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Old 03-18-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
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Question Tire balancing beads?

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/

I stumbled across this recently, and its a pretty cool idea. I'd been looking at mounting my own tires on the motorcycle with some tire irons to help save a little money, but there was always the issue of balancing. I mean why mount your own tire if you still have to drop it off to get balanced?

Well these look like they may have that problem solved. I've never heard of this, but it does make sense. The pro's are that they constantly adjust, meaning your tires will never be out of balance. Not to mention the fact that you won't get those ugle rim scars from hammer on weights or the goo from tape on wheel weights!

Has anyone used these? Any input?
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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never used them on a bike. but tried them in commercial vehicle tires. THEY SUCK. waste of time and money and will get no where close to as good a balance as mounted weights.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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I've put beads into customers bikes at their request and have had mixed results; some rave about them and others have had wobble or vibrations.
On the other hand, I've yet to have an issue with a static balanced tire when properly done.
My 2 cents, ymmv.
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I always prefer a Dynamic but a good static (right in the center line of the front wheel) works well too.
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never used them on a bike. but tried them in commercial vehicle tires. THEY SUCK. waste of time and money and will get no where close to as good a balance as mounted weights.
Yup.... used on the sidecar in my avtar and my first XJ600....

Useless....

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:01 PM   #7
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I posted a link on how to make your own tire changing station including balancing. I'm on my phone right now so I can't search for it but should be easy to find

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Lokati I remember the thread, I was chasing a simpler alternative- thats all!

I won't be wasting my time, thanks for the input everyone!
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