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bricciphoto
10-10-2007, 01:14 PM
I'm trying to find a series of posts discussing balancing a wheel without the tire mounted versus with a tire mounted. I searched several threads and I think what I'm looking for is embedded in another topic that I'm not remembering (or it might not have been this website, too. :blush )

Anyhow, either Don Eilenberger, Paul Glaves or Jim Von Baden (or any or all three of them) were discussing how to balance a wheel without a tire mounted. If anyone can remember the location of this discussion or is willing to recap it here, I'd appreciate it. I want to mount and balance new tires tonight. Thanks in advance.

:wave

Ben

gulfcoastbeemer
10-10-2007, 02:34 PM
I don't know the location of the thread to which you are referring, but I did just "balance" my wheels without and with tires mounted using Marc Parnes (http://www.marcparnes.com/) balancing rig.

It's rather simple.

First, you really don't balance the wheel. You determine the location of the heaviest point one the wheel -- which it usually where the valve stem is located, but not always.

To determine the heaviest point on the wheel simply place the wheel -- with tire and balancing weights removed -- on the balancing rig and let gravity determine the heaviest spot on the wheel.

Mark the heavy spot. Mount the tire and align the heavy spot you marked on the rim with the light spot indicated by the manufacturer on the tire.

Having done this, you will find you need less balancing weight(s). Good luck!

mewaybright
10-10-2007, 02:48 PM
I'm trying to find a series of posts discussing balancing a wheel without the tire mounted versus with a tire mounted.
Ben

You could always just do this:

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

I use them and have had no issues with the 3 tires I have used them with.

bricciphoto
10-10-2007, 02:54 PM
I don't know the location of the thread to which you are referring, but I did just "balance" my wheels without and with tires mounted using Marc Parnes (http://www.marcparnes.com/) balancing rig.

It's rather simple.

First, you really don't balance the wheel. You determine the location of the heaviest point one the wheel -- which it usually where the valve stem is located, but not always.

To determine the heaviest point on the wheel simply place the wheel -- with tire and balancing weights removed -- on the balancing rig and let gravity determine the heaviest spot on the wheel.

Mark the heavy spot. Mount the tire and align the heavy spot you marked on the rim with the light spot indicated by the manufacturer on the tire.

Having done this, you will find you need less balancing weight(s). Good luck!

That's what I'm looking for. I have a Marc Parnes balancer. Thanks!