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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 12:39 pm Thread Starter
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Wheel Balancing...

What a pain in my Rear!!!

Bought a new set of PR2's from derbycycles.com for $258 delivered to the door.

I was real excited about the purchase but I can't find anyone local that can balance my rear wheel due to the size of the opening.

The nearest Beemer dealer is Bloodworth in Nashville over an hour away.

Anyone have any words of wisdom on how to get this thing balanced?

Do you think I could have an auto tire shop balance it?

Maybe the Honda dealer in town here could give me a handful of weights and I'll take back what I don't use?




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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 1:25 pm
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My friend who owns a car tire shop has a balancer that will fit it. Maybe one in your town does too?

You could always buy a Marc Paynes balancer and do the front and rear yourself. Not that hard and probably better than a dealer will do.

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 3:15 pm
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Someone on one of the BMW sites took the wheel to Firestone and they were able to balance it. Yes, Firestone.

here is the link

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 4:16 pm
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I have a Marc Parnes balancer, it workes great, very sensitive (dont spin it too hard, it will spin forever) here is a link to his site, he has great service and products.http://www.marcparnes.com/BMW_Motorcycle_Wheel_Balancer.htm
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 8:57 pm
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I just put a set of Avons on mine last week. Balanced front ,but like you they couldn't do the rear. I put it on any way. No vibration at all, (well to 140klm any way)so put it on an see what you get. I bet if it is out of balance at all it will be very minor. If you do get a vibration then get it balanced next time you are around a beamer dealership.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 9:57 pm
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Bring them over to my house, I'll do it for you.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2008, 9:59 pm
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I also have the Marc Parnes balancer for home tire changes. Cycle Gear shops usually have the correct balance adapters if I'm on the road. My current BT021 replaced a Roadsmart that picked up a nail, and the little family run shop couldn't balance the rear. No problems with over 1K on that tire so far.

Or you could just go to Grif's.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2008, 6:10 am
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I put on 2 PR2s (nail on first after 200 miles) and forgot to balance, never had a problem, smooth as silk. Run it, then if it shakes any, look for a place to balance.

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dynabeads worked well for me.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 2009, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by Meese
.... My current BT021 replaced a Roadsmart that picked up a nail, and the little family run shop couldn't balance the rear. No problems with over 1K on that tire so far.
So how did the BT021's do? I've only been on Pirellis. The Strata is giving the mileage but I have slipped a little on turns now and then. The Diablos, Rosso and CT's all have been great dry or wet, just short lived (average 4,000 mi).

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