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Cross Country Tour Tire Balance

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  1. burbansk

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    Hello all, I am getting ready to put new tires on my new to me 2013 XCT. The bike has under 8,000 miles with the original Dunlops installed. I see no signs of wheel weights on either wheel. How did Victory balance their wheels at the plant. I am thinking about using the Ceramic beads at the dealer who will do the work. Anyone else have experience good or bad with beads? Was also looking at the Centramatic wheel disc's but they are big bucks. Thank you for your info, Bruce.
     
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    The stick-on weights tend to fall off these rims for some reason, maybe the PO cleaned the rims of the residue. I am sure they were there at some point. I use the dyna-beads, this is my first time using them and so-far (~9k miles) I'm happy with them. The centramatic has great reviews but yes it's very expensive (relative to the beads of course).
     
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    Thank you PDX, I will probably go the ceramic bead route also. They charge $10.00 a ounce. Does that sound about right? Thanks again.
     
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    No idea, I bought mine online, I think I bought 4oz for about $12 and asked the shop that mounted my tires to put them in, they did happily no additional charge. I do feel that's a bit pricey though, it's not weed after all.
     
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    I have dyna-beads in both bikes tires now and have zero complaints. I got tired of throwing weights or finding them laying on the garage floor. Going to beads has been great and I will be sticking with them.
     
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    I use Ride-On sealer balancer in all my bike tires. Once when I picked up a nail the tire sealed and didn't lose any air.
     
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    I run my air pressure down to about 15 lbs. That way, all the bouncing is absorbed and I hardly notice it......

    No, my installer (Noe) uses dyna beads and I have zero problems with that. Tires still round.
     
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    Had good results with both dyna beads and ride on. I also have heard of people using 6mm air soft bb's in 20 gram size and liked them. Of course these can only be put in with tire off.
     
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    I got sick and tired of the mess with DYNA beads, so now I use stainless steel off-road balance beads, but I finished that batch also do I bought the 3mm round pellet gun balls,

    It's all the same, works the same
     
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    Dyna Bead here as well. Have used them for several years, in my HD Deluxe with spoke wheels and now in my CC. Never a wobble (and that's at speeds up to 110+ mph) and the tires wear more evenly with very little if any cupping. Cost is very reasonable so when I change tires I just throw the old ones away and put in new beads.
     
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    I tried Dynabeads first and they work, but the downside to them is they will eventually get into your valve stem when you check the tire pressure. One time The tire started leaking air as soon as I pulled my gauge off it. Luckily I was at home so I shot a blast of air in the tire and that cleared the ceramic particle(s).
    I use stainless balancing bead in my tire now with zero problems. Have them in my trucks, quad, and jeep too.
    On the stainless ones you have to install the beads as you install the tire as they won't go through a valve stem.
    Here is a good source for the ounces needed regardless of what brand beads you go with.
    Tire Balancing Charts for Light Truck, Commercial and Motorcycles
     
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    I’ve had the Centramatic system on my CCT since Nov 2013. I routinely get well above average tire life with excellent ride quality and very even tire wear.
     
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    This is my first time using beads with my Bridgestone Exedra tires. The thing handles like a sport bike. ..Not certain they used enough beads. It smooths out at about 80mph, but kinda rough till the bike gets there..*shrug*
     
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    Dyna beads are great there’s no guessing. If I were you I would have the tires mounted At the shop then ride it home let the air out of the tires and install the Dyna beads yourself. $10 an ounce is robbery.
     
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    How does one know how much to use? I got a kit of balance beads and they came in a package of one and three ounces. My installer used what I supplied. I got a different brand if tires and not sure about the ride.
     

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