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    Wheel Balancer....

    Hey all,

    I'm going to buy a wheel balance one of these days.... what brand do you like?

    I've done some research and they all seem to have defects with crusty bearings, untrue axles and bent housings.....

    TIA

    Will

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    Senior Member HarveyM's Avatar
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    I went with a very simple Marc Parnes balancer when I started changing my own tires. Universal Motorcycle Wheel Balancer
    I asked what I needed to use it for the NC and here's Marc's response:
    "All you would need are two CNS cones to make a Universal out of it. You'll find them on my Spare Parts page.

    Thanks,
    Marc"

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    Super Moderator Wheel Balancer.... 670cc's Avatar
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    I use the one Harbor Freight sells. It may not be top notch equipment (speaking mainly of bearing quality) but it does a satisfactory job. It has adapted to every motorcycle or scooter wheel I’ve tried so far. I did have to replace the set screws on the cones because the Allen socket was some funky size that no wrench would fit well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarveyM View Post
    I went with a very simple Marc Parnes balancer...
    Same here. Have had for quite a few years now. Use with jack stands; works great.

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    Same here......3rd vote for the Parnes

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    I went with the Bike Master Wheel Balancer. Did the trick nicely!

    Bike Master Wheel Balancer And Truing Stand | 10% ($12.99) Off! - RevZilla

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    Use the Bike

    I use the bike. No special tools, just the weights. Let me explain the generic process....

    Put bike on center stand; or jack it up so wheel is off the ground. Make sure the wheel is vertical (perpendicular to the horizon); you may have to shim the center stand or jack. Remove any rolling friction from calipers, wheel spacers, Speedo drive, etc. I typically unbolt the caliper(s), wrap them in towels and bungee cord them aside; along with removing the wheel spacers on both sides of axle. You now have a built-in "wheel balancing stand". Proceed with balancing as you would on a stand.

    - If the wheel moves left or right on the axle it is not vertical and will rub on something making balancing impossible. I use a vertical level (built into most horizontal levels) held against the wheel or tire to verify.

    Questions? Ask away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikeman View Post
    I use the bike. No special tools, just the weights. Let me explain the generic process....

    Questions? Ask away!

    No guestions.......just too much friction in the “system”.

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    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.

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