Tire change and wheel balance, wire spoke GS wheels

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by manfromthestix, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. JStancampiano

    JStancampiano PhotoJoe

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    Has anyone found rim protectors that will fit on the GS spoked wheels?

    Joe
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  2. Barney Fife

    Barney Fife Adventurer

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    With this thread as an inspiration, I just changed the rear tire on my 1150 using the plastic strips as suggested by the OP. Cheap, easy to use, and no scratches.

    I have a set of the Motion Pro rim protectors that I tried to use on my KTM 450 EXC black wheels and just gave up and used the plastic strips again with good results.

    YMMV
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  3. 8MoreMiles

    8MoreMiles Adventurer

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    nice post with good descriptions. I've saved this one so I can re-reference, makes it sound easy.

    Thanks again
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  4. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    The photo & copy by the OP are top shelf.
    I too have enjoyed doing my own tire changes & cleaning of the inside of the rim that you can bet a dealer will not take the time to do.
    What I have found to do a balance job that is on going for the life of the changing tread is Ride-On. Your tire will not maintain its balance for thousands of miles as it was originally balanced. Check out the Ride-On product. [ride-on.com] It does cost more than the beads but it will also seal your tire against blow outs. Have used this product for years & never been disappointed. It will not stop a side wall blow out but nothing else will either.
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  5. Long Gone

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    Any ideas on how to get a front Tourance to seal to the rim so I can even begin to inflate it? I've tried a tie-down strap around the circumference to force the bead in to the rim but I can't put enough pressure on it to do any good. I've seen an inflatable strap used for cage tires but I need something for on the road as well as at the house.

    No, I don't particularly want to try the WD-40 and a lighter technique. But I'd love to watch someone else try it. On their bike.
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  6. Grape_Ape

    Grape_Ape It Feels Good

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    Have you tried inflating the tire with the shrader valve removed from the stem? This allows alot more air to flow and it might do the trick.
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  7. gelandestrasse

    gelandestrasse Fidem Scit

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    :nod I tried unsuccessfully to inflate a set of Maxxis Presa Detour tires on my R1200GS. I ended up pulling the valve core and hooking up an air hose to a compressor with a hand valve. The tire seated with a bang. :ricky
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  8. pwlindo

    pwlindo I can do this!

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    I just installed a set of TKC80's on my GS11 rims and had the same problem with the rear tire. I don't have an air compressor so i used the "free air" station at the local gas station. It's not exactly a powerhouse of air pressure and the tire wasn't filling. Then i realized i could feel where the air was escaping from the rim and pushed and pressed on that part of the tire until the air stopped escaping. The tire then filled and seated with a KA-BAAAAM at about 50 psi. Took 4 presses of the Start Air button. The front tire seated itself without any effort on my part.
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  9. Barney Fife

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    +1 on removing the Schrader valve to increase airflow. However one of my two air chucks won't flow air unless the Schrader valve is installed to depress the center of the air chuck. The other one works fine without the Schrader valve installed. You might run into something similar. Good luck.
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  10. Groucho

    Groucho Hexhead Hoon

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    Great posts! This thread has inspired me to give this a shot! :freaky

    Judging from the TKC80 that's already on the bike, I presume this is Continental's heavy spot mark:

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  11. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Long timer

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    Groucho,

    No.....the TWI and arrow indicate the TIre Wear Indicator.....not the heavy spot........
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  12. Groucho

    Groucho Hexhead Hoon

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    D'oh!

    OK, found it.

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  13. swanski

    swanski Been here awhile

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    wait a minute, doesn't the paint spot indicate the light spot?
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  14. wsdbikes

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    yes. the dot goes by the valve stem
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  15. Groucho

    Groucho Hexhead Hoon

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    Yikes- gotta rotate that sucker. Thanks.
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  16. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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  17. Litre

    Litre AKA JimiChanga

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    Excellent write-up. Ordered a balancer, weights, and irons today. Going to give this a shot in a week or so.

    Thanks!
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  18. whisperquiet

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    No Mar partner and less expensive.

    http://www.cyclehill-tirechanger-sec...ults.asp?Cat=1

    I just bought one last week.......I've mounted/balanced a new rear Michelin Anakee on my buddy's 1200GSA and front/rear tires on his KLR650. It works great..........I bought the Cycle Hill Big Package + the cone set to balance the GS rear wheel.
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  19. Groucho

    Groucho Hexhead Hoon

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    SUCCESS!

    Thanks for the excellent writeup!
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  20. Big D

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    HF sells motorcycle wheel balancer part #98488-2vga $60 and BMW rear wheel adapter #98490-ovga $30 (note does not fit 07 r1200gs)and they don't say what it fit, holes to big for 07 GS.

    I ordered a rear wheel adapter from Marc P. that will fit the HF .500 dia bar.
    When ordering from Marc tell him it is for HF stand and the bar is .500 dia. His bars are .500 also, so Marc's large rear adapter slides on nicely.
    Enjoy
    Daryl 07 GS So Cal

    HF wheel balancer comes with two cones and .500 (1/2 inch) bar. The large center adapter is from Marc Parnes products. $35

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