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Well last night I was putting new tires on my bike. The front is no problem but the f*%king backs are a real f*%king bitch. Got some big beefy dunlops for the XR and struggled for a while only to competely botch it and pinch the tube.

Used all the tips I could find on line and still no go. Maybe I should not have done it on a friday night swiggin in the garage. I gave up and took it to North Shore Suzuki this morning and cost me 46 bucks stupidity tax for new tube and instalation. I guess I need to just take my old tire and spend the afternoon doing it again and again.

So what are your tricks?
 
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Tricks.

-Break the bead on the old tire by using the kickstand on your buddies bike.

-3 tire irons and 2 sets of hands make it fast & easy (change tire with a friend)

-put the tube on the rim (stem through the hole) first

-then put the new tire 1/2 on the rim

-partially inflate the tube

-stuff it inside the tire

-finish seating the tire onto the rim
 

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1) put one side on. make sure it's over the rim lock

2) Put in tube

3) put stem thru hole and nut it, but don't tighten

4) Soap up the beads with dish soap

5 ) start at the rim lock and only insert irons as far as they need to go

6 ) Place knee on the tire on the opposite side of where your wrench is. This keeps the tires bead in the lowest part of the rim . This is the big trick. It makes it easier to pull the tire over the rim. If your pulling on the wrench and it's flexing your not pushing the opposite side into the lowest part of the rim.

7) After you get the tire on, push on the rim lock ( only have the nut on a few turns ) If it doesn't push in and spring back out then you have the tube under it. If the it doesn't do this it will blow as soon as you inflate it.

8) If your a total rookie soap up the tube it will help the iron to slip off of it avoiding a pinch flat.

9) Inflate , if the rim lock doesn't start to push out STOP !!! refer to #7. If alls good keep going until you hear the 2 pops.

10) My best tire change time on a dirtbike is 43 seconds. The only guy to beat this is the guy who taught me ( MW mechanic Ken Klaussen) so that's OK.
 
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1) put one side on. make sure it's over the rim lock

2) Put in tube

3) put stem thru hole and nut it, but don't tighten

4) Soap up the beads with dish soap

5 ) start at the rim lock and only insert irons as far as they need to go

6 ) Place knee on the tire on the opposite side of where your wrench is. This keeps the tires bead in the lowest part of the rim . This is the big trick. It makes it easier to pull the tire over the rim. If your pulling on the wrench and it's flexing your not pushing the opposite side into the lowest part of the rim.

7) After you get the tire on, push on the rim lock ( only have the nut on a few turns ) If it doesn't push in and spring back out then you have the tube under it. If the it doesn't do this it will blow as soon as you inflate it.

8) If your a total rookie soap up the tube it will help the iron to slip off of it avoiding a pinch flat.

9) Inflate , if the rim lock doesn't start to push out STOP !!! refer to #7. If alls good keep going until you hear the 2 pops.

10) My best tire change time on a dirtbike is 43 seconds. The only guy to beat this is the guy who taught me ( MW mechanic Ken Klaussen) so that's OK.

Tire on.........tire off........:laughing
 

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My best tire change time on a dirtbike is 43 seconds. The only guy to beat this is the guy who taught me ( MW mechanic Ken Klaussen) so that's OK.
OK You win. I will have to come in for a tutorial.
 
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I have the video Version of that Transworld tire change article. the three videos are a combined 34megs I believe if anyone wants them via MSN.
 

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Use blocks to keep the disc of the ground and stand on the tire bead opposite of where you're pulling the rubber over the rim.Make sure the bead is broken all around and you should get it with some practice.
 
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