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Old 03-01-2012, 08:33 AM   #23221
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I have a little over 4600 miles on my KLR stock tire and have found a bald tire less than ideal for sandy/gravel-y??? roads. I got my next tire picked out but the local shop in Macon is charging $65 bucks to spend 5 minutes to change the tire! I don't quite trust myself yet and would most likely have to by a new rim if I did it myself. Is it simpler than it looks?
Everything you ever needed to know about tire changing.

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:42 AM   #23222
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Dan- Looks like FUN- Would Love to join you guys- Cant get away from the shop till after 3pm- so maybe another time. Have a good ride, and watch out for those cavernous ruts in south GA.
I'm planning on another run of this in the future with a more "aggressive" group and probably on a Sun-Mon as the couple guys I have in mind work Sat's also.

I'll keep you in mind when I organize that.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:54 AM   #23223
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Ken's is Woodstock was attempted once:

Put my tire on backwards
Wouldn't set the tire pressure
Wouldn't wait 5 minutes past closing to fix my backwards tire
Oh and tried calling me a girl for asking for 36psi to start with until I got home

If you don't buy a tire from him, don't expect to be a human in his eyes.
All I see is rv storage and such at his pace instead of Motorcycles.


Don't be afraid to try it yourself. Happy to help if you were closer.
$65 is almost a 244 mounted...
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:23 AM   #23224
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I have a little over 4600 miles on my KLR stock tire and have found a bald tire less than ideal for sandy/gravel-y??? roads. I got my next tire picked out but the local shop in Macon is charging $65 bucks to spend 5 minutes to change the tire! I don't quite trust myself yet and would most likely have to by a new rim if I did it myself. Is it simpler than it looks?

Easy is an understatement when you check out this vid...

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Old 03-01-2012, 09:29 AM   #23225
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I'm planning on another run of this in the future with a more "aggressive" group and probably on a Sun-Mon as the couple guys I have in mind work Sat's also.

I'll keep you in mind when I organize that.
Id be up for that! Keep me posted-

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Old 03-01-2012, 11:54 AM   #23226
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I have a little over 4600 miles on my KLR stock tire and have found a bald tire less than ideal for sandy/gravel-y??? roads. I got my next tire picked out but the local shop in Macon is charging $65 bucks to spend 5 minutes to change the tire! I don't quite trust myself yet and would most likely have to by a new rim if I did it myself. Is it simpler than it looks?
If you take the tire off the bike, the local shop you speak of charges $19.50. Changing a tubed tire isn't that bad with proper tire tools. I believe you can get a set at Harbor Freight on Eisenhower Pkwy fairly cheap. You just have to be careful not to pinch the tube.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:21 PM   #23227
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Id be up for that! Keep me posted-

Have a good ride
I'm 20 minutes from Butler. I'd love to connect with you all next time around!
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #23228
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I'm 20 minutes from Butler. I'd love to connect with you all next time around!
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #23229
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Tires and Irons

Just bought a new tire and a set of irons and will have them here by Tuesday. Thank you all for the input and guidance. I don't care what all those other guys say about y'all. You seem alright to me.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #23230
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Just bought a new tire and a set of irons and will have them here by Tuesday. Thank you all for the input and guidance. I don't care what all those other guys say about y'all. You seem alright to me.
You need to learn to do it at home first where it's easier and you can take your time, that way if you ever have a flat out on the road or trail you"ll know what to do.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:51 PM   #23231
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Just bought a new tire and a set of irons and will have them here by Tuesday.
The key is to realize what is happening with the bead on the opposite side of the tire. You need to "be the bead." If you're struggling, that means you're doing it wrong.
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:37 PM   #23232
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Just bought a new tire and a set of irons and will have them here by Tuesday. Thank you all for the input and guidance. I don't care what all those other guys say about y'all. You seem alright to me.
Breaking the bead can be the toughest part. If you are a home a big C clamp from Home Depot is the easiest thing to use. If you are on the road then a kickstand from another bike. There is a trick using two tire irons to break the bead that works as well but it is easier to show than explain.

Be sure and back up the rim with a block of wood if you are using a C clamp. I like to have a few wood wedges as well to keep the bead down in the deep part of the rim when installing the new tire. If you do not have a stand then put the new tire on the floor and use it as the stand and then use the old tire as the stand when installing the new tire. Tire lube works best but I have used everything from windex to WD-40 for lube. Just make sure to clean the brake when done.

Take note how all the spacers are located as you take everything apart. One thing to watch out for is the cush bushings fall out of the hub when you are flipping the tire over.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #23233
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Breaking the bead can be..... bushings fall out of the hub when you are flipping the tire over.
Sounds like you really know what you're doing. Wanna come over and do a few demonstrations
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #23234
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Sounds like you really know what you're doing. Wanna come over and do a few demonstrations
School of hard knocks.......

I got a butt chewing when my boss found a cush drive in the tire changing barrel/trash can.....

Had to drive to Marietta to the customers work and reinstal the wheel. Yep, learned my lesson. Made sure the cush drives went to the bottom of the trash after that......
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:35 PM   #23235
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Yep, learned my lesson. Made sure the cush drives went to the bottom of the trash after that......


Somehow I left a piece of broken "micro tire tool" inside a mountain bike tire one time... made it waaaay out in the boonies before it cut down the tube.
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