Used TKC80s on 1150

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  1. Kracked Sprokit

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    I picked up a cheap set of TKC80s with about 200-300 miles on them. However, I can't find a marker on the front or rear indicating where the valve stem goes. If Conti marked them with an ink dot, it is gone now.

    Anyone have advice on getting them in close to the right spot on the rim? I'm mounting myself with no balancer. I've been using Dyna Beads.
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  2. rdwalker

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    I recall that I did not see the marker on my own set, either. No problem with balancing, though - I would not sweat the issue.

    On my first DIY tire change and balancing I went totally anal: I checked the wheel bare, without tire, then tried to rotate the tire to various positions to achieve minimum balancing weight (that was with a 100% road tire, presumably more finicky than the TKC's).

    Then, later on, I realized that I have been riding with missing weights and I felt no difference. I came to appreciate that balancing is nice, but not critical.

    Now, I still do balance my tires, using a Marc Parnes' setup, but I do not loose sleep over it.

    Just mount the tire and enjoy it. I found the TKC's to be a great dual-purpose set, though it is short-lived on pavement.
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  3. Ken Fritz

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    I agree with what he said, IF the used tires are round. No balancing will fix an out of round tire, so if they are round, ride'em. If they aren't round, take'em off and get rid of them.
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  4. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Throw 2oz of air soft pellets in the tire and call it good. I've never balanced a tire, but a few years ago started doing the air soft pellet thing, seems to work well.
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  5. Kracked Sprokit

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    Well, they're on. Put some left over Dyna beads in em. I like the airsoft idea. I know truckers use BBs and small ball bearings.

    Thanks for the advice fellers! :ricky
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