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Old 11-18-2012, 09:19 PM   #16
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I also have the Harbor Freight balancer. Take the bearings out, peel out the bearing shields and toss 'em. Then flush out the grease and lube with very light oil. You'll be able to balance to a 1/4 ounce or less no problem.
then when your bearings get dirt in then they will work much worse.

You can pop a shield, wash out the grease, oil and put the shield back in. But really, it is plenty close with them in. I never feel a shake

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Old 11-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #17
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psh make your own. I made this out of wood lying around.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:00 AM   #18
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I don't get it... what's wrong with the stock axle and two lawnchairs ?

no, really.
Or picnic table, chunk of 4X4 just right and stock axle.... Really cheap.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:22 AM   #19
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Or picnic table, chunk of 4X4 just right and stock axle.... Really cheap.
I use 1/2" round stock with a magnetic torpedo level hung from it, pretty simple. No point in over thinking this shit eh? I have my favorite tires like everyone and when chainging like for like it pretty much never changes.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:11 PM   #20
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I use 1/2" round stock with a magnetic torpedo level hung from it, pretty simple. No point in over thinking this shit eh? I have my favorite tires like everyone and when chainging like for like it pretty much never changes.

Seriously does not matter a hell of a lot. First time you hit a BFR it changes anyway! Only the Starbucks crowd agonizes over wheel balancing. They don't ride over BFRs.....
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #21
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psh make your own. I made this out of wood lying around.
Did something similar for my DL1000. Made some quick & dirty uprights, far cruder than the pic above, with 90 degree "V" notches rather than round holes. Then I bought an 18" piece of 20mm shaft stock and a pair of open 20mm ID bearings from McMaster-Carr. The bearings rest in the notches.

Wheels are balanced with MotionPro stick-on weights to higher speeds than I care to push the Strom - all is good.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #22
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I just bought the HF one, nice enough piece.

I had just tried Dyna Beads and after swapping tires on/off and testing the beads, the weights and nothing I'm convinced that nothing is just fine. I can't find a difference between any of them.

My front wheel took 3/4 oz and I can remove it with no effect at all up to 100 MPH.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:54 PM   #23
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Seriously does not matter a hell of a lot. First time you hit a BFR it changes anyway! Only the Starbucks crowd agonizes over wheel balancing. They don't ride over BFRs.....
I dont balance my dirtbike tires, USUALLY. unless its a dualsport. My sportbike tires are a different story, hence the thread;)
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:27 PM   #24
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Got the Marc Parnes too and am very happy with it, nice workmanship
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #25
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Got the Marc Parnes too and am very happy with it, nice workmanship
Another +1 for Marc Parnes. Have had it for 4+ years. Very nicely made.

There are crap tools that just get thrown around. Then there are others that I depend on for good accuracy and look/feel right for the job. MP balancer is one that I like to take out of the box and use.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:37 AM   #26
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There are crap tools that just get thrown around.... Then there are others that I depend on for good accuracy.... is one that I like to take out of the box and use....



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Old 12-07-2012, 10:02 AM   #27
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save your money if you dont care for the truing stand.. I use the harbor frieght one and it works just fine..

http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...and-98488.html
Yep! Got that one. Dealers in my area hate me because everyone changes their tires in my garage. I welded up a receiver mount for the Harbor Freight wheel changer too. We change tires on the side of the road, at track days, etc.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:43 AM   #28
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I'm kind of done dealing with dealers and shops.
I can understand that. Why pay for substandard work?

I built one similar to the one in your link for under $30. It acts as a wheel balancing and truing stand.

I used precision Swiss bearings without seals (you ought to see this thing resolve), some sheet metal that I sheared and bent for the base and 1"x 3" tubing for the uprights. It was nicely TIG welded.

There was no way I was going to let anybody change my tires and nick a rim, so why stop there.

BTW, balance your wheel rim by itself just to find the heavy spot. Then install your tire accordingly.
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