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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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I removed my factory stock rear wheel from my 2014 XCT today only to discover that there were 12 (6 per side) 5 gram weights attached to the rim.

That's 60 grams !!!!

I have done a couple of wheel balances in my time and I have never used that many.

What have you got on your stock rear wheel?

Maybe before I remove the tire and weights, I should verify the balance with my Marc Parnes balancer.

This tire is the original and has over 23,500 kms (14,600 miles) and probably could go a bit more, but I am going to be installing my car tire and my Centramatic Balancers so it should make for a smoother ride.


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Paul. I am anxious to hear what the Centramatics will do for a wheel like that, particularly assuming you remove the weights
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Mine was like that also! When I had the new rear tire put on I put a similar product like Dyna Bead's in - the thing is smooth - so the Centramatic Balancer should do the same!

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Update:

I put the factory stock wheel on my balancer and the wheel is not balanced, not even close.
No matter where I place the wheel, it stops rotating with the weights at the 3 o'clock position and the valve at the 7 o'clock position.
A balanced wheel should not rotate at all, no matter where you place the wheel.
Granted, this tire has many miles on it, so the out-of-balance may be a natural thing because of age.
It is just mind boggling to me that the factory would put 12 weights on a rim and not think anything was wrong.
Anyway, I will certainly be removing all those weights.
Goes to show why I like doing the work myself. I think I can do it better than the factory.
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I just had a rear tire mounted and there is a fair amount of weight on there like yours. Could be partly due to the angled valve stem I have in there. Last tire I mounted myself and used CounterAct beads. If I remember, I'll take a pic.



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The tires are probably out of balance on these bikes right from the get-go , not the wheel assembly . I see it all the time on car tires . Sometimes if the balance is way off , before I add weights , I break the bead and rotate the tire on the rim and a lot of times you end up only needing half or less of the original weights .
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This is going to be a good one to follow Paul. I have been considering the Centramatics and always enjoy and benefit from your posts.
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The tires are probably out of balance on these bikes right from the get-go , not the wheel assembly . I see it all the time on car tires . Sometimes if the balance is way off , before I add weights , I break the bead and rotate the tire on the rim and a lot of times you end up only needing half or less of the original weights .

yes sir!! i did that many times and it helped.

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The tires are probably out of balance on these bikes right from the get-go , not the wheel assembly . I see it all the time on car tires . Sometimes if the balance is way off , before I add weights , I break the bead and rotate the tire on the rim and a lot of times you end up only needing half or less of the original weights .
Do those tires have a mark on it showing the 'light' point? My MC tire does and it's placed right where the valve stem is. The weights are about 70į away from that point (I forget in which direction)



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not all tires have the stem dot. its nice when they do though

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