Tire change and wheel balance, wire spoke GS wheels

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by manfromthestix, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. mff

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    Been using dynabeads for several years- great product!
    Has anyone tried BB's? - since you are installing them - as you install the tire.
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  2. Mojaveboxer

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    Good tutorial. Will have to try out those curvy tire irons the ones from harbor freight just don't cut it.
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  3. Dirty Bling

    Dirty Bling Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the pics and complete how-to,I bought a set of Tourance from Motorcycle Super store and my local BMW dealer has a new policy this year "IF YOU DONT BUY THE TIRES FROM US WE WONT MOUNT THEM"...so :fyyff...... I'm ordering the Marc Parnes balancer and weights and doin it my self,,,,,,,, THANKS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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  4. Dirty Bling

    Dirty Bling Been here awhile

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    What about valve stems ? do I go back to the BMW dealer :deal or what ??
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  5. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    http://www.bobsbmw.com/

    this link works
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  6. huggybear

    huggybear Been here awhile

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    I have these tire irons I am sure they are the same irons 15" curved AppliedRace.com 800 853 0555
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  7. GSA GIRL

    GSA GIRL Been here awhile

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    No-Mar tire changers are very nice also. Kind of pricey for a manual changer, but the Nylon Blocks and Leavers eliminate any chance of scratching the wheel. I just LOVE mine. :clap
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  8. Chainring

    Chainring 2 Wheels Rock!

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    The local BMW dealer here will mount and balance for free if I purchase the tires from them and bring in just the wheel. The same deal is offered by another local independent moto parts shop. But I must admit, I really want to do this myself, not just to save some precious money, but to learn how to do it in my own garage before I have to do it on the side of the road or trail. Thanks for the great tutorial!
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  9. Dirty Bling

    Dirty Bling Been here awhile

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    I got the Parnes balancer and the valve stems from motorcycleanchor.com today, now I'm just waiting on the curved tire irons from Pit Posse and I'm putting on new Tourances this week... :D
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  10. Wanderingman

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    What a fantastic piece of work! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

    I ordered new Avon Distanzia's from the Motorcycle Superstore. They matched the lowest on-line price I could find and shipped for free. No local dealers could touch the pricing. Furthermore, no local dealers would touch my GSA to mount them! They claimed they didn't have the "wherewithall" to do it. I called the closest BMW dealer(about a 3.5 hour ride away...one way) and they wanted $70/tire + tax(+ travel time + fuel). I decided to jump in and do it myself.

    Those 16" curvy tire irons are the deal. I only had one of them with two shorter straight ones(3-pack from Motorcycle Superstore), but could imagine how much easier it would have been with two more 16"ers. Either way, the tire went on with some heavy duty silicon spray and a little effort. BTW, I used WD40 to clean the inside of rim since I know it doesn't affect the dye coloring on my rim. Did a fine job.

    I talked to a buddy who knows some riders who also own/run an auto repair service. They claim I do not need to rebalance(continue using the existing weights) the wheels since it is a tubeless tire. I'm wondering if anyone else by-passes this step and what your experience has been???
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  11. word1

    word1 I'm working on it...

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    I don't agree with the thought that you don't need to rebalance because it is a tubeless tire. :patch

    When the tire maker 'marks' the light spot on a tire it allows you to position the tire on the wheel to minimize the amount of weight needed. Once you locate the true heavy spot of the bare wheel and determine how much weight the wheel needs to balance, you can often remount the same brand/model of tire without much change.

    I've tried many different tires on our machines (and mounted tires for other folks) and in my experience, only Metzeler and Bridgestone mark the tire. I've never seen marks on Michelin (Anakee & Pilot Road), Conti (RA & TA) or Avon (Storm & Azarro). Dunno about Dunlop, etc...

    When remounting Tourance on my GS, or Z6 on mrs word1's Roadster, the amount and location of wheel weights doesn't change much. However, when remounting Conti Road Attacks on my GS, or Avon Storm on the Roadster it's a total crap shoot: the location and amount of wheel weight is completely random. I suspect I could dismount & spin the tire on the rim, but it's not worth the effort for me.

    FWIW, I check balance every time I mount a tire. It doesn't take much time (thanks, Marc Parnes :wave) so why not?

    _jay
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  12. PukaWai

    PukaWai Been here awhile

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    Nice write-up and pics, doug. I might add a couple of things: If you don't have a 3/4 ton pickup, a 2x4, and old railroad parts about, then look into this gizmo: http://www.tyrepliers.com.au/ Works great, although there are only a couple of places in the US that sell them. If you are a tinkerer and have a welding machine, it would not be that tough to make. As a lubricant I use ru-glyde, which you can find at Napa. Works better than anything else I've tried on rubber. Too bad it doesn't come in anything smaller than 1 gal.
    If you're in So. Cal, I've gotten the curvy irons at Chaparral in San Bernardino.
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  13. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Dennis Kirk and Lockhart Philips have the nice long tire irons.

    the famous james
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  14. hazard

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    WIll try when the time comes. May get a balancer from Marc, but for now I use the dyna beads on the GT. Had it up to 140 and ran smooth.
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  15. dsavage

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    Got tired of paying $100 labor and retail for tires so I bought a tire changer from Harbour Freight. Went to Marc Parnes website and ordered a balancer and actually talked to the man. He suggested that I buy a gallon of RuGlide from NAPA instead of using soap and water to lubricate the tires. This is some kind of slippery stuff that made it easy for this Noob to remove the stock tires. Also ordered a set of MoJo blocks and a MoJo tool. They work great. You can get to his website from a link on Marc Parnes. My total cost is around $300 and I will get that back in no time.
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  16. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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  17. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Looks like fun if you have the time, but I pull the wheel, drive 4 miles and the guy swaps them out in about 5 minutes with a real tire machine, usually for $5. Dynabeads for balance.
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  18. alainmax

    alainmax ca vaut le detour !!

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    hi Doug,.

    fantastic tutorial as I freak out thinking about my first and next flat on the road. thank you for taking the time and photos are great

    Which patches are you using and where do you get them ?? ( the ones you keep with you while riding)??

    thank you , thank you so much
    please PM me
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  19. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    :clap :clap I just read the thread and it convinced me that even this Noob could do this. I just ordered the Marc Parnes BMW Tire Balance Kit, I know what I'll be doing this weekend. That is after I tend to Mrs. Adv Randy's Valentine!!!

    Thx for doing this thread. . . . . :thumb :thumb
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  20. ADV Fool

    ADV Fool Been here awhile

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    I can get a set of MEZ6's for the RT or Tourances for the GS shipped to my door for under $215, so after only one tire change I'm already saving money. Doug

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    $215 for front and rear Tourances? Where can I buy them?

    Thx ADV Randy
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