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Old 05-01-2014, 02:56 AM   #1
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Anyone spooned on the Mitas E-09 rear tire themselves manually?

Just got my new mitas E-09 yesterday and thought I would spoon it on today.

Getting the old TKC off was a breeze as usual and getting the first side of the mitas on was no problem either but the last freaking 10 inches or so of the outside of the Mitas just will not come on no matter how small bites I take... Even tried sitting on the wheel vertically to make sure the tire is pushed as far into the rim as possible to give as much space as it can...

Has someone else manually spooned on the mitas rear? Is it particularly hard or what am I missing here? Or am I just having a bad day?

If it is going to be this hard each time I am afraid to use the mitas as I would really be stuck up the proverbial "dirty river" without any means of propulsion if I had a flat and had to take it off....

And on top of it all one of my shitty tire handles just broke!

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Old 05-01-2014, 08:29 AM   #2
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I've heard that these are hard. I have never owned these so I can't speak first hand however, my k60s were really hard to put on. My advice would be to lube the shit out of that tire. Go and get yourself some proper tire lube and go to town.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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If you REALLY want a good workout, try spooning on MX tires on 12 inch wheels.

These things make it a sooooo much easier:

https://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle...o_tire_spoons/

and lube lube lube and short bites, you'll get it. Also, make sure the opposite side bead is in the channel.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:39 AM   #4
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Well, I've changed about 4 now, all manually and with 10" irons at most. They are a stiff tire, but not any worse than many others. As mentioned, the trick is keeping the tire bead down inside the rim. I use an actual tire lube, or more accurately a tire grease rather than windex or dish soap and that may be an advantage too.
Are you working on the ground or up at waist height? It's much easier when you get the tire up onto a round pail or something so it's not pressed up against the solid ground when you're working on it.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:05 AM   #5
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Agreed, I finally bit the bullet and got some tire snot from the local tire shop. Huge improvement in the garage. In the field, us lots of spit

I have a 16 gallon oil drum in my garage that is a trash can. I took an old garden hose, slit it down the side and slipped it over the top lip of it, works perfect for working tires.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:03 PM   #6
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First set of tires I ever changed were putting the e09 on my f800.

Had to use a pipe on the spoon for extra leverage to get that last 10" on the rim.

Next time, tire changing stand and lube
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:20 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.

I did FINALLY get it on in the end. But it took a lot more than some other tires IMO.

Such a stiff carcass so holding it down off the bead all the way around while doing up the last side was part of the problem and a real PITA.

Only used windex, might need to pick up some real tire grease judging from your comments.

Had it on my workbench while working on it but that was a bit high for really wrenching it so took it down for some parts. Probably a good tire stand would do wonders as well.

Need to put some things on my shopping list it seems including grease and new spoons if nothing else. And a new spare tube...
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:43 PM   #8
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I have a 16 gallon oil drum in my garage that is a trash can. I took an old garden hose, slit it down the side and slipped it over the top lip of it, works perfect for working tires.
Haha. I use exactly the same thing!
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:05 PM   #9
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I also put the tire in the sun for hours to make it more pliable
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:04 AM   #10
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:41 AM   #11
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C'mon, guys. Astroglide.

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Old 05-05-2014, 06:31 AM   #12
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And they like a little cuddle before being spooned on.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:35 AM   #13
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Check this out.
kauritmoto.com
(Search for the thread "interesting new tire tool" in this forum. I can't copy link here with my phone.)
This tool turned an hour of cussing on a rear k-60 to 5 min of joy.
It's a bit heavy to carry on a trip, but so would a set of 10" spoons.
YX, I see you're in Oslo, so should be easier for you to get than it was for us in the New World.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:41 AM   #14
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Check this out.
kauritmoto.com
(Search for the thread "interesting new tire tool" in this forum. I can't copy link here with my phone.)
This tool turned an hour of cussing on a rear k-60 to 5 min of joy.
It's a bit heavy to carry on a trip, but so would a set of 10" spoons.
YX, I see you're in Oslo, so should be easier for you to get than it was for us in the New World.
That tool looks nifty.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:27 AM   #15
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Don't forget that Mitas (like Heidenau) is an agricultural & industrial tire company, so ya kinda have to expect such attributes, even if they dabble in the motorcycle market.



Recognize the tread pattern? They are hardwearing!

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