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    Rear tire replacement question

    Going to be replacing my rear tire as soon as it arrives and I have one question. After I replace the tire what about balancing the tire. Is that a concern, do I need to worry about that? If yes, how do I go about balancing it.? Thanks for the help.

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    The tire is mounted!!! I have a local indie shop that I never used before, read bad reviews, but I stopped in and talked to the guy. I don't know why all the bad reviews. He said $25 to mount/balance the new tire. $25? That couldn't be. So I pulled the rear wheel and took it into him and he did the job in the 3-hour window i asked for. I was impressed, I bought his lunch that day.
    The only down side is I'm no longer flat-footed at a stop light, that's how worn my tire was.
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    I used RideOn tire sealant, it has balancing properties as well. I think this is the easiest option.
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    harbor freight has a motorcycle tire balancing stand, works great

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    You may not need to balance it at all, assuming you're doing the work at home and not at a motorcycle shop. I replaced my rear tire at home this past summer and it did not need to balanced. Nor was there any balance weights when the stock tire was on.

    If it does need to be balanced, you'll have to weigh the cost of buying the equipment and products as mentioned above, versus taking the tire to a m/c shop and having them balance it for you. Both products listed above are good alternatives for the DIY mechanic. I like the Ride On, as it suppose to balance the tire and help prevent flats. Good luck.
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    Just put the axle through the hub and support the ends on blocks or something--accurate enough for our purposes. Mark the low spot on the rim and tire. Deflate the tire and slide the tire around the rim. With a few patient tries I can usually balance a motorcycle tire without weights, or at least reduce the weight needed. There are weights available with a slot in them that slide over the spoke, and centrifugal force holds them tight when you push them down on the nipple. Simple and effective.

    Ride-On is in every tire I own. It is that good.



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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Ride-On is in every tire I own. It is that good.
    ++1!

    6,800 miles exploring old mine areas without a flat.....
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    Hello qwerty,great info as usual.

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    I see Amazon has the 32oz RideOn for $20, free shipping.

    *EDIT* My mistake. This is the ATV formula....not for motorcycles.
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    I used ride-on as well.

    I notice the front smoothed right out and the bars don't shake!

    Havent had had a flat yet either.
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    +1 on H.F. balancer. I have some football shaped lead weights that I've drilled larger to the spoke width (can't remember size). Then I did a hot dog bun cut length wise with a hack saw. Stick a dab of silicone on the spoke, vise grip the weight on, and you're good to go. Hardest part is finding lead weights here in Kalifornia.
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