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post #1 of 7 Old Apr 10th, 2007, 9:11 am Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I had a local Honda Dealer remove my rear tire to adjust a band on my Smart Tire Pressure Monitoring System (long story) a couple of weeks ago. He was able to fix the issue but he said he was unable to balance the tire because they did not have the proper collar/insert/something to fit the BMW rim. They said the opening was smaller than what their equipment would work on. The guy at the Honda dealership said that the balancing should not matter since it was the same tire he removed and put back on, and that he put it back on exactly as it came off.

Is this true that balancing the wheel after installing the tire would have no effect or was he just blowing smoke?

Thanks for any information.

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I'm no expert, but I don't think he's blowing smoke. Sounds logical to me.
Simple question: How does it feel at 35, 45, 55, 65, 75mph? Any difference? Vibrations?
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Great question Joe. I have ridden the bike and at 80 it seemed that the bike had a sense of vibration in it that I hadn't noticed before. Now mind you, it could be COMPLETELY fabricated in my brain because "they weren't able to balance the tire". That's what I'm trying to figure out.

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I'm no expert, but I don't think he's blowing smoke. Sounds logical to me.
Simple question: How does it feel at 35, 45, 55, 65, 75mph? Any difference? Vibrations?

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he moved the sensor to a different part of the rim when he adjusted the band. If he did not move it then it would seem that if he placed the tire in the exact same spot on the rim then the weights should be the remain the same.


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Hey guys, I had a local Honda Dealer remove my rear tire to adjust a band on my Smart Tire Pressure Monitoring System (long story) a couple of weeks ago. He was able to fix the issue but he said he was unable to balance the tire because they did not have the proper collar/insert/something to fit the BMW rim. They said the opening was smaller than what their equipment would work on. The guy at the Honda dealership said that the balancing should not matter since it was the same tire he removed and put back on, and that he put it back on exactly as it came off.

Is this true that balancing the wheel after installing the tire would have no effect or was he just blowing smoke?

Thanks for any information.

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Thanks John. What I understand that he did, and unfortunately I was not right there beside him when he was doing the work, was that he loosened the band, re-centered the metal covering (half circle) over the valve stem, re-tightened the band and put it all back together. The half-circle had been shifted over in a tire-valve repair work done by a general tire shop in Waco.

I might just go ahead and take my wheel to a BMW shop to have them make sure it is balanced to ease my mind.

I have learned the importance of new and properly operating valve stems. I'm not sure if the PO had new valve stem's installed at the last tire change, but the one I had on there gave up on me during a day trip. You don't want one of those to give out on you on a trip. Been there, done that. No fun! I was fortunate and was able to get a stem replaced pretty quickly, but it could have easily gone the other way.

Thanks for the help!

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he moved the sensor to a different part of the rim when he adjusted the band. If he did not move it then it would seem that if he placed the tire in the exact same spot on the rim then the weights should be the remain the same.

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or you can come over to my son's place in Keller this weekend and I will bring my Marc Parnes balancer with me. Sat evening or Sunday noon would work for me. Takes about 15 minutes.

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or you can come over to my son's place in Keller this weekend and I will bring my Marc Parnes balancer with me. Sat evening or Sunday noon would work for me. Takes about 15 minutes.

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