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Poolside 01-07-2008 04:42 AM

Mount a Motorcycle Tire Without Using Tools
<BR>Companion tire dismount thread:

No tire irons. Amaze your friends. Do the job with lashing straps.

8 straps are needed. 99 cents each at Harbor Freight.

Strap the tire so the beads are touching.

Place the tire onto the wheel. Notice the gap between the bead and wheel at the 6 o'clock position.

First thing to do is push the bead against the wheel at the 6 o'clock position.

Push the tire over the wheel lip with hand pressure. Push just ahead of where the bead crosses the wheel lip.

Halfway on.



Hey... Have you noticed? No tire lube.

One last push and...

Pretty cool eh? No tire irons. Only your hands.

Companion tire dismount thread:


Wanderer99 01-07-2008 05:39 AM

Awsum you the man !!! I have to try that.:clap

BSK 01-07-2008 05:55 AM

nice one!

JimVonBaden 01-07-2008 07:44 AM

Pretty cool, and with some lube you wont risk abraiding the rim surface, and it might be even easier. :thumb

Jim :brow

PS I suspect getting those straps tight was a bit of work, right?

BigX 01-07-2008 07:46 AM

You are a rocket scientist!!! :super

2wheelsrbest 01-07-2008 07:55 AM

I've got a couple straps. I think I will try that with one section of tire and see about finishing the job with tire irons--a combined effort.

I also wonder about slipping a strap or two in/under/around a tire that is coming off? That should help, too.

This reminds me I need to make a valve fishing tool as well. Always have a terrible time getting tube's valve to come through hole when installing new tire on KLR.

Laromonster 01-07-2008 01:24 PM

Absolutely brilliant!! :clap
Reckon it would work with a tubed tire as well if you start with the valve first

*Gravy* 01-07-2008 01:29 PM

Anybody want to buy a slightly used harbor freight tire changer:lol3

:clap Bravo my friend!

I will be trying this. Let me add one question - after this process are you lying in a heap of your own sweat and blood or is it as easy as it looks?

mark1305 01-07-2008 01:47 PM

Holy snikeys! That's too cool!

Now, how do you get it off with just the straps? :evil

E900Vadar 01-07-2008 01:52 PM

I second That!

Originally Posted by mark1305
Holy snikeys! That's too cool!

Now, how do you get it off with just the straps? :evil

How do you unleash the beasty?

Thnx Cheers

GSWayne 01-07-2008 03:21 PM

I wonder if tywraps would work as good as the nylon straps?

Mr. Magoo 01-07-2008 03:25 PM


espacef1fan 01-07-2008 03:32 PM

Man ...I wonder if that would work ok with a tube type tire.
tube/tire changes SUCK!!!!

If you cant tell I just learned how to change dirtbike

2wheelsrbest 01-07-2008 04:13 PM

I have not tried, but I, too, am excited at the prospect of giving this a whirl. I would think that once bead is broken, you may be able to fish straps around a flatted tire and do same in reverse. May not be faster than using tire irons, but could offern an option. Still, which is more of a pain to lug around, 3 tire irons or 8 straps?

Tie wraps could work, too. They would only have to hold the tire pinched, not necessarily pull it closed (you could stand on it, etc.)

I will mention it here, as it falls into the same "crafty/McGuyver/outsidethebox" mindset--Someone here mentioned breaking the bead of a flatted tire loose with another bike's sidestand. Both of these tricks may save me considerable grief in the future. :evil

slide 01-07-2008 04:22 PM

Absolutely brilliant. If there were some sort of award for tech excellence, I'd nominate you. I just gotta try this one.

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