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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone mount and balance their own tires?

It's time for a new rear tire for my 950, and I'm wondering whether I can reasonably expect to do a good job of mounting and balancing it myself. One of the books I've got says that static balancing is as effective as dynamic balancing, just that it takes longer. Anyone have experience with that? Is it true?

I'm a little skittish about doing something myself that's so critical to safety, but if it's something that I could do well myself - especially if it means I don't have to hand money over to the crappy, crappy dealer here in town - then I'd give it a shot. I think I can pick up a static balancer for not too much money.

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I dismount and remount my tires because I have access to a tire machine at work. But the balance machine won't work on motorcycle wheels.So I take them in for balancing.I have heard you can static balance a tire to a nats arse.If it's cheap I would pick one up. You may have to work at it a while to get it right.

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Good enough for me, I'm going to go for it. Harbor freight's got a static balancer for $50, and it's pretty well reviewed. In the end this will cost me a little more than getting it done at the dealer, but as always, I'll have the tools to do it again, and I'll save a ton of money next time.

Of course, now that I've got Cobra pipes on there instead of the stock muffler, I may have to drop the whole exhaust to get at the swingarm. Wish me luck!

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Have you contacted your local dealer about prices to mount and balance? The dealer by me charged 40 bucks per tire for a mount and balance. That was with me removing the wheels and bringing them in and the new tires. To me the money was well worth not having to get the tools to do the job and then store them, also to not have to risk damaging the wheel or the new tire doing the guesswork to do it the first time.

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Have you contacted your local dealer about prices to mount and balance?
Yeah, I have. They quoted me about the same, but they charge me $20 more if I buy the tire somewhere else and bring it in. And then the dealer says that they match prices, but when I told them the price for my tire at motorcycle-superstore, they said they'd match to $20 above the online price because that way, it's a wash. ($128 to buy the tire online + $60 to mount it, or $148 to buy it at the dealer + $40 to mount it.) That's the same kind of crap this dealer pulls all the time, and part of the reason I hate them so much. That's why I'll drive 30 miles to J&P Cycles to buy my engine oil instead of getting it here in town: just to avoid giving my money to the dealer when I don't have to.

I'm not worried about mounting the tire at all. I expect that this will be a fair amount of work and take me the better part of a day. All I'm concerned with is that the end result is good. If I can spend an hour and a half balancing one tire and have it end up balanced as well as the dealer can do in five minutes, then it's worth my time. Plus, I take some pride in doing as much of my own maintenance as I can manage. If I learn something from it, even better.

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Yeah, I have. They quoted me about the same, but they charge me $20 more if I buy the tire somewhere else and bring it in. And then the dealer says that they match prices, but when I told them the price for my tire at motorcycle-superstore, they said they'd match to $20 above the online price because that way, it's a wash. ($128 to buy the tire online + $60 to mount it, or $148 to buy it at the dealer + $40 to mount it.) That's the same kind of crap this dealer pulls all the time, and part of the reason I hate them so much. That's why I'll drive 30 miles to J&P Cycles to buy my engine oil instead of getting it here in town: just to avoid giving my money to the dealer when I don't have to.

I'm not worried about mounting the tire at all. I expect that this will be a fair amount of work and take me the better part of a day. All I'm concerned with is that the end result is good. If I can spend an hour and a half balancing one tire and have it end up balanced as well as the dealer can do in five minutes, then it's worth my time. Plus, I take some pride in doing as much of my own maintenance as I can manage. If I learn something from it, even better.
It won't take you long to get the balancing down pat. I just replaced the stock Dunlops on my '09 Stratoliner with new Bridgestone Exedras and each wheel/tire combo only took about 3/4 ounce of weight to balance. I've owned the No Mar "Cycle Hill" home tire changer/balancer set up for three years and it has more than paid for itself.

You can review this video for use with the Harbor Freight or No Mar static balancer.

http://www.nomartirechanger.com/video/show/29
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