Static Tire Balancer--Is this one any good?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by espacef1fan, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    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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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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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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  3. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

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    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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  4. gallinastrips

    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    Got the Marc Parnes too and am very happy with it, nice workmanship:1drink
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  5. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    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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    this is going to be one fantastic day.
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  7. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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    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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  8. Global Rider

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    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. :wink:

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