GS Wheels Love Zip Ties

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Pruhusky, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Pruhusky

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    GS 1.jpg GS 2.jpg GS 3.jpg GS 4.jpg GS 5.jpg I saw this on the web and had to try it. Works like a charm. Only tool I used was a pair of pliers to crank on the zip ties. Took the opportunity to install one of those nicely machined right angle valve stems that JVB mentioned. Nice.
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  3. GAjetmech

    GAjetmech Been here awhile

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    Good to hear about this technique working well. Thanks for posting.
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  6. lewisjr1

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    I'm definitely going to try this zip-tie method for my next tire change. This thread is at least the second or third time a member has successfully used the technique on a GS.

    As for breaking the tires' bead, when at home at least, I just ride through my yard after deflating the tires. Call me lazy, but that works for me.
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    I've been doing this for a while. Saw it on You Tube. Some times you can reuse the zip ties.
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  8. gofast1320

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    where do you get those valve stems?
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    Wunderlich brand at your BMW dealer or online ordering or fleabay.But then we'd need the correct size of hole.Any one know?
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    Zip Ties work great......[​IMG][/IMG] [​IMG] my new bead breaker.....
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    Just measured it at 11.45mm diameter on my 2009 gs spoked rims.
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    Makes me think that we ought to call one of the cable television channels and see if we could make show devoted to what you can do with zip ties! Just think, we could prolly get 24 shows on it AT LEAST. :D Oh heck yeah bud.
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    Have the location in Alaska with a 300lb teen mom that's also a midget and its a sure bet!
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    Just in case someone is using the search feature and stumbles across this thread: I tried both removing a Tourance (original ) 150/70 R17 from a BMW R1150GS tubeless spoked rim, and putting a new Tourance Next on, and in both cases the zip ties got more in the way than they helped.
    Yes, I have seen the online videos where the tire just slips over the rim after the zip ties are on: nothing even remotely like this does happen for this particular tire+wheel combination.
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  17. BillGsa

    BillGsa Been here awhile

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    Did you heat the tire's 1st, makes a big difference.
    A couple hours on black top in the sun works or stack them up & put a drop light inside with aluminum foil over the top.
    Worked for me with TKC70'S on my 15 GSA.
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  18. Gruesome

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    Yep, temperature was up in the 80s, and the tire in full sunshine before and during the work. Mounting was actually not so difficult once I resorted to using levers (i used wrenches; ordered motionpro bead breaker bars & tire irons now), but I had to remove 2/3 of the zip ties.
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    Figured the zipties would not work on all tires and rims,but they sure work well on the new GS and since I replaced my vise as a bead breaker with the Bead Buster changing tires is a breeze.
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  20. BillGsa

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    I picked up a used set of TKC80's with 600 miles on them, seems like a good time to try them so I removed my TKC70's with 1,600 miles & put them in stock.
    I mounted the 80's with zip ties & it was so easy I would have been embarrassed if someone was watching.
    What pressure are you guys running in the 80's?
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