Tire/wheel balancing in Bay Area

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by cme4lyt, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. cme4lyt

    cme4lyt Been here awhile

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    I'm having a new rear tire mounted and a new front tube inserted into an existing front wheel by a buddy who will be tru-ing the wheels as well.

    I will need to get them balanced after the whole deal. Cycle Gear will only balance if you by their stuff !

    Anybody have a solution in the Walnut Creek/East Bay Area or beyond ?

    Thanks...Jonathan
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  2. cme4lyt

    cme4lyt Been here awhile

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    Bump for help !!
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  3. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Which bike, Jonathan? I never bothered or seemed to notice the need for on my XR650R.
    But for a shop, only one I could suggest would be Addiction Motors in Emeryville. Sorry, nothing closer comes to mind.
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  4. RocknTroll

    RocknTroll Been here awhile

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    Kinda depends, if yer bikes got an axel, I got a radial balancer. Pretty easy to make couple skate bearings and some metal to bolt em to. seem to work pretty good but I don't go oner the ton too often...\\






    oh yeah in West Sac
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  5. Sport

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  6. cme4lyt

    cme4lyt Been here awhile

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    Thanks folks ! That gives me some options...

    My TE450 needs work. Rear tire is almost gone and the 'tubliss system' is a joke. Very hard to balance so I'm going back to traditional tires and tubes.

    Thanks..




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  7. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    if all else fails Harbor Freight sells a MC wheel balancer for $50 or so and carries wheel weights too...I'm leery of HF tools in general but this one has worked OK for me

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  8. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    My buddy at one point offered me his balancer. I've emailed him if he still has it and if I can get it. So it might turn out to one stop shopping.
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    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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  10. cme4lyt

    cme4lyt Been here awhile

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    That would be nice !!!!!!



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  11. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    MotoWRX in Livermore can balance the tires for you. http://motowrx.com/

    Ask for Andy. He'll even probably let you stand out in the shop and talk to him while he's doing it.

    I know of a place in Folsom that will do just balancing as well, but that's a bit far for you.
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  12. Skater

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    I just bought the HF balencer on sale for 40 bones. Worked good although I did have to straighten the shaft a touch. Definitely worth learning diy balancing and truing. Both are pretty asy to figure out with no instruction. Just think about it a bit.
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  13. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    I just bought one too. I still don't have the shaft quite straight.

    I have a Brembo rim from a wrecked bike that I could fool around with. The bearings have a bit too much drag to work as well as I would like, but it should work well enough to get a tire balanced "in the ballpark".

    Since I intend to mount my next rear tire on the XR, the balancer will come in handy when I do it.

    Anybody near Sacramento is welcome to come use it. Just give me a little advance notice.
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