Balancing motorcycle wheels is just as important as balancing the wheels on a regular vehicle. You can pay someone to do this at an automotive shop, but you can also do it yourself! Putting in some elbow grease can actually end up saving you a lot of money on balancing your wheels throughout the year. Videos are also available online that you can watch to get a better idea of what you need to do.
How to get started with balancing motorcycle wheels
The first thing you need to do is determine where you’re going to balance the tires. If you have a garage or shop, make sure you have a flat surface. Then you just need to put the bike up so it doesn’t fall down. A milk crate or sawhorse is going to be useful to have. From here, weights from the wheels will need to be removed. You should have tools available, you will need them!
The axle will then need to go into the wheel and on the holder. This is going to support it standing up so you will be able to twist the wheel. Make sure the axle is level or you could end up with the balancing being really off. You will need to move the wheel a full 180 degrees to balance it completely. Mark the location of the wheel after you push the heaviest part at the bottom along with the tire. This will show you how far you have moved it so you can make sure it was fully rotated. It is possible you might have to do this several times in order for it to be correct.
The wheel has to be level in order for it to be done correctly. You should have a leveling tool available so you can check to make sure you did it right. If there is a really heavy area, you need to do the balancing over again. Once you rotate the tires a few times, they should be fully balanced and you can start to secure the axle back on.
Things you should double check
The weights should be attached to the wheel so they will not fall off. There is rubber glue you can purchase from automotive stores that will ensure the weights are completely secure and will not fall off. Putting the wheels back on is the easiest part of the process. You just need to look through all your work to make sure you did it correctly! After doing this the first time, it should get a lot easier.
The price of balancing your own wheels is absolutely free, minus the cost of parts or any tools needed. If you were to pay a professional to do this, you would pay a marked up price for those things in addition to labor costs! Watching videos online is going to help out a lot if you are a visual learner. You can easily watch through the entire balancing process so you know what to expect when you get started:
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