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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 17, 2012.
I'll take photos when I do my first tire change - probably next weekend.
I originally posted this elsewhere.
So, I rode from Indiana to Tucson last week on a set of Trail Attack 2s. By the time I got there they had about 6500 miles on them. In the past I have gotten about 9k out of the rears. With 4000 to 5000 more miles in front of me on this trip, I planned to mount new tires in my buddies garage before crossing the border into Mexico. I packed a set of Karoo 3s that I have had in the rack for a while.
First step was to set the tires out in the AZ sunshine. I brought seven big cable ties, planning to try that mounting method for the first time.
My bikes rear rim has the Outex Tubeless kit.
With the cable ties in place, the tire was muscled into the rim with no tools. I did use a small quantity of Ruglide tire mounting lube. I was amazed!
I took a few more photos of the changer.
That looks like a great machine!
Any concerns that the catches for the wheel will mar the finish?
My one bike is a 1985 xl350r. The other is a 2002 Vstrom 1000. I'm not that concerned about the rims to be honest. But I might get some rim savers.
Cut some quart oil bottles to pinch in on the rim. Cheap and work great.
I can do that! Or milk jugs...
My wife's Subaru needs tires but she said I can't use her car as the first test for the changer - I have to up my skills before she'll let me do that.
Milk bottle too thin.
I believe those are milk jugs.
Put my old Sony Bravia up on the wall to get it out of the way. Found a bracket on clearance at Lowe’s, so this became my Sat morning project.
Pencil in 3 Tylenols to the parts list, and you'll be fine. Voice of experience.
There was a time when I had room for such things in my shop,
Now, things are tighter,
Somebody has something other than bikes on his mind!
Finished up a budget UPS for a wheelchair lift for a friend of a friends daughter who lost most of her leg recently:
Put some shelves up over the third bay door:
Got the dehumidifier running:
Sorry. My wife has been away.
And besides... they are right there.
Lots of travel, vacation to Alaska, knee surgery, and Halloween, and I am finally restarting the project with a teardown.
Overall very easy, except I dropped the headlight and broke it, so I am on the hunt for a replacement.
Looks like you lost some weight too!
LOL. Knob Creek works for me.
I am fortunate enough to have great neighbors. We really look out for each other. Today was helping one of the neighbor teens work on his PW80.
His dad is a great guy. Does heavy truck stuff but knows little about bikes. I'm the bike guy, so Cam got some guided wrenching.
I had to jump in when the new kill switch didn't work. Cannibalized some parts from the old switch and sweet silence when clicked to OFF.
It takes a village and we have a great one.
He was stoked with new grips, new fuel valve, and new working kill switch. Rode for 20 minutes in the 30* day.
Going to do a top end and shock replacement when parts get here.
I went to visit the garage today.
The rear caliper/mounting bracket as well as the rotor and bolts showed up. This allowed me to correctly install the rear wheel. After all of this I cut some "struts" for the rear. Trying to set "normal" ride height with shocks installed. My math is a little rusty but I've found measurement that should work. All of this is difficult as the front suspension is sagging from the "extra " weight of the GS frame and engine.
Now I can buy some shocks...
When I put struts on for drag racing it'll sit about in inch lower than these pics. As she sits I'll have about 3" of up travel and this is after the inner fender bolts gently kiss the outside of the tire.
While I was still motivated on this cold arse Florida day, I managed to install the front rotors and calipers as well.
I am sitting here at the moment, working on the rear cowling/brake light combo. I'm not a big fan of the 70's light assembly. Please pray for me as I try to re-engineer the wheel
While were making fun of me... I also found out that for once in my life, my kickstand is too long.....