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Steveman 01-04-2013 10:32 AM

F8GS tire balancing question
I never balance the knobbies I use on my KTM EXC (w. rimlocks) or on my Honda XR650R (w/o rim locks) but I thought it may be a good idea to balance the fron tire of the F8 (TKC 80) so 20 grams did the job. I did not balance the rear TKC (150/70/17) and for me everything was fine till a mechanic from the nearby garage stopped by. He said I will run into trouble. I said I did not balance the Michelin Anakee and it was fine, same with K60. He meant that this was pure luck and happened by sheer chance and the TKC will cause wobbles and so on...

I admit I am a bit worried now. What do u think?

Thanks Steve

runnin4melife 01-04-2013 10:40 AM

I balance my front and rear, if you have a balance throw it on there and see what how far out of balance you are. It may not be a huge problem, but it also maybe a nuisance.

Bayner 01-04-2013 10:52 AM

Out of balance won't cause a wobble, but you may feel some vibration at certain speeds that you wouldn't notice if the tire was balanced. Non balanced tires are harder on suspension parts as the suspension is forced to absorb extra motion. They will also sometimes wear unevenly or quicker than the same tire (balanced).

RobbieO 01-04-2013 01:24 PM

Loutre 01-04-2013 01:51 PM


Originally Posted by RobbieO (Post 20395692)

isn't that a kit to brew some beer?:lol3

Oz_Gordo 01-04-2013 03:24 PM

Tyre Seal or Slime
You can also run tyre seal, slime or similar goop as a preventative. They will act the same as Dynamic Beads.

Steveman 01-04-2013 03:37 PM

0K guys. I will go and take that fookin wheel out again.
Thank you.

TowPro 01-04-2013 05:15 PM

I mount mine then put the tire on the balancer before I put any air in them. I leave the tube nut a couple turns loose. If the balance is real bad I spin the tire on the rim until I find the best balance spot. Once I find spot, I turn the tire just a little more, then back to the sweet spot so the valve stem sticks out straight.

When I air them up I leave the core out. Fill the tube with air until bead seats, then let all the air out so the inner-tube can relax and find its comfertable position, then put the core in, fill it again and set the pressure.

All my dirt bike days cause me to leave the valve stem nut several turns loose so I can see if the tire is moving on the rim (valve stem will no longer be straight). if you tighten the nut and the tire spins on the rim, you will rip the valve stem out of the tube (and you end up walking).

ScienceOfDirt 01-04-2013 06:39 PM

I balance the rim with a loosely inflated HD tube on it. Then I put the tire on, and do what TowPro does to get it as close to balance as possible, but I don't add anymore weight. I mark where the valve is, so I can get it back in place when I get a flat.

Reaver 01-04-2013 07:38 PM


Originally Posted by ScienceOfDirt (Post 20398168)
I balance the rim with a loosely inflated HD tube on it.

Uh, I thought Pirate bikes were tubeless? :rofl

Do knobby tires have the red dot at the light spot like most tires? My TKC's did but others too? That goes a long way in getting a low lead balance. Course the RDC sensors on the other bikes tend to need lots.

Steveman 01-05-2013 05:57 AM

Done. Balanced the rear wheel with 20 grams. Not sure if I'd feel a difference. However, knowing that everything is OK is fine for me :D

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