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Old 07-13-2014, 10:08 AM   #1
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Tire Mounting Help Request Toronto Area

I'm in the process of putting a set of Michelin's on my bike (1200GS) and the front went ok but the back tire doesn't want to play nice.
I've got one side on, but now working on the other side is a pure bastard.
Any advice/tricks on offer? I used to go to DSP for tires but that's not available anymore.

Anyone know of a good place to get tire mounted in the Toronto Area - I'm located in Maple.

Appreciate any assist.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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Have you watched any of the online videos on tire mounting? Biggest thing I've found is making sure the opposite edge is in the valley of the wheel. I'm too far to help besides that.
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
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Old 07-14-2014, 03:59 AM   #4
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The other big mistake is not using enough lube. You have to do that last bit of tire in very small increments, and the lube helps things immensely.

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Old 07-14-2014, 05:19 AM   #5
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Thanks folks

I'll definately keep Rosey Toes in mind next time around. I ended up letting it sit in the sun for a few hours and that softened it up enough to get mounted.

Thanks for the feedback.
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All good tips!, i would add;align the yellow/red dot(if there is one) stamped on the side of the tire with the filler stem , MAY eliminate the need to balance ,leave any balance weights now on the rim in place. Long tire irons also a major help. Heidenau tires by any chance ?? if so you have the toughest tire on the market for your first set!!

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I also find if you are having a problem getting them mounted, walk away and take a break. You ended up just getting more frustrated with it. If you talk a break you end up coming back and more calm and working through it correctly.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:37 AM   #8
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Excellent Advice

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I also find if you are having a problem getting them mounted, walk away and take a break. You ended up just getting more frustrated with it. If you talk a break you end up coming back and more calm and working through it correctly.
You're right on - that's what I did walk away and let it soak up some sun.
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Wicked oye...

I tried to mount a tire once resulting in a restraining order
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:29 AM   #10
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As indicated by others it is important to get the tire hot (leave in the sun for 1/2 hour or so), use lots of lube, and keep the bead in the drop centre of the rim (you may need to use some C-clamps to do this).

Another tip is to be sure to insert your tire iron the "right" way. If I'm working the bead on from the right (i.e. the tire is already on the rim on the right-hand side) I insert the tire iron from the left. If you insert the tire iron from the right you'll suffer. Inserting the tire iron from the left kinda moves the tire in two stages - the left-most portion of the tire contacting the iron moves the bead a little bit so it is part way on, and the actual spoon moves the bead fully onto the rim. Take small bites and you're good.

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Old 07-15-2014, 01:16 PM   #11
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I tried to mount a tire once resulting in a restraining order
Good one, before I got the bugger in place I thought I'd end up mounting it all right, or it would end up mounting me.
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