 since 2015 and these really added a more enjoyable ride than I was used to. The bike seemed like it was pitching front to back or bouncing a little bit and the ceramics took all of that completely out. I know they’re expensive but I would do it again. Good luck on what you feel like doing let us know.
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I didn't notice a significant difference in the ride (although some friends of mine did) but I get about 3,000 more miles on a set of tires than I did before and have never had a tire cup since I put on my Centramatics. I've also moved them to my new bikes, so I'm on my 3rd Wing with the same set of Centramatics. Since I go through a set of tires per year, with the additional mileage I get on my tires they have more than paid for themselves. I highly recommend them.
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I also put them on my 2008 last year or so. Noticeably smoother ride. See no downsides other than the price. I think adding these balancers and a Superbrace on the front fork significantly improved handling. Got new tires last year (E4s), so we'll see how many miles I get and if I don't get cupping.
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I have a 2010 Goldwing purchased new which came with Bridgestone tyres as standard. I have managed to get 30,000 km out of these twice now for front and rear tyres. I have Bridgestones on again and have done 21,000 km so far and will probably get another 10,000 km and have just towed a trailer across Australia for 10,000 of those 21,000 km.

I met other Wing riders who were only getting 18-20,000 km, so whatever I'm doing seems to work for me. With the first set of tyres I ran tyre pressures as recommended by Honda (36 psi front and 41 psi rear). Cupping developed at about 18,000km so I increased front tyre pressure to 38 psi and then later to 40 psi. There was a slight improvement in the cupping but it was still present when I purchased the second set of tyres. Previously I towed a trailer for 10,000 km and this resulted in the front tyre cupping again although I had 40 psi in the front and 42 psi in the rear.

I had also installed Centramatic balancers before the trip. I have since found that after removing the trailer after the trip and within about 1,000 km the cupping has gone. The installation of the Centramatics is one of the most beneficial improvements I have done. The cornering at high speed is like riding on a rail.

I will continue using Bridgestone as they seem to suite my riding style.

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I just bought a 2008 gl1800 this year and has the balancers on front because it’s a trike like the other guy said the left rotor will rub the caliper when the brake pads get worn mine got so bad the rotor got so hot u could smell it but I like them tire has almost 12k miles with no cupping at all on my other gl1800 I sold I was using a buffer to clean up the cupping a about 6k miles so my opinion great product,


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