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post #1 of 14 Old May 26th, 2015, 7:14 am Thread Starter
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Rear wheel balancing

I have a 5000 mile lt and am replacing tires. I noticed the factory didn't balance the rear tire. Is it recommended to balance the rear tire on these bikes? I know that was the original tire on the bike. Thanks in advance....

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Re: Rear wheel balancing

When I had my 2000 K1200LT the rear tire would sometimes be perfect & not need any weights, other times it would only take 1 or 2 weights to balance it. It will depend on how will the rim is balanced and how will the tire is balanced from the factory.

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Re: Rear wheel balancing

I have a standard balancer. Do I need any extra adapters to balance the lt wheels?

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I have a standard balancer. Do I need any extra adapters to balance the lt wheels?
I used the cheap harbor freight balancer (with a new, straight rod) with nothing special. worked a peach.

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Re: Rear wheel balancing

Just a data point my 05 came from the factory with no wheel weights and it was butter smooth. Over the last 90 K + I have gone through quite a few tires and some required as little as a 1/8 oz and some required 3 oz.
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Re: Rear wheel balancing

you might think about dyna beads been using them on the front and back .I really like them would recommend them.
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Re: Rear wheel balancing

I used dynabeads in my rear tire last time. I like it so far.

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+1 on the dyna beads. Used in the last 4 tire changes....

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Re: Rear wheel balancing

I've used Dynabeads and liked them, trying RideOn Sealant to see if that's any good. Liking it so far, but I start with a balanced wheel hoping that the auto balancing will lengthen the life of the tire (one can dream...!!).

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post #10 of 14 Old Jun 9th, 2015, 7:26 pm
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Re: Rear wheel balancing

If you use a car type balancer you'll need to pull the large threaded spindle off put the motorcycle one on.

This is my balancer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj8o2xTJoBI
don't show the motorcycle adapter there tho.

The motorcycle attachment looks weird like this:
http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225...eWAkaMhC9g.jpg

Not sure how static balancer would work because most motorcycle wheels have two bearing spots. This doesn't just 5th bolt hole.

Anything over 70mph and it self balances anyway. Just like the european washing machines. Thing bounces all over, but when it hits 1400rpm smooth.

Never tried the beads inside the tire... sounds like bs to me, just balance the damn thing properly.

However, yes, most motorcycle tires are much thinner than auto/truck tires and weight considerably less so will not require nearly as much balance weights.
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post #11 of 14 Old Jun 10th, 2015, 8:30 am
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Trust me on this one: use Ride-on and forget balancing!
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Re: Rear wheel balancing

I've used the beads for the last few years and they work great on Gold Wings. My LT seems to have a slight wobble/balance issue at very low speeds. I'm assuming that may be because of the slightly cupped tires from the PO that didn't ride much and didn't keep the air pressure up.

Budzee: I'm curious about the Ride-on product. How long have you used it and have you replaced any tires since using it? Does is leave a lot of residue or buildup of the sealant on the rim? Curious.
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Trust me on this one: use Ride-on and forget balancing!
Not to get very far off topic, but does anyone know if something like Slime or Ride-on would negatively affect valve stem-mounted tire pressure monitors?

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Re: Rear wheel balancing

I have used Ride-on on several bikes for 4-5 years now. I get my tires changed at a local Honda/Suzuki/HD dealer and they just wipe it off the rim with a rag, never heard any complaints. The guys at the dealer are real distance riders riding thousands of miles a year. They all use ride-on.
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