I debated on where to put this, and decided on Thumpers as we probably change our tires the most in here. Maybe it belongs in "The perfect line" but I've never been in there, and it seems to compliment...
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I have changed a lot of tires. Some are easy and some are very painful. Reason to do it yourself is so that when you are in the middle of nowhere you can make it home. If I did it like this every time I might have less bleeding knuckles. I'm a surgeon so when I go to work on Monday they call always tell when I've been changing tires on my weekend off.
Great info, thanks! I just put a new TKC 80 on the front of my F800GS, couple of weird things, no rim lock, the valve stem has two nuts, one on the inside of the rim and one on the outside of the rim. I used soap and water, well by the time I got it on it was probably fairly dry, but spraying some soapy water on the tire after it was on the rim seemed to help to get the bead to seal. I'm planning on adding some Ride-On Tire sealant and balancer, the product has great reviews and I'd like to prevent a flat when I'm a bit far from civilization, has anyone here used the Ride-On product?
Always use lube (Lube is not only helpful when fitting, but, also assists with removal)...the 1st bead on some tyres/tires will actually go over the rim with a little force and if not all the way most of the way. Thus, no use for levers; The idea that the tyre will slip because of lube is a new one. Check the bead on the rim and notice the serrations + bead lock. If, you're tearing valve stems - add a bead lock; always work towards the valve stem ie this should be the last portion of bead over the rim otherwise it's only a matter of time before you pinch the tube. The idea is that both beads sit in the well of the rim to allow you to work the tyre over the rim. If, you start at the valve stem it leaves no margin for error and the bead/s will catch/pinch the tube at the backing plate of the stem; a valve stem puller is a simple device that is passed through the rim and screws into the valve stem. This allows you to pull the stem thru the rim; ideally, bead locks are positioned opposite the stem, thus, providing the ideal starting point.
+1 on inflating...it's just the order of events I have an issue with.