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Wheel balancing

Postby DustyWheels » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:55 pm

just wonder how many ppl s balance there wheels ?


I've done my last few fronts myself using "spoke" type weights, but got my last rear done by a dealer as it required 200g , (UHD tube), they used the stick on type weights, but unlike the spoke type they are not reuseable, that I'm aware of.

I've read where some don't even bother with the rear ?

I'm looking at buying a balancer/truing stand, so thought I'd see what the brains trust thought/used :ne_nau:
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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby 1coolbanana » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:03 pm

I like to have them balanced, I think it makes a difference when youre doing a long haul at decent speeds but many will disagree I suppose.
Big bikes, higher speeds, I think its a good thing.
I had a Marc Parnes wheel balancer, great thing but I stupidly sold it just recently thinking that Ill just get the shop to do it since they used to only charge me $10 for fitting and balancing.
Then recently the price went to $25, I wish Id kept it now :(

This is the balancer i had, Ill end up just making one when I get the chance, simple enough to do.
The end caps have a couple $2 bearings

Dont worry about the big flange, thats for a GS wheels.

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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby DustyWheels » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:45 pm

thanx Marc, just ordered one of these

http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/T7T ... l-balancer

just need to decide which type of weights I prefer or try these

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/motorcycle.htm
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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby 1coolbanana » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:03 pm

That balancer is great for the price, Ill get one once I get my new shed :)

You cant use beads with tubes?

I prefer spoke weight obviously because they are re-usable but Ive struggled to find places to buy them
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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby DustyWheels » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:13 pm

oh yes never thought of that, will blame that on lack of sleep (nightshift)

I'm about to order some on Flea-bay


http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/330419877498 ... 1438.l2649
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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby 1coolbanana » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:16 pm

Yeah, thats the go.
Why cant we get stuff in OZ :ne_nau:

What do they work out to in grams?
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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby DustyWheels » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:31 pm

1 oz is around 28grams, can order a set or two for you Marc if you like ?
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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby 1coolbanana » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:42 pm

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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby steve » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:06 pm

1coolbanana wrote:Yeah, thats the go.
Why cant we get stuff in OZ :ne_nau:

What do they work out to in grams?



No one buys enough of it to keep production going?

http://terra-x.com.au/wheel-weights/

Definitely balance wheels, if you don't do it you will probably be surprised how much more comfortable and less drained you are on high speed tar sections. Oh and I wish I saw that wheel balancer before I made my own.

As far as truing goes I think for offroad use its a bit of a waste, I stuck my 2 year old front wheel on a truing stand and couldnt believe how mangled the rim was already, it was a pointless exercise.

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Re: Wheel balancing

Postby Strombow » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:17 am

I know it is a bit rough but solder wrapped around the spokes works well and stays put. I find it is very worthwhile balancing the wheels as it makes the bike as smooth as it can be for those high speed slab runs home.
The rear wheel on my DR I found it was easier to fit a second rimlock rather than have all the extra weight added to the spokes. Rimlocks weigh about 40 grams so require atleast that amount to balance opposite often more because you are working in from the rim and the rimlock is outside the rim. Steve


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