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Old 11-07-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Tire/wheel balancing in Bay Area

I'm having a new rear tire mounted and a new front tube inserted into an existing front wheel by a buddy who will be tru-ing the wheels as well.

I will need to get them balanced after the whole deal. Cycle Gear will only balance if you by their stuff !

Anybody have a solution in the Walnut Creek/East Bay Area or beyond ?

Thanks...Jonathan
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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Which bike, Jonathan? I never bothered or seemed to notice the need for on my XR650R.
But for a shop, only one I could suggest would be Addiction Motors in Emeryville. Sorry, nothing closer comes to mind.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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Kinda depends, if yer bikes got an axel, I got a radial balancer. Pretty easy to make couple skate bearings and some metal to bolt em to. seem to work pretty good but I don't go oner the ton too often...\\






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Old 11-08-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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It's a bit south but Road Rider in San Jose will do whatever you want for $20 per tire off the bike, and $15 if you bought their tire.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:32 AM   #6
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Thanks folks ! That gives me some options...

My TE450 needs work. Rear tire is almost gone and the 'tubliss system' is a joke. Very hard to balance so I'm going back to traditional tires and tubes.

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Which bike, Jonathan? I never bothered or seemed to notice the need for on my XR650R.
But for a shop, only one I could suggest would be Addiction Motors in Emeryville. Sorry, nothing closer comes to mind.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:53 AM   #7
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if all else fails Harbor Freight sells a MC wheel balancer for $50 or so and carries wheel weights too...I'm leery of HF tools in general but this one has worked OK for me

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:19 AM   #8
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My buddy at one point offered me his balancer. I've emailed him if he still has it and if I can get it. So it might turn out to one stop shopping.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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...or beyond?
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:55 AM   #10
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That would be nice !!!!!!



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My buddy at one point offered me his balancer. I've emailed him if he still has it and if I can get it. So it might turn out to one stop shopping.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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MotoWRX in Livermore can balance the tires for you. http://motowrx.com/

Ask for Andy. He'll even probably let you stand out in the shop and talk to him while he's doing it.

I know of a place in Folsom that will do just balancing as well, but that's a bit far for you.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:31 PM   #12
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if all else fails Harbor Freight sells a MC wheel balancer for $50 or so and carries wheel weights too...I'm leery of HF tools in general but this one has worked OK for me

I just bought the HF balencer on sale for 40 bones. Worked good although I did have to straighten the shaft a touch. Definitely worth learning diy balancing and truing. Both are pretty asy to figure out with no instruction. Just think about it a bit.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:25 PM   #13
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I just bought the HF balencer on sale for 40 bones. Worked good although I did have to straighten the shaft a touch. Definitely worth learning diy balancing and truing. Both are pretty easy to figure out with no instruction. Just think about it a bit.
I just bought one too. I still don't have the shaft quite straight.

I have a Brembo rim from a wrecked bike that I could fool around with. The bearings have a bit too much drag to work as well as I would like, but it should work well enough to get a tire balanced "in the ballpark".

Since I intend to mount my next rear tire on the XR, the balancer will come in handy when I do it.

Anybody near Sacramento is welcome to come use it. Just give me a little advance notice.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:58 AM   #14
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Marc Parnes Products Wheel Balancer is the only one to get.
http://www.marcparnes.com/index.html
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