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Who here mounts and balances their own tires and more specifically, what wheel weights types do you use? The flat adhesive type or the more automotive clip-on type? I'm asking because my brother and I just bought a no-mar changer and Marc Parnes balancer so I have access to this machine. I will be doing the first tire change on my Wee installing Pilot Road 3's and want to make sure they are balanced correctly. My Wee has the clip-on weights now and doing research online typically results with the stick-on type. I'd prefer to stay with the clip-ons vs stick-on.
 

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I just use the flat stick-ons. Easy to obtain (Harbor Freight) and use.
 
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Flat stick-on weights for me. Probably through Amazon. Easy to apply. Fairly easy to remove. No damage (scratches) to the wheel. Balancing is easy - just keep adding weights to the side that needs it until the wheel-tire assembly is balanced.
 

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I use the flat stick on also, but I have to say, all my wheels are very well balanced and I haven't used any weight at all the last four sets of tires.

In the past, I have made it a practice to move the tire around the rim, if it is slightly out of balance, until I find a "sweet spot", using additional weight only if necessary. YMMV of course, but it is one of the advantages of changing your own tires, in my opinion.
 

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Balance your rims temporarily then if you have a spot use the rim heavy spot

I use masking tape to move them around then when real happy I put them on permanently
 

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Stick on weights are inexpensive, very easy to use and I've never had a problem with them coming off.

I get the orange or red dot as close to the valve stem as I can, temporailly stick the weights on with masking tape untill I know exactly where I need them, clean the rim with solvent and split the weights either side of the wheel then give then a good press to make sure they're stuck.

Bought mine from the same place as the tires - IIRC Bike Bandit last time.
 

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.....In the past, I have made it a practice to move the tire around the rim, if it is slightly out of balance, until I find a "sweet spot", using additional weight only if necessary. YMMV of course, but it is one of the advantages of changing your own tires, in my opinion.
Interesting. Do you do this prior to putting air in or do you re-break the bead each time you move it?
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Several states have banned lead tire weights. Weights fall off tires and are ground to dust on the road. The lead poisons the ground and water. All types of lead-free weights are available.
 

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HaynesFan-Interesting. Do you do this prior to putting air in or do you re-break the bead each time you move it?

Re-break the bead. It is a non-issue with the No-mar. I have checked and marked all my rims for the heaviest spot without a tire mounted, so I seldom have to remount a tire.
 

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+1 "Ride On".
It also seals punctures preventatively. Check out their video. A bit more than beads but the sealing feature is well worth the peace of mind.
Also had great results with the balancing beads. Either way, the local tire place only charges me $7. to change a tire when I bring them the wheel.
 

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Thanks to all for the input and info. I bought my Wee used and it has one small clip-on weight on the rear wheel. There are many good web sites that have videos for balancing motorcycle wheels. No-mar has good videos as well.
 

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I use the balancing beads, no weights necessary.
+1 and they are reusable. I just get a veggie baggie from Wally-World and when changing tires I scoop them out and put them in a corner of the bag and tie it off. Then drop that into the new tire. They last well over 100,000 miles.

I do this with my bikes and cars.
 

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They look like the ones I used - didnt see a color choice on the Harbor Freight add though. I had a choice of Silver or Black - for about the same price. Obviously, I bought Black for the Wee (my wife hasn't noticed the Black weights on the Silver rims on her Magna.....)
 

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I reused dyna beads thru three sets of tires, but they accumulated bits of rubber; and on the last set I kept fouling my valve core! This time I fabricated my own weights and mounted them with two sided tape.
 
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