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Old 04-12-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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Anybody in the PDX area want to help me change a tire?

Hi everybody- I'm needing to do my first ever tire change on a motorcycle. I'm generally a person who would rather spend the money that a dealer would charge to do something on tools to learn it myself. In this case, the dealer wants $40 and tools (bead breaker, spoons, etc..) look like it will be more than that. So, on a long shot I was wondering if there was anybody in PDX or the west side (I'm in Hillsboro) with the tools who would be willing to let me come over (or you can come to my place) and walk me through it? I can see there being a pizza or something in it for you for your time also. I see myself going through plenty of tires in the future so it's a basic skill I'd love to learn. Thanks! -Chad
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:29 AM   #2
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:19 AM   #3
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You talking bout on your Versus? What tire are you changing (brand)
Are they tubed or tubeless?

Do you have a center stand?

I can point and laugh with the best of them while I drink your beer.
If you want practice I have one to change too

Maybe next week, Thursday Friday ish.

If you don't get a better offer.

I don't have a compressor good enough to seat the bead on a tubeless tire.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:52 AM   #4
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You talking bout on your Versus? What tire are you changing (brand)
Are they tubed or tubeless?

Do you have a center stand?

I can point and laugh with the best of them while I drink your beer.
If you want practice I have one to change too


Maybe next week, Thursday Friday ish.

If you don't get a better offer.

I don't have a compressor good enough to seat the bead on a tubeless tire.

Hahahaaha, anything to help out, right??
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:17 AM   #5
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Mortimer- thanks for the link. I've already watched half those videos and know how to do it, but like I said- it's more of a tool thing. Spoons, compressor, balancing.. etc. I'd love to invest in everything, but I'd really like to do it over time- which is why i asked if anyone would be willing to help.

Fisherman- thanks! i'll keep you in mind if nobody else steps forward. It is for my Versys- I'm putting a Tourance (tubeless) on the rear and plan on taking the wheel off tomorrow, so I expect it should be a fairly easy process.

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Old 04-12-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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Don't bend the rotor by letting the wheel fall over. Use pieces of 2ltr. Soda bottle plastic betwwen the wheel and spoons. Let the tire get as warm as possible by leaving out in the sun or ?, this will help with bead breaking and remounting. There is a direction of rotation marked on the tire, check the bead line for correct bead seat.

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Old 04-12-2014, 03:25 PM   #7
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You can use the new tire to help keep the rotor off the ground while you spoon the old one off and use the old tire when you are spooning on the new one to do the same thing.

Take a good look at the valve stem while you have the tire off, If it is not in good shape replace it while you have the tire off. It could save you time and frustration later.

Use some soapy water to help get the new one on. You don't have to get too carried away with it, just use enough to ease it on.

You can use a strap around the new tire to help seat the bead if you have trouble, sometimes bouncing it helps.

Over inflate to set the bead then bleed off the pressure and adjust.

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Old 04-12-2014, 04:16 PM   #8
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...Spoons, compressor, balancing.. etc.
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I have found this iron to be a magic wand compared to any other I have used. I can't find it on Cycle Gear's website, but they have them in the store in at least a couple of wrench sizes.



I also picked up this set to pack along- nice and light. http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/A...28_59434_46472 I haven't tried them yet, and, they are a little different shape in the spoon, so I can't say how well the will work.

For a pump, Walmart or some other $10 unit. Strip off the plastic housing to save space packing it along.

If you balance, this will do the job. And, with one of their many 25% coupons, it would be 30 bucks: http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...and-98488.html

I balance my large bike's tires, but not my XR's tires.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:24 AM   #9
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Thanks Mortimer! A little digging and it looks like those tire levers might be Motion Pros- I'll look in to picking up a set.

As for the compressor- will size matter? Maybe I was thrown off by Fisherman's comments that he didn't have a big enough one to seat a tubeless bead.

Thanks all for the tips so far!

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:15 AM   #10
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As for the compressor- will size matter? Maybe I was thrown off by Fisherman's comments that he didn't have a big enough one to seat a tubeless bead.
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For the shop, the bigger the better.

For packing on the bike, the little $10/15 ones you see at Walmart and auto parts stores work fine. And if you take them out of their cases, they don't take up much room.

As for seating a tubeless tire, the bigger the better- But, against all expectation, I did once seat a tubeless with one Harbor Freight's larger 12v ones.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:35 PM   #11
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In Hillsboro and should be able to help
What kind of bike?
I am out of town this weekend but will be back on Monday around during the week in the evening
I am near the Esplanade / Home Depot.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #12
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For the shop, the bigger the better.

For packing on the bike, the little $10/15 ones you see at Walmart and auto parts stores work fine. And if you take them out of their cases, they don't take up much room.

As for seating a tubeless tire, the bigger the better- But, against all expectation, I did once seat a tubeless with one Harbor Freight's larger 12v ones.
I have the Motion pro wrench/irons. Like them.

Yea, on the trail or tripping with my big GS and tubeless tires I have only needed plugs and a Cyclepump pump.

There is a pretty cool pump in Vendors.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=931816


You got that changed yet?

See, it's just like having me there but cheaper
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:42 AM   #13
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Take a look on You Tube for hpow you can break a bead with a long and a short length of 2X4. I use this method every time I break a bead and it has not failed me yet. No need to but a bead breaker for home use.

I balance my tires with Air Soft pellets. 2oz in the rear and 1oz in the front on my R1150GS. I don't bother balance my smaller bikes. I have a 3 Gallon pancake compressor, it has 'just' enough oomph to set my beads, before I purchased it I would take my wheel down to a local Gas Station and use theirs.

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Old 04-16-2014, 11:07 AM   #14
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Well, you got that done yet? I am getting thirsty!
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Old Yesterday, 11:28 AM   #15
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Well, you got that done yet? I am getting thirsty!
Ha! It's done! I ended up buying the tire from Beaverton Moto and they mounted it for 25 bucks. I figure I'd pay this time and have about 1500 miles worth of time to get myself a quality set of tire irons and a small compressor (the one you linked to looks pretty sweet!) so I can do the front tire.

S1- I saw that method in some of the videos- I think that's what I'm going to try next time. Glad to hear it works...

Rocky- shit.... I didn't even see your response until now! You must be right in my backyard- I live in Arbor Roses.


So thanks all for the advice! I'll have to hang around the regional forum a bit more and see if I can meet up with you knuckleheads for a ride and some thirst-quenching afterward! -Chad
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