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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Removing balancing beads from tire for re-use?

Ok, now, I have read dozens of posts about how to put them in, so, how do you get them out if you want to try to re-use them? One place I seem to have read about 'just drill a hole in the tire', Yup, have you ever tried to drill a hole in a tire? I have not on a motorcycle tire yet, but from what I recall on patching/repairing auto tires, it would take about a 1" bit to get more than a 1/8" hole in the tire. What would be the best and easiest way to do this at home before taking it to a shop. I don't really want the guy to sliding around on those little balls of ceramic most of the day. I hope to get the tire off and replaced early this next week in preparation for a week end jaunt. The beads work awesome for balance as far as I am concerned.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 12:20 AM
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Carefully dismount the tire and use a piece of paper curved inside the tire or an old spray can lid and put them in something to reuse if you want. YMMV.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 12:31 AM
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If not saving tire drill a hole (good size) in it and put a jar/bowl under hole

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 01:11 AM
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Vacuum cleaner. Take a nylon, cheese cloth or other fine mesh fabric and cover the opening of the hose, but leave a little slack in it. Vacuum up the beads, then hold the hose over a container, and turn it off.

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 05:49 AM
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My tire shop has a cordless hand vacuum with a pleated paper filter that is used just for that.
It sucks em all up and they are reused in the new tire.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 06:29 AM
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Use a 3/4--1 inch approx. hole saw and remove the plug. A little shaking and there they are.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 07:44 AM
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An empty cigarette pack, the flip-top "box" kind. Squeeze from the sides so it bows to match the curve off the inside of the tire and scoop them up. Close the lid and park out of the way until ready to pour into the new tire. Don't smoke them!
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 09:22 AM
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I cut a thin water bottle in half and hold inside tire while rotating, easier that paper.
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My Honda dealer simply takes a business card and scoops them up. I have used the same 2 2oz now for about 5 years.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!! I will have to try scooping them out!
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