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I can't think of anything I own with wheels that moves faster than about 35 MPH that doesn't have the tires balanced.

I have a friend I race with though that never balances his rear wheel. He claims that it doesn't need it. I say he has lost his mind.
 

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I started the swap tonight, I'll take the wheels in tomorrow morning to have the Pilot Powers mounted and balanced. The reason I asked was that I've heard it both ways over the years. anyway, here's what 4 yr old bike with OEM bridgestones look like....woohoo!

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Those tires look pretty good for the age they have. You obviously don't ride much. The new tires I have on my bike (about 3.5 months old) look like that.

I do ride as much as possible though.
 

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Custom900 said:
Those tires look pretty good for the age they have. You obviously don't ride much. The new tires I have on my bike (about 3.5 months old) look like that.

I do ride as much as possible though.
lol, it's all relative. True, I don't ride this bike much, or haven't, but I've done my fair share of riding over the last 18yrs. Been side tracked the last couple drag racing my daily driven street truck. Anyway, hopefully I'll put these new tires to good use:)
 

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You're kidding right? I am proof positive that not balancing tires will make life miserable. "Speed requires balancing" my ass.

I was told that 35" tires COULD NOT BE BALANCED and WOULD NOT BE WORTH BALANCING because the low speeds wouldn't be enough to feel the imbalance of manufacturing processes. I drove exactly 8 miles on those tires before I brought them back to balance them. 48 ounces later my Jeep rides smoooooooth.

At a minimum, everything I own is static balanced.
 

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I dont know what others beliefs may be, but all I can say is that pretty much everything that I own with wheels , for the exception of my lawn mower is balanced. Streetbikes these days are capable of rediculous amounts of power,etc.. No matter how good the manufacturer is, I dont know any of them to make a perfectly weight balanced tire. I guess overall its your choice if you "need" balancing or not, but I just except that proper weight distribution is a must when it comes to mounting tires......... especially when it comes down to the high performance, 2 wheeled machines that we risk our lives on, while trying to satisfy our personall needs/wants. As stated its your choice........ I know what I do.
 

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After the dealer changed my tire and hit a tankslapping bump on the way home, I discovered they did not balance my tires. Yes, they charged me for it. In less time it takes to ride my bike to the dealer, I do it all now.
 

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Without a doubt, you should balance your wheels. I've watched the Dunlop guys at the races at Mid-Ohio balance lots of wheels. You'd be amazed how fast they can do it...
 

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I had new tires put on at a local dealer and paid to have them mounted and balanced. After getting them to remount the rear tire (they put it rotating the wrong way, I know geniuses), I had a vibration at about 70mph. Upon futher inspection, I noticed there were no weights at all on the wheels. I brought them to a different shop and had them balanced. Long story short, no more vibration. I definately believe tires need to be balanced. Just my opinion.
 

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Yep, the general concensus here is that tires must be balanced unless they are for a lawnmower, bicycle, wheel barrow, or some other slow moving apperatus.

:bitchslap:Get your tires balanced. :pimpslap:
 
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