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I was in El Campo Tx at a Honda dealer and overheard a mechanic talking to a customer getting tires on his wing. The customer said be sure to balance them and put on new valve stems. The mechanic said we balance the front but not the back. HAS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS????
 

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I know if I were that customer I would have said "give me back my bike and I will be going somewhere else from now on".

Answer to the question: No...

Just a thought here. Maybe the dealer in question does not have the correct adapters to balance the rear wheel and does not want to admit it. I would like to know why they do not balance the rear tire myself.

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My 2005 had weights on the rear and front tires from the factory so I assume that they were used to balance the tires. I agree, the dealer must not have a way to balance the rear tires so they don't offer the service. Find someone else to do your tire service work.
 

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I picked up my '06 Wing with 2 miles on the odometer. It had balancing weights on the rear wheel.

I don't know if it was balanced before or after the tire was mounted. I don't know if Honda balanced it or the wheel supplier or the tire supplier or the local dealer. But, it was balanced when I picked it up brand new.

Hope that helps.
 

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A local tire shop, owned by Harley riders, said that don't usually balance rears, even on their own. I asked him to balance mine and he did with no problem. I'd ask your dealer "why?"
 
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Not balance the rear tire? Huh? I can't imagine why one would not want to make sure that the only two pieces of rubber between you and the road are properly balanced. I just had both tires replaced where I work. When we checked balance, existing weights were left on the wheel where they were from the previous tire. Neither tire needed weight adjustment. Guess the old Stones and New E3s were identical :wink:
 

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If you do not balance the rear tire, then why even bother with the front ?? :roll:



How can you use the term "mechanic" on a guy who would tell you something like that ?? :?


JMHO 8)
 

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He could have said "Not the rear one" because his balancer does not have the proper adaptor.

Never heard of not balancing a rear wheel.

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KA7W said:
If you do not balance the rear tire, then why even bother with the front ?? :roll:



How can you use the term "mechanic" on a guy who would tell you something like that ?? :?


JMHO 8)
Would that be considered a safety issue? Why wouldn't anyone want to follow the correct procedures to ensure the safest ride possible?

That would be like.. lets see...



putting a Car Tire on a motorcycle!

Sorry.. just couldn't resist! :twisted:
 

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Duh!!

That's like saying we only put air in the front tire, and never put air in the back tire..ever! How stupid can you be?????

Or when we brush our teeth, we only brush the bottom and never the top......run from that guy....!!

All Goldwing tires and wheels come factory balanced......just like every car tire from the factory....
 

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I use a very honest dealer for my service work, and he will tell you that he does not have the equipment to balance the rear tire on a wing, just the front.
 

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never messed with balancing motorcycle tires untill i got an 1800 and never had any trouble
 

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It's a high speed rotating mass folks and therefore should be balanced to
maximize tire wear and minimize vibrations. It could also have an adverse impact on bearing wear. If a dealer tells you they do not balance tires go somewhere else.
 

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Haste Maker said:
I use a very honest dealer for my service work, and he will tell you that he does not have the equipment to balance the rear tire on a wing, just the front.
Alot do this
 

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:D Just saying that beleive it or not every cycle dealer has equipment to balance rear tires and alot don't unless asked.
 

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We had to pay $250 just for an additional adaptor for the single swing arm Rear GoldWing wheel !

The Wing, is the only wheel that we use this adaptor on.

Hardly any of the dealers around here, have this set up.

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Now Dawg; jest laike you hav'a been tell'n Meesh; cost of equipement ain't no consideration! :wink:

Still, if a dealer is not going to buy a high ticket adapter, he could at least buy or make a static balance stand like many of us have done.

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I just had new tires put on my Wing yesterday. The front has weights on the rim...they didn't put any on the rear rim. What are the chances the rear rim didn't need any weights? I'm going to call the dealer tomorrow and see if they even balanced the rear tire. My Wing tends to "drift" left now as well. Nothing real bad, but it didn't do it before. I wonder what B.S. explanation the dealer is going to give me?!
 

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Bulldog said:
We had to pay $250 just for an additional adaptor for the single swing arm Rear GoldWing wheel !

The Wing, is the only wheel that we use this adaptor on.

Hardly any of the dealers around here, have this set up.

Dawg
OK Thanks Bulldog you proved my point. I bet $$$ most dealers do not balance the rear
 
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