easier tire changes - milling stock rims or replacing?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by jimmy2020, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. Mike955i

    Mike955i Future Escapee

    Jun 24, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yep, a whole lotta noise about nothing! Happy it worked out for you too.

  2. idahoskiguy

    idahoskiguy Long timer

    Jun 22, 2005
    I to decided to tackle the tire change to the new TKC's using only what I carry in the bike. Guess what? It all worked!!! Factory tool kit, two 12 inch tire irons, a little lube, side stand bread breaker, small 12 volt pump.

    Glad I did this, sure better learning at home instead of out somewhere along side the trailin the dark. Having the confidence to repair a flat is a good thing.

    Milling the rim is NOT nexessary.
  3. rightsideup

    rightsideup Get your motor running...

    Jan 18, 2005
  4. mattawa88

    mattawa88 It's all about the Ride!

    Mar 20, 2005
    I ground the bead down on the sprocket side to about half it's height, all the way around. I can pop the bead with the sidestand when I have tkc's mounted, some of the other tires I've tried don't have stiff enough sidewalls.
    I rode the bike with a flat for about 25 miles, gravel and paved roads. I had an appointment I had to keep, so I rode it rather than change it. The 150/70 X18 TKC 80 stayed on the rim and there was no rim damage.
    When I changed the tube I couldn't find any visible damage to the tire so I decided to run it on out, mostly on gravel.
    Well of course at the last minute I decided to take my GF and the bike for an evening ride, got a flat about 20 miles from home. So I dropped her off and rode it home. All went fine until 2 miles from my shop, the tube ripped in two and bunched up on one side of the rim, sort of a rough ride. No damage to the rim, the tire was completely shot.
  5. Centerline

    Centerline USMC 71'-79'

    Oct 14, 2006
    Republic of Texas
    Entertaining reading here. I thought it was a bitch breaking the bead on the rear of an FJR, even with lube and the 2 x 4 & Avalanche trick.
    When I pick up my 950 next week out in Calif for the ride back to Texas (some side adventures in AZ and NM) will be sure to take some RuGlide, the slime pump kit, tire irons and C clamp. That will insure I don't get a flat. Anyway, have had only one flat while riding since 1968...recently at about 40mph on my KLR. It was too easy, as it de-beaded its' own self.:eek1