Tire Balance & vibration

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by AZDave, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. AZDave

    AZDave Active Member

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    How do you know if your tires might be out of balance on your bike? I know what a cage feels like, would my bike be the same? It just seems like at about 65 I have a vibration that is slight but it does affect my reading a freeway sign. It also does not go away as I speed up. Other than that, my bike is great. At 55 there is none.
     
  2. Mattman4403

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    Did you sling the weights off your wheel?? That would be one indication that the wheels were out of balance. They all need a little help. What you are discribing sounds like it could be a balance issue. At least that would be the first thing to check out.
     
  3. Big Rol

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    Pretty well got to be balance but check your tire pressures and neck bearing first.
     
  4. Thorns

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    I have a No-Mar balancer. Works very well. Also, truck shops have a dynamic balancer that spins the wheel and tire with a sensor that is set under the end of the fork, and the movement trips a strobe light. Put a mark on the tire opposite the tire valve, spin the tire, and the strobe will show where the mark is with a meter showing green, yellow, or red. Adjust the weight to show green. Very slick for the front wheel.

    Thorns
     
  5. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    is your bike an 09 like your avitar?

    HAW MANY MILES ON THAT TIRE and is it the original??????????

    The tires that HD came out with had a little problem like CUPPING and this would also cause the described ride..

    Check your tire and see IF it is a 407 or the better 408.. if a 407 you may qualify for a NEW(408) one..... HARLEY HAS replaced a lot of these tires for FREE and you might be surprised to get a new one also...

    BE FIRM (but polite) WHEN TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH A SERVICE REP.

    EVEN IF A 408 you can talk to the service manager.... bring some cookies and talk..

    It does sound like the BALANCE is OFF enough to cause the problem but CHECK n SEE.... HEY, LET US KNOW THE SCORE ON the out-come FINISH here.....

    That gives us food/fuel for the rest of the readers..

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  6. Jerry1834

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    Not 100% sure but the Hertaige has a 402 type front and rear. The 407/408 were on the touring models.

    Bubbie...any cupping problems with your rear???
     
  7. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  8. AZDave

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    I am going to look at the tire numbers tonight.
     
  9. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    JERRY,
    NOW LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED!!!!! NOW YOU GOT THE big boy AFTER ME.....He'll find any CLEAN WAY to twist the KNIFE.......
    next thing he'll be calling me a BIG SISSY..... again

    THERE's gotta be RULES FOR governing the management.

    JERRY,
    I have about 8800 miles on the bike yesterday and haven't noticed ANY UNUSUAL ride YET.... I will check with the gauge and FEEL the tire for wear bumps and let you know.. I do have the 408 on the front from the get-go and my build date is 04 of 09 ..... do you know your build date? It is located on the down tube.... JUST TO COMPARE...
    thanks

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  10. Jerry1834

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    BUBBIE...just read what I wrote....this is a tire thread :sd:sd:sd I don't want any points or vaction time....LOL.

    The Hertiage has a 402 type tire and the reason I said that is AZDave had it listed in the box. So, I figured that was his scoot.

    Yes, I can read a sidewall and I know where to find the date. I am retired but owned a little piece of a MC shop....gives me something to do when I want to turn a wrench....

    At 8800 you will know if you have any cupping on the back tire (rear)...laughing...