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Old 05-12-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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Does bmw balance the wheels?

1- I took notice the new bikes dont have any wheel weights from the factory are they balanced ? 2- Do I really need my new tire balanced ? I dont like the way those cheap looking tape on weights look. I got a dam hole in my 1600mi tourance and neither the dealer or the local tire shop would plug it, so I had to put out $200 for a new one now I guess I"ll try to do it myself any body know where to buy those mushroom plugs at?
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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balanced wheels

I put new tires on recently and before mounting them - checked the balance using the Marc Parnes balancer ( a great product). On both wheels the valve stem slowly settled in at the six o'clock position. I mounted the tire with the marks against the valve stems and didn't have to use any weights on the front, a small amount on the rear.

I guess it could be luck of the draw but I suspect they are balanced.

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Old 05-12-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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1- I took notice the new bikes dont have any wheel weights from the factory are they balanced ? 2- Do I really need my new tire balanced ? I dont like the way those cheap looking tape on weights look. I got a dam hole in my 1600mi tourance and neither the dealer or the local tire shop would plug it, so I had to put out $200 for a new one now I guess I"ll try to do it myself any body know where to buy those mushroom plugs at?

Don't do a plug unless you mean a patch with a plug type combo. Plugs are for getting home, patches are for permanent fixes. The wheels/tires do get balanced from BMW factory and should be re-balanced everytime you change out a tire. You may have got an extremely true tourance and wheel, but rare that I ever see one not requiring weights. As for the stick ons, they are the easiest and cheapest. How can you see the weights when you're riding the bike????
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Old 05-12-2007, 06:23 PM   #4
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Yep thats What I"m looking for the patchs with the plug stem that you pull thru from the Inside , How does bmw balance the tires without using external weights ? I dont remember ever seeing any on new bikes
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Old 05-13-2007, 07:41 AM   #5
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1- I took notice the new bikes dont have any wheel weights from the factory are they balanced ? 2- Do I really need my new tire balanced ? I dont like the way those cheap looking tape on weights look. I got a dam hole in my 1600mi tourance and neither the dealer or the local tire shop would plug it, so I had to put out $200 for a new one now I guess I"ll try to do it myself any body know where to buy those mushroom plugs at?
I'll sell you a mushroom plug...what size do you need?

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Old 05-13-2007, 08:26 AM   #6
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Yep thats What I"m looking for the patchs with the plug stem that you pull thru from the Inside , How does bmw balance the tires without using external weights ? I dont remember ever seeing any on new bikes
My new bikes all have had weights on them.
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Old 05-13-2007, 08:27 AM   #7
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My r1150gs came with a weight on both wheels from the factory.
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Old 05-13-2007, 08:45 AM   #8
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Factory balance?

Good question. When I picked up my '07 GS, it had no wheel weights at all. Seemed funny. My experiance has shown that very few tires have perfect balance. I know some people will say that they seldom have to put weights on there wheels. Anyway, I pulled my wheels and checked them with my Marc Parnes wheel balancer (great product) and both wheels required weights. Spoke wheels with Tourances.
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Old 05-13-2007, 11:44 AM   #9
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When I visit the dealer I have noticed that GS's with spokes have weights and the cast rims do not. I have ZERO idea why, but it is what I have observed on about 10 different bikes.
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:30 PM   #10
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Wheel balance

Mine (3 weeks old) has a balance weight on the rear wheel, and none on the front.
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:37 PM   #11
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I haven't needed to balance one yet - line up the light mark on the tire with the valve stem, and it should suffice
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Old 05-13-2007, 04:33 PM   #12
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Thumb New Tires Vs. Plugs

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1- I took notice the new bikes dont have any wheel weights from the factory are they balanced ? 2- Do I really need my new tire balanced ? I dont like the way those cheap looking tape on weights look. I got a dam hole in my 1600mi tourance and neither the dealer or the local tire shop would plug it, so I had to put out $200 for a new one now I guess I"ll try to do it myself any body know where to buy those mushroom plugs at?
Brah,

I just had the same experience. Not sure where you live but my dealer in Orange CA does not "plug" tires either. As it turns out My Pirelli Scorpion rear which grabbed a nail in the fat lip between tread and side wall and d/n leak for at least 2 days was no longer in production so I was advised to change both as they were at about 20% remaining. I bought my 02 1150 GS from them 5 months ago with said tires in place- soooo....I spent big bucks on 2 new Michelins. A new friend- also waitng for his service work told me of a couple of places that will install mail ordered BMW meats and also does plug jobs. My dealer is an industry Icon and they know their stuff but.....Someone out there in greater L.A. or wherever, will do it for less. A great catalog to order from is AEROSTICH- lots of goodies and useful stuff too.
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