I bought the "big kit" It came with a lot of stuff, important stuff like the stuff you need to balance a wheel from a single sided swing arm
When I bought mine, I had no need of stuff for balancing a wheel from a single sided swing arm. I didn't have a 996 to worry about back then. Now I do, but I've plenty of time to order a set......the 996 won't need tires for at least a season.
Don't cha hate it when there are too many weights?
Absolutely do. Not just on my bikes either. However, having worked in a shop changing tires I can say with certainty, quality tires (and tubes) make a big difference in how many weights are required.
I had numerous customers opt for cheap tubes and there was enough of a heavy spot that those rims required more than the usual weight to balance. Then I had one customer who would not buy any tubes save for Michelin. His Sport 1000 rear wheel was so sweet on the balance machine, I need a single weight to get it perfect.
I loved mounting Michelin tires for customers. I couldn't tell how many I did that simply balanced with no weights at all. Probably 75-80% of them. Bridgestone by comparison was the next in line for fewest weights needed, and I probably found 30-40% of the ones I mounted needed no weights at all.
I won't get into beads. I hate them. I didn't like demounting a wheel that had them "installed" as the once the bead broke, tire beads went everywhere. I didn't like installing them, it was a mess to do. Almost always ended up spilling them all over the shop floor.
I have read the beads can be an issue with track tires. Something about the inner liner and the heat generated causing them to clump up with rubber.
Yep. Happens on street tires too. Kinda like a zilion little snowballs rolling around inside your tire. After a while some begin to "grow" rubber on them, and they skive the rubber off the inside of the tire too. So there is a ton of rubber debris rolling around along with the beads.
I was asked several times to reuse the beads. Forget that. I'd gather as much of the mess of rubber and beads as I could, and put it in a plastic bag for the customer. If they wanna reuse them, be my guest. I'm not spending an hour separating the beads from old rubber to "reinstall" them in a tire.
Water would be less of a head ache and do the same thing. It's also free........sean