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Old 04-29-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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Question Mounting tires on F800GS question....

So I'm going to mount some TKC-80's on my F800GS. I notice that on the front and rear axles have hex head openings on one side. They're huge! what size are they? Do I need a hex wrench for them? Any specific tools I need for a tire change on this bike?

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Old 04-29-2009, 09:22 PM   #2
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The hex portion of my spark plug socket fit the front. I didn't even bother with it on the rear.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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I didn't need anything.

On the front, the pinch bolts will hold while you losen up the hold in bolt. The manual says to do it in reverse, but I don't see any particular reason why it would need to be that way.

On the rear, the chain adjust slider was part of the axle, or at least came apart together.

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Old 04-29-2009, 09:42 PM   #4
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It's not part of it, but it will come off with it.

Good idea on reversing the order on loosening the pinch bolts.
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Thanks guys. I'm not going to bother with balancing them. I'm just going to throw them on and ride. Did you guys balance them?
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:25 AM   #6
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I didn't balance them. Seem okay. YMMV.

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Old 04-30-2009, 06:49 AM   #7
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It's not part of it, but it will come off with it.
Did yours come apart in seperate pieces?

My axle came out with the left side chain adjuster attached, wasn't sure if it was stuck or designed that way, so I looked up the part and it's sold as a single piece.

Regardless, no hex needed.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:00 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. I'm not going to bother with balancing them. I'm just going to throw them on and ride. Did you guys balance them?
I always balance street tires (meaning being ridden on the street),always have, an besides it only takes about 5 minutes to do.

You could probably get away without doing it, as others have reported doing...er not doing . You'll KNOW if you needed it when you get to highway speeds and one end is bouncing like you're riding on small washboards, but that's usually a fair amount out of balance. If you're just out a little you'll probably not even notice, my rear TKC took less than an ounce of wheel wieghts to balance. I've heard out of balance tires will wear quicker, and uneven, maybe cause cupping sooner, but I can't say since mine are always balanced. And besides that would be a hard one to quantify with different conditions and amounts out of balance.

It's so easy to do so why not? But if you don't you'll probably never notice unless it's way off.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:01 AM   #9
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I'm with Dave on this one. A rotating mass should always be balanced. Don't be lazy.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:24 AM   #10
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My TKC's took a lot of weight to balance them. Basically I kept the stock weight and ended up adding more as it was in same location. I know without it I would for sure feel it. I had a heck of a time with the rear battlewings getting them off. Then in my haste I realized I hadn't completely deflated the tube so it wasn't letting the bead break etc. I will blame it on first time changing a motorcycle tire.
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Did yours come apart in seperate pieces?

My axle came out with the left side chain adjuster attached, wasn't sure if it was stuck or designed that way, so I looked up the part and it's sold as a single piece.

Regardless, no hex needed.
No, you're right, I was thinking about the other side, which fell out when I took the nut off.
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I ordered DynaBeads. Easy installation. Better than weights.

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/HowItWorks.htm

https://www.bestrestproducts.com/c-100-dyna-beads.aspx
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:13 AM   #13
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I put on a set of Conti Trail Attacks. They needed quite a bit of weight to balance. Will try balancing the wheel by itself next time, just to see what's up.
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Does anyone have experience with the DynaBeads?
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:04 PM   #15
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I always balance street tires (meaning being ridden on the street),always have, an besides it only takes about 5 minutes to do.
Agreed.

Balancing is so easy and fast, why not do it?

If I'm not swapping tires back and forth alot (thus balancin alot), I sometimes pull wheels off after 5-6k miles just to re-balance them.
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