Part: Honda CB350 / CB360 / CB450 / CB550 Tire Balancing Bead Kit
Why You Need This: Whether you own a Honda CB350 (CL350 Scrambler / SL350); CB360 (CL360 Scrambler / CJ360); CB450 (CL450 Scrambler / 500T) or CB550 the tires and wheels will need to be balanced for a smooth ride. Back in the day it required lead spoke weights to get things in the ball park, assuming the job was even done! However we see a lot of folks riding bikes with unbalanced tires. In the past it it would require an expensive tire balancing machine for accurate dynamic balance (spinning) or at least a truing stand and lots of assorted weights to statically balance a tire and wheel. Nuts to that! With our tire balancing bead kit balancing your tires is a snap. Check out our video above to see how easy it is!
Our tire balance bead kit allows you to balance any set of tires for the entire life of the tire. Beads work to continually dynamically balance tires in real time. Beads can be removed from tubes and reused if you end up getting a flat out there on the road. We have been using these for years in our bike with great success.
How It Works: Beads are made of glass and are installed via the valve stem by removing the valve core. The beads will roll around the inside of the tire and distribute themselves in the proper areas to offset the effects of heavier parts of the tire and wheel, thus balancing the whole rotational assembly. As a tire wears the overall weight will change, however the beads will continually balance as they dynamically change position.
- 4oz of Balance Beads (packaged in 1oz bags)
- 2x Valve Core Tool Cap
- Bead Installation Bottle w/ Applicator Tube
- Tire Pressure Gauge (10-50 psi, Assorted Colors, Made in USA!)
*Additional beads can be purchased separately in 1oz bags.
Installation Tip: Some tubes have valve stems that have a restriction inside that will not allow the beads to pass into the tube from the valve. If this is the case then you will have to use an inner tube that allows the beads to pass through the valve stem. It is easiest to fill the tube with beads slowly while allow the wheel to rock back and forth on its axle. Initially use 1.5oz per tire assuming a standard street tire. For larger tires like found on a CL350 scrambler use 2oz per wheel.
This kit is not bike specific and will work on any other spoke type wheel found on motorcycles like the Honda CB750. Yes, these can be used in tubeless applications but it makes for a messy situation when removing the tire from the rim as the beads will spill out.
Note: when checking tire pressure or adding air to your tire after balancing beads are installed the valve stem needs to be always pointed upward. This reduces the chance that the beads jam in the valve core. It still can happen, so we suggest if you are checking your tire pressure to do so when you have access to air supply. Occasionally we have to remove the valve core and un-jam the beads from the valve. That is why we include the valve core tool caps!