Front tire replacement

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by gator508, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    So I'm doing a lot of work myself since my copper plan has expired. Going to replace the front tire which looks straight forward to do, have a service manual.
    I was told by a friend who does all this stuff himself that it's not necessary to balance the tire, but is important to line up the dot on the tire to the valve stem, I question this.
    Also any tips of this from all you pros out there. Thanks!
     
  2. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Absolutely get tire balanced to avoid removing tire for the second time to have balanced. Be sure to look at brake pads for now is a great time for replacement and change brake fluid if over 2 years.
    After reinstalling wheel and caliper slowly pump up the front brake lever to reapply pads..:s
     
  3. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I don't agree. Have the tire balanced. Ideally dynamic balance. And yes, the dot on the sidewall should be lined up with the tire valve.

    TQ
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely balance the tire/wheel, with the dot next to stem. If you have spokes, and are mounting the tire yourself, I can't stress enough how careful you have to be to not pinch the tube. Use a marker on the axle spacers to show L & R, and which goes close to bearing.
     
  5. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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    Line the dot up and try some dynabeads, They won't disappoint.
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Always line up dot with valve and balance. If it is tubeless replace the valve stem
     
  7. doctor727

    doctor727 Active Member

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    Most, if not all, motorcycle tires are directional. This means that they have an indicator that shows rotation direction. Make sure that the tire is installed in the correct direction.
     
  8. turnerbend

    turnerbend Active Member

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    Glider, what is your take on dynabeads or Ride On sealer/balancer for
    balancing a new tire??
     
  9. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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    I have used Dynabeads for several years and always get great service out of my tires. The thing about Dynabeads is that they constantly balance your tire through out the tires life. Static weights are placed in one place for a one time balance for ? How many times have you taken you car in to have its tires rotated and balanced again?

    This is the experience I have had with Dynabeads..yours may vary.:D
     
  10. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Dyna beads work like wet clothes in the washing machine spin cycle. I don't know the enjiener-a-makle principal, but they work for me. :newsmile059: