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Old 11-25-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Wheel balance weights

I've finally run out... they seem to have evaporated over the years.

I've looked, but can't find, a source for the old "Flanders" style of weight-- the conical ones on the right:



Anyone know where to get 'em?

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Old 11-25-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Fleabay in either brass or nickel? I don't think you can find lead in the US but still available in Canada I think.

A sampler....not cheap!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/REUSABLE-SPO...-/330862408197

In Canada, not lead-compliant:

http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/k-l-...JvAaAmFo8P8HAQ
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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You could try getting them off of some old farts BMW.... I've been looking for years and have been unsuccessful. I used to get some from the HD shop and I would have to widen them to get over our bad ass beefy spoke nipples....but the ones at Aerostich are pretty cool. How about these?
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:37 PM   #4
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Dynabeads;
http://www.amazon.com/TyreBeads-Moto...ords=dynabeads
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:59 PM   #5
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I have always preferred the stick on weights unless you can't use them effectively like on alloy welled rims and such.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:26 AM   #6
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You could try getting them off of some old farts BMW....
Ah ha, so that is prolly what happened to mine... I bought a 5- or 10-pack years ago and *poof*, where'd they go...

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Old 11-26-2014, 12:10 PM   #7
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I have always preferred the stick on weights unless you can't use them effectively like on alloy welled rims and such.
Bill, I only have the steel stick-on weights. Can't find lead weights at all. Steel weights work, but what do you do when you need "half" of a weight? You have to cut the steel weight in two, and it's a pain. Used to be able to cut a lead weight with a knife.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:47 PM   #8
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I use two 15 gram Flanders-style weights at equal distances on each side of the imbalance (heavy) point. This works with most of tires, and I've only had a couple that were so out of balance that I had to double the weights up.

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:01 PM   #9
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I have always preferred the stick on weights...
Parnes wheel balancer:



I use the stick-on weights on the Lesters. Bill, I need some weights for my spoke wheels, too:

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Old 11-26-2014, 01:44 PM   #10
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:02 PM   #11
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Parnes wheel balancer:



I use the stick-on weights on the Lesters. Bill, I need some weights for my spoke wheels, too:

What's the advantage of that balancer over just balancing your wheels on your axle on your bike?
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What's the advantage of that balancer over just balancing your wheels on your axle on your bike?
Balancing on the axle, wheel mounted on the bike may work well, but seems like it could have more resistance to rotating. The wheel mounted on the Parnes balancer turns very freely. If there is a heavy spot, it will definitely settle to the bottom every time with little resistance to rotation. SS, I know you understand this wheel balancing method, but for those that don't, the Parnes balancer comes with instructions. Again, the only advantage to using this device (vs. wheel mounted to bike) is the almost frictionless rotation; it is obvious, no guessing, heavy side settles to bottom. http://www.marcparnes.com/BMW_Motorc...l_Balancer.htm

edit: instructions, http://www.marcparnes.com/Balancer_S....pdf#toolbar=1
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:07 PM   #13
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I've finally run out... they seem to have evaporated over the years.

I've looked, but can't find, a source for the old "Flanders" style of weight-- the conical ones on the right:



Anyone know where to get 'em?

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Available from max, shown under r80g/s wheels, diagram with spokes
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...3&rnd=04282014

I use these on my bike to balance out rim locks
http://www.ebay.com/itm/330650776168...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:27 PM   #14
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if you don't mind non stock options ..



fishing weights .. ream them out a littlle with a drill bit and cut them lengthwise with a dremel, put them around the spoke & press

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Old 11-26-2014, 06:43 PM   #15
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Parnes wheel balancer:

I use the stick-on weights on the Lesters. Bill, I need some weights for my spoke wheels, too:

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My local MC shop uses that balancer. It has ultra-low drag bearings which make it super-sensitive. I used to use the old clamp-the-axle-in-a-vice method, but the is a lot of drag from the wheel brng preload and grease seals.

I now have a Benchmarl "VECH" special

Accessory 034--$38.00--wheel balancer Bench Mark Works LLC Exclusive

http://www.benchmarkworks.com/

which allows you to hang the wheel from the axle with the spindle vertical and read a "solid state" bubble level. Slick as sliced bread-- I've checked it against the local shop's Parnes and it's accurate. Don't have a picture of it in action.

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Available from max, shown under r80g/s wheels, diagram with spokes
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...3&rnd=04282014
I saw that in their fiche, and also saw the "superceded... superceded... superceded..." and heard that they were NLA. I'm planning to call/email after T'giving.

We need to know.

Have a Good StuffingDay tomorrow!


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