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Zip tie tire change

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Andyvh1959, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Necessary evil Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Zip tie hasn't always worked for me. I've had a couple of super stubborn 19" fronts that required chanting and incantations in addition to zip ties. But it has been just the thing a couple of times.
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  2. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Just don’t forget the lube.

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  3. bv11

    bv11 Been here awhile

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    I've changed 30 or 40 tires with zip ties. Michelin tires seem to practically fall on to the wheel with no effort. I have been able to mount every other brand without tire irons except Metzelers. Good lube makes it easier, but even using tire irons to get the last little bit is a breeze. I use a small screwdriver to unlock the zip ties and I think I'm on my third set.
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  4. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    I agree. The Michelin Pilots came off pretty easy. The Metzeler Roadtec took a bit more effort. But the zip ties definitely made it MUCH easier.
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  5. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Tourance front tire.

    10 zip ties and a long tire tool and I cant get the tire off, the wheel is free spinning inside the tire, but I am unable to squeeze the tire off of the rim

    I guess I am waiting on rim protectors.
    stupid mag wheels.
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  6. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Long timer

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    Cut up milk or oil jugs are a good make shift wheel protector. Also at least 2 tire irons.
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  7. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    Cut up a plastic jar (antifreeze, sprincler fluid ect) or cut of some gardenhose, slice it in half and use that as a rimprotector.
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  8. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    I don't bother with the zip ties when removing a tire, only when installing it and only then if it has a tube...but in that case they work great and it is dang near impossible to pinch a tube that way.

    [​IMG]
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  9. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    well I can tell you they dont work on a Tourance radial on a 19 inch rim, ended up with a grinder to cut it off.
    ive done dozens of motorcycle tires, never had a struggle like that.

    edit- just put 9 zip ties around a bias ply 110/80/19 Shinko 705 front tire.
    it wont squeeze over the rim either.
    apparently this is a wheel/tire profile that doesnt jive well with the zip tie magic.

    Ill try the zip ties on the DR650 tires soon, maybe they will be helpful there.
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  10. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    I use tie straps
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  11. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Zip ties and tubed tires are a wonderful combination.
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