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post #1 of 12 Old 10-09-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Conti Trail Attack Mounting

Hey Conti TA owners! Just got my continental trail attack skins. Can't find a heavy spot marked on the tires... Is the balance on the conti's good enough to not worry about aligning heavy end of the tire with the light end of the wheel?

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They don't come with a mark on them.they're supposed to be balanced enough to no need one.
I've mounted one front and two rears so far, and never had to put on too much weights.

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I have heard nothing but good things about the trail attacks, but couldn't find a sweet enough deal. I just got my bridgestone battle wings in this week, and plan to mount them this weekend (I have never done this before).

So the mark is for the heavy side of the tire? Would it be safe to assume that the tire can be mounted with this mark opposite of the wheel weights and be fairly balanced? I had planned to jerry-rig a balancing stand using steel dowel but I'm not sure if it will work.
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I have heard nothing but good things about the trail attacks, but couldn't find a sweet enough deal. I just got my bridgestone battle wings in this week, and plan to mount them this weekend (I have never done this before).

So the mark is for the heavy side of the tire? Would it be safe to assume that the tire can be mounted with this mark opposite of the wheel weights and be fairly balanced? I had planned to jerry-rig a balancing stand using steel dowel but I'm not sure if it will work.
The "dot" represents the lightest spot, not the heaviest. You mount the dot close to the valve stem as possible. The original weights need to be removed and then the tire will need to be balanced... Re-install the weights (may need more weight, may need less weight) appropriately to balance the tire... In other words, you may need to buy some "stick on" weights to get the balance proper.

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Or you could just go with Dyna Beads. I was a skeptic about them until the last time I put new tires on the Valkyrie. The dealer asked if I wanted to try them & I said "sure". I have been completely happy with the results. Next time the Wee needs tires, I'm giving the Beads a shot.

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I just installed a set of Trail Attacks yesterday, and had the same confusion until I did a little searching and found that they don't mark them. I used dynabeads anyway though so no matter (hopefully). I won't get to give them a thorough test until monday, but they do turn in faster than the OEM Trailwings.

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balancing these tires

Guys, I tried to get my front tire in for balancing, but the shop closed before I could get there (I had done my back tire earlier in the day). Tried a rough balance on my own using axel and a level split bench. The wheel and tire with no weight seemed stable at any position. For giggles I then added one of the original suzuki weights back to the wheel, an it definitely threw off the balance. The suzuki wieght is 1/4 oz. I think this tire is good as is with no weight. How much more balancing is needed if my rough balancing is sensitive to a 1/4 oz weight??

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Guys, I tried to get my front tire in for balancing, but the shop closed before I could get there (I had done my back tire earlier in the day). Tried a rough balance on my own using axel and a level split bench. The wheel and tire with no weight seemed stable at any position. For giggles I then added one of the original suzuki weights back to the wheel, an it definitely threw off the balance. The suzuki wieght is 1/4 oz. I think this tire is good as is with no weight. How much more balancing is needed if my rough balancing is sensitive to a 1/4 oz weight??
In my experience on two other bikes that's quite likely good enough.
Unless maybe you're breaking the ton regularly.
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Or order some US UltraSeal, remove existing weights, add recommended amount of ultra seal plus an ounce for balancing. Viola! Puncture protection AND the best balancing you can get.

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There are a few reasons for needing balance so various goo and beads work some times

Old tire manufacture has layers placed over others and where they join is a thick spot and other places may have been thinned during final molding.

Some new MC tires are built in a process of winding the carcass then molding in a process where many pie slices close precisely. There is no thick or thin spots.

GOO in the tire suposedly makes the tire lose 1 speed rating.. maybe be BS

I always static balance two saw horses then masking tape weights until no tendancy to move. slap to break static friction
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