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    Quote Originally Posted by bvogel7475 View Post
    I use balancing beads in the tire itself. Have never experienced an out of balance condition with these and the tire will never go out of balance because the beads compensate for that or may e I am just high and never feel anything.
    Some never balance a motorcycle tires with no issues.

    One of the most controversial products ............Motorcycle Consumer News published a test a few years back that found they did not work or made no difference. No vehicle or tire manufactures uses or recommends beads or any liquid products in the tire. No nobody has done a blind test with back to back testing. Yes there are many pallor tricks on YouTube with beads and pop bottles.

    The topic has hashed and rehashed on almost every forum...........similar to engine oil, K&N or Fram filters, engine break in
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    I use a Pit Posse balancer, bouht on EBay. I did remove the bearing dust guards,and cleaned out the crappy Chinese grease, and added light machine oil. Works like a charm!
    I use a pair of jack stands to support them.
    I do use balance beads as well, despite negative reviews by some folks. I have experienced much longer tire wear, although, of course, this is just anecdotal evidence.
    I generally use the tie- wrap method to mount tires.


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    Wheel Balancer....

    I have a Harbor Freight balancer. Simple rod and stand with roller bearings. Used the 20% off coupon.
    Seems to work fine. Balanced my new ST1300 tires and they rolled smooth for 5000 miles on my trip this summer.

    JT
    Last edited by Jt105; 16th November 2018 at 19:37.

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    Obviously any of these will work. Some more refined than others. The harbor freight unit will work fine if you pop off the bag sheilds/ seals, clean out the grease and put a few drops of oil. Less friction and a little more touchy ( better for accuracy). I will add that setting the wheel up and using a micrometer w/ arm to check lateral and radial run out is a good idea. If you have ever tried to balance a wheel that has excessive run out ( and not detect or know it) it may be perfect in balance and still shake on the road. Also a necessity when checking and tightening spoke wheels. Hope this helps.

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    Could you enlighten us on the best way to tighten the spokes on our NC's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_rubenstein View Post
    Could you enlighten us on the best way to tighten the spokes on our NC's?
    One very large pipe wrench.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_rubenstein View Post
    Could you enlighten us on the best way to tighten the spokes on our NC's?
    the NCs have mag wheels, obviously no spokes to tighten. If you have ever owned a mc with spokes you would know what I’m speaking of. Of course if someone else does the work you would have no use for technical tools like I speak of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honda333 View Post
    Of course if someone else does the work you would have no use for technical tools like I speak of.
    FYI: a micrometer is not used to check run-out / out of round. You're thinking of a radial run-out gauge. Not sure either qualifies as a technical tool, however.

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    Run out, axial or lateral is measured with a dial gauge. At different times, I worked years as a mechanical inspector and a motorcycle mechanic.

    Dial gauges can also be used for direct measurement. My BMW uses shims to adjust valve clearance, and if shims have to be changed, the old one has to be measured to determine its actual thickness. My digital calipers doesn't have enough rigidity to make an accurate measurement. Made a fixture to hold a dial gauge I have to make the measurement.

    Wheel Balancer....-dial-gauge-jpg

    Cost me 20 minutes and didn't have to spend $100 + for a decent micrometer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_rubenstein View Post
    Run out, axial or lateral is measured with a dial gauge.
    Yes, they use a dial indicator / gauge.

    https://www.tru-bal.com/image/data/r....out.gauge.png
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