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post #1 of 64 Old 11-07-2017, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Changing your own tires / balance?

How many of you out there change your own tires? If you do, do you balance them yourselves as well?
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post #2 of 64 Old 11-07-2017, 09:34 PM
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Change and balance on my NoMar Classic

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Yes, change and balance. Not very often, but do it. Toughest part is usually getting the rim prepared.
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I change and balance. I use motion pro bead balancer and marc parnes wheel balancer. I also use tire mount lube.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...RoCmkcQAvD_BwE

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I do. In fact, I just changed the rear tire on my Super Tenere a couple days ago.

If you want to try it yourself, this video may help. It helped me a lot back when I decided to start changing my own tires instead of paying someone to do it. I think I've changed something like 15 tires now, using the techniques described in the video.


I balance my own tires. I bought a Marc Parnes balancer and use a homemade jig made from 2'x4"s, but it can also be done by putting the axle in the wheel, and propping the ends of the axle up on a couple jackstands.

These photos show the jig clamped in my old Black and Decker Workmate, and also how the Marc Parnes Balancer is attached.


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I have been changing and balancing (with a basic static balancer) my tires for many years without any problems. BUT somehow I could not manage to spoon on a set of Battle Wings; probably a combination of the sidewall being too stiff and me being too old and too stiff
I now have a Michelin on the back, which went on without any problems.
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I change and balance. I use motion pro bead balancer and marc parnes wheel balancer. I also use tire mount lube.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...RoCmkcQAvD_BwE

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Yeah, right on. I have been eye balling those same bead breakers. They always come up in my searches. The ones I have for my dirt bikes aren't the best.
I have changed a bunch of dirt bike tires and I have a Tusk truing stand that I have used to re-spoke some dirt bike wheels, I've just never balanced a street tire on it.

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I had a BW-502 defeat me once also. I finally had to take it to the shop. It was back when I first started changing my own tires, and I think my technique was lacking more than it was the tire itself.
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I have been changing and balancing (with a basic static balancer) my tires for many years without any problems. BUT somehow I could not manage to spoon on a set of Battle Wings; probably a combination of the sidewall being too stiff and me being too old and too stiff
I now have a Michelin on the back, which went on without any problems.
Lol, that is one of my concerns...my time vs. money, and if I even wanted to deal with a stiff problem sidewall.

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I do. In fact, I just changed the rear tire on my Super Tenere a couple days ago.

If you want to try it yourself, this video may help. It helped me a lot back when I decided to start changing my own tires instead of paying someone to do it. I think I've changed something like 15 tires now, using the techniques described in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAKIuSjPXxA&t=181s

I balance my own tires. I bought a Marc Parnes balancer and use a homemade jig made from 2'x4"s, but it can also be done by putting the axle in the wheel, and propping the ends of the axle up on a couple jackstands.

These photos show the jig clamped in my old Black and Decker Workmate, and also how the Marc Parnes Balancer is attached.


Thanks man, good video. I've been doing dirt bike tires so I know the process just never did a street tire. What tire did you put on? brand/model?
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