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    Front Tire Balancing

    New to TW's. Am looking to swap out my front tire to a Shinko 241 based on the forum here.

    Went to CycleGear to price out and they were charging $50 to mount. Dirt bike tires are $25, but... He said that they charge more because they balance the rim.

    Is this true with TW's? Of all the forum members swapping out their own tires, I doubt all the forum members are self balancing.

    Can you confirm?

    Thank you

    P.S. The local CycleGear said they've stopped selling Shinko's because they explode. Although I've never heard anything in the forums of this.

    P.S.S. He said they don't sell them, but they sell them on their web site.
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    Very weird...I never balanced mine but I'm off road. I've had it up to 70kph and seemed fine.

    I have no idea what this fool was referring to about exploding. Over inflating an ATV tire on a TW rim maybe but the sr241 are really soft rubber and super easy to mount.

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    If you don't stock it, knock it.
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    I am not sure if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, but if you are, where are you located?

    I got my Shinko 241 mounted at Motowrx in Livermore for $20.

    (p.s. I never balance my wheels)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    I am not sure if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, but if you are, where are you located?

    I got my Shinko 241 mounted at Motowrx in Livermore for $20.

    (p.s. I never balance my wheels)


    Are you saying I should pull those weights off since I changed my own tire??
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    just buy some tire spoons and do it yourself, costs less than having someone do it for you and then you will have some spoons in your tool kit.
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    Do it yourself and add ride-on to the tube, which will seal small holes and balance the tire. I never balanced the wheels on the WR and I have had it up to 80 mph with no wheel balance issues. I use ride-on in the VStrom tires and I have had it up to 100 mph with no wheel balance issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejfranz View Post
    Do it yourself and add ride-on to the tube, which will seal small holes and balance the tire. I never balanced the wheels on the WR and I have had it up to 80 mph with no wheel balance issues. I use ride-on in the VStrom tires and I have had it up to 100 mph with no wheel balance issues.
    +1 on Ride-on
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    I balance mine with a similar version to this pic. Mounting and balancing is a skill that once learned will save you some money. I actually enjoy doing it.
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    Another invalid attachment...
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