Mount a Motorcycle Tire Without Using Tools

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  1. Poolside

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    <BR>Companion tire dismount thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299856


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    No tire irons. Amaze your friends. Do the job with lashing straps.





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    8 straps are needed. 99 cents each at Harbor Freight.



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    Strap the tire so the beads are touching.



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    Place the tire onto the wheel. Notice the gap between the bead and wheel at the 6 o'clock position.



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    First thing to do is push the bead against the wheel at the 6 o'clock position.



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    Push the tire over the wheel lip with hand pressure. Push just ahead of where the bead crosses the wheel lip.



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    Halfway on.



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    Two-thirds.



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    Three-quarters.



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    Hey... Have you noticed? No tire lube.



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    One last push and...



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    Pretty cool eh? No tire irons. Only your hands.


    Companion tire dismount thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299856

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  2. Wanderer99

    Wanderer99 Been here awhile

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    Awsum you the man !!! I have to try that.:clap
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  3. BSK

    BSK Ohhh mist! Die Bullen!!!!

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    nice one!
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  4. JimVonBaden

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    Pretty cool, and with some lube you wont risk abraiding the rim surface, and it might be even easier. :thumb

    Jim :brow

    PS I suspect getting those straps tight was a bit of work, right?
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  5. BigX

    BigX n00b - Yeah, right

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  6. 2wheelsrbest

    2wheelsrbest Been here awhile

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    I've got a couple straps. I think I will try that with one section of tire and see about finishing the job with tire irons--a combined effort.

    I also wonder about slipping a strap or two in/under/around a tire that is coming off? That should help, too.

    This reminds me I need to make a valve fishing tool as well. Always have a terrible time getting tube's valve to come through hole when installing new tire on KLR.
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  7. Laromonster

    Laromonster Vesperado !

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    Absolutely brilliant!! :clap
    Reckon it would work with a tubed tire as well if you start with the valve first
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  8. *Gravy*

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    Anybody want to buy a slightly used harbor freight tire changer:lol3

    :clap Bravo my friend!

    I will be trying this. Let me add one question - after this process are you lying in a heap of your own sweat and blood or is it as easy as it looks?
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  9. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Holy snikeys! That's too cool!

    Now, how do you get it off with just the straps? :evil
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  10. E900Vadar

    E900Vadar The Dark Fant

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    How do you unleash the beasty?

    Thnx Cheers
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  11. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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    I wonder if tywraps would work as good as the nylon straps?
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  12. Mr. Magoo

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    Thanks!
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  13. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

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    Man ...I wonder if that would work ok with a tube type tire.
    tube/tire changes SUCK!!!!

    If you cant tell I just learned how to change dirtbike tires....lol
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  14. 2wheelsrbest

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    I have not tried, but I, too, am excited at the prospect of giving this a whirl. I would think that once bead is broken, you may be able to fish straps around a flatted tire and do same in reverse. May not be faster than using tire irons, but could offern an option. Still, which is more of a pain to lug around, 3 tire irons or 8 straps?

    Tie wraps could work, too. They would only have to hold the tire pinched, not necessarily pull it closed (you could stand on it, etc.)

    I will mention it here, as it falls into the same "crafty/McGuyver/outsidethebox" mindset--Someone here mentioned breaking the bead of a flatted tire loose with another bike's sidestand. Both of these tricks may save me considerable grief in the future. :evil
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  15. slide

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    Absolutely brilliant. If there were some sort of award for tech excellence, I'd nominate you. I just gotta try this one.
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  16. woodgrain

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    I was hoping to see someone like my Norwegian grandfather, actually putting a tire on with their bare hands without the use of any "tools", straps included. He used to do it on model T Fords. Innovative idea nonetheless. Kudos.

    Woodgrain
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  17. WoovsHoovs

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    I bet those straps flop around a bit at speed:D

    If that works on my damm dirtbike tires I'll need to send ya some beer amigo!@!:clap
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  18. Poolside

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    <BR>Thanks for the kudos my brothers. I appreciate it.


    Some of your questions:

    I suspect getting those straps tight was a bit of work, right?​
    Yea, that took a few minutes, tightening the straps a little bit at a time. I'm working on a coupla tools for that job. The trick is to start the buckle in the right spot so it won't end up over the beads. The light-duty non-tubular-webbing straps are a necessity.


    - Reckon it would work with a tubed tire as well if you start with the valve first.
    - Man ...I wonder if that would work ok with a tube type tire.​
    Yes it does. You can tuck the valve stem into the tire too. Rim locks might be a curious difficulty.


    I will be trying this. Let me add one question - after this process are you lying in a heap of your own sweat and blood or is it as easy as it looks?​
    Heh heh :D Instead of my hands, I did the process the first few times using my feet. You know, straddling the tire with my feet at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions.

    The wheel in the picture isn't attached to the 'skids', and it tiddlywinked me to the ground more than once. When you get a feel of where to push the tire (out close to the tread, ahead of the bead rollover point) it almost falls onto the wheel.


    - Now, how do you get it off with just the straps?
    - How do you unleash the beasty?
    - I would think that once bead is broken, you may be able to fish straps around a flatted tire and do same in reverse.​
    Ahh, now there's the rub. I have a trick for that too but I haven't work out the details yet. Getting the straps on the tire and the beads compressed, when the tire is already on the wheel, is a real test of patience.


    I wonder if tywraps would work as good as the nylon straps?​
    Poly twine works if you have the patience. In some ways the twine is easier, because it can be tied with the 'knot' located in the 'airspace' between the beads.


    I was hoping to see someone like my Norwegian grandfather, actually putting a tire on with their bare hands without the use of any "tools", straps included. He used to do it on model T Fords.​
    It's like tearing a phonebook in half. Once you know the trick.

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  19. Lone Rider

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    Tire changing solutions range from the simple to complex, but what's needed still remains the same.

    Square peg, round hole....not, which frustrates many people.

    Hoenstly, no BS, IMO, not telling a lie, no kidding here, etc, some lube with tire tools and knowledge of their use makes for quick work and an easy solution.
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  20. Klay

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    I applaud your innovation for its own sake...that's pretty cool. But if you you know how to use tire irons, it's pretty fuss free, too, and you can use the irons to get the tire off again, too.
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