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Old 07-19-2006, 04:22 PM   #12
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I found my 950 wheel to be absolutly the toughest to break the bead! Once broken, it's like any other tire to change. I couldn't do it with the side stand. I had the weight of the bike balanced on the sidestand which was on the sitting on the sidewall and nothing. That was after I tried on of the bead breakers.

My son took this picture. You can see the centerstand off the ground:

The only way I was able to break it was using a 2"x6"x12' piece of wood with another 4"x4" nailed it it about 2' from one end. I then wedged the plank under my car and the edge of the 4"x4" on the sidewall. The wood was making some cracking sounds before the bead let go. I have since ground some of that bead retainer off. With any luck, it will not be an issue.

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