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Anyone know of a place to get the rear tire of my GT balanced near Tacoma? I had it changed at cycle gear and they called and said they did not have the correct equipment to balance it. I would feel a bit funny taking it to the BMW dealer now.
 

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I can send you my Marc Parnes balancer if you promise to send it back promptly and you cover the shipping. . .
 

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You're welcome to use my Marc Parnes balancer (with GT attachment), but you'd have to ride down to Hillsboro to pick it up as I'm in Boston this week, then Toronto, then NY.
 

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Thanks for the great offers gentlemen. But you guys are not in Tacoma!! How much need I invest to buy one of those balancers and a tire changing set up?
 

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You can find the balancer kits at www.MarcParnes.com for about $100 IIRC.

If there is a Harbor Freight store near you, check out the attachment below for a deal on the changer and motorcycle adapter. Web site may honor the printer flyer price if you can't get to a store, but you may have to contact customer service to get them to modify your order for you.

HTH.
 

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Tony,
Thanks for the info, I will print out your ad and take it to my local harbor freight. I'll check out the parnes website also. You the man... It seems that almost every Oregon member has this set up but no one up here that I know of.
 

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The Marcparnes balancer has been ordered, Thanks again gents.
 

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washington Tire Man

Oh oh Brian, you better watch out now! You get that tire changer to go with your Marc Parnes balancer and you will be the new official tire man for your area!

It is great to be able to do it yourself buddy.

(From my hotel in Laughlin Nevada)

John
 

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The Marcparnes balancer has been ordered, Thanks again gents.
Dam you act fast. I just saw the thread. I have a balancer that I made. You could of come out and used it. Works great on a LT wheel or is the GT wheel really different? Have fun.

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Yes, the rear GT wheel is really different. The inner hole is much larger, and needs a special adapter.
 

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sanjaun2 said:
Tony,
Thanks for the info, I will print out your ad and take it to my local harbor freight. I'll check out the parnes website also. You the man... It seems that almost every Oregon member has this set up but no one up here that I know of.
Proud to be of service, Brian.

When you get the tire mounter home, remember that it needs to be secured to the ground so it doesn't tip when you put that elbow grease into it. I have seen some folks who mount it to 4x4 lumber. I found some sleeves at Lowes. Drill the hold in the concrete, insert the sleeve and secure it by tightening the bolt, then back out the bolt so you don't have to leave it in the middle of the garage/driveway. I have some concrete patch material to make the hole nice & smooth around the sleeve.

Can bolt it in place when I need it, and unbolt it and shove in a corner when I don't.

Also, buy some Plasti-Dipt or similar product and dip the wheel grabber bits two or three coats into that goo. Puts a rubber coating on them so they don't scratch up the wheels. HomeDepot and Lowe's didn't carry it, but the local Ace Hardware had it in several colors.

Don't forget a couple of tire spoons. Found some at a local motorsports shop. Many here talk about the NoMar brand spoons and rods.

It's a bunch to get up front, but a couple of tire changes and you're probably ahead, especially at the HF sale price on the changer. :)
 

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Tony,Thanks again for the info, Very good tips.Has anyone used the harbor frieght tire mounter on the GT tires? They are tremendously stiffer than LT tires.
Bill, How's the bike coming along? How about You?
 

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Bill, How's the bike coming along? How about You?
I'm doing pretty good but I'm still waiting for the parts. I've only ridden it once since it happened. The right riders peg is so worn down that I'm not sure it would hold if I need it to. So when the parts get here I'm be off and running.

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Bill,
Give them another call, Show them that you are interested in getting your parts.
 

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Congratulations! New Sheriff in Town!

sanjaun2 said:
The Marcparnes balancer has been ordered, Thanks again gents.
About time someone set up shop up there! :D

Brian, if you need any adapters I would be willing to make them for you and your new balancer/tire tools. So far I've got tools for the following: LT, RT, Honda Valk, ST13, and VFR. To start making the GT tools and have some on hand for helping friends would be good.

We will be returning home from Redding on Wednesday evening if you still need some help I could possibly run up there Thursday with my balancer and weights.
 

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I have the GT adapters and a universal adapter so I can do GT or LT wheels. Ernie, I'll bring mine over some time so you can see the adapters and also check the bearings.
 

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sanjaun2 said:
Tony,Thanks again for the info, Very good tips.Has anyone used the harbor frieght tire mounter on the GT tires? They are tremendously stiffer than LT tires.
Bill, How's the bike coming along? How about You?
The dayem HF wouldn't hold the GT wheels. They kept popping out and scratching the snot out of my rims when it happened. I had to spoon the tires off and on by hand.



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Here's a pic of how I did my "install" of the HF tire machine. I ripped some 4x4 to 3 inches. I notched the center of each one and drilled the mounting holes. It breaks down quick and small.

Picture is not showing up for me. I put the link directly into the browser and get a message that need to sign in to k-bikes.com. :confused:
 
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