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Old 12-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Oxford MS Tire change help or mechanic?

New rider here. I have a set of tires for my bike. Having never changed tires on my bike, I was hoping to either find someone to help me and show me the ropes, or someone to suggest a local mechanic who can do it well.

Anyone got anything?

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:06 AM   #2
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New rider here. I have a set of tires for my bike. Having never changed tires on my bike, I was hoping to either find someone to help me and show me the ropes, or someone to suggest a local mechanic who can do it well.

Anyone got anything?

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Start here: Neduro's Tire Changing Class

He explains everything as well as possible. What kind of bike? Do you care about scratching the rims?
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Start here: Neduro's Tire Changing Class

He explains everything as well as possible. What kind of bike? Do you care about scratching the rims?
I had already read the tire changing class link. While very well written, since this is a true "rubber meets the road" thing, at the least, I want someone around when I do it to say if I'm fubaring it.

Bike is a 2007 f650gs. I don't want to just destroy the rims, no, but if they get a little scratched it won't be the end of the world. Bike is for enjoying not babying.

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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Ok, you're in luck with the rims. Unpainted aluminum wire rims are nice because scratches won't really show. Also, the tire size on that bike should make for a pretty easy change. Wide rear street tires are a pain in the ass when you're just using tire irons, I don't care what anyone says.

If I was closer I'd come supervise, but my weekends are pretty full until sometime in January.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:01 AM   #5
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Ok, you're in luck with the rims. Unpainted aluminum wire rims are nice because scratches won't really show. Also, the tire size on that bike should make for a pretty easy change. Wide rear street tires are a pain in the ass when you're just using tire irons, I don't care what anyone says.

If I was closer I'd come supervise, but my weekends are pretty full until sometime in January.
I am actually off all this month, and my bike is mainly a commuter, so it could be that this doesn't get done til then anyway. But I have a garage. :)

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Old 12-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #6
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Ok, you're in luck with the rims. Unpainted aluminum wire rims are nice because scratches won't really show. Also, the tire size on that bike should make for a pretty easy change. Wide rear street tires are a pain in the ass when you're just using tire irons, I don't care what anyone says.

If I was closer I'd come supervise, but my weekends are pretty full until sometime in January.
took me less then 10 minuets to do the rear on the FZ. it's a big fat street tire. but I got tire lube. only thing i don't have a good stand to balance a tire.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:32 PM   #7
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took me less then 10 minuets to do the rear on the FZ. it's a big fat street tire. but I got tire lube. only thing i don't have a good stand to balance a tire.
I swore a few times at the Tiger rear tire, then I swore I'd never do it again. It was a 180/55 on a 5.5 inch wide wheel. The real problem is those wheels don't have much of a drop center or dish or whatever. They were damn near flat across.
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the FZ is real close to that. but I have tools from when i ran that Baja compound IRC tire on my XR400R. it took 3 people and two, 2 foot long tire tools and 2 normal ones to mount that thing.

honestly the tire lube makes a big difference. next time you are down this way swing by and get some,
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:40 PM   #9
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Balancing is the thing for me. I believe I could physically get the new tire on there, but I have no idea how to balance a tire, or the equipment to do so. So while I hate to just throw money at the problem, I'm willing to pay someone to do it - so anyone know a reputable guy in Oxford?

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:46 PM   #10
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watch this to quickly learn how to balance your tires. same principle works with a home made $10 balancer made out of a 1/2in shaft and two bearings.



watch this video even if you are using tire levers... teaches critical techniques used no matter how tire is changed.


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Old 12-08-2012, 07:54 PM   #11
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watch this to quickly learn how to balance your tires. same principle works with a home made $10 balancer made out of a 1/2in shaft and two bearings.
So what you're saying is that I have no excuses, huh. :)

Thank you, by the way!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:55 PM   #12
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harbor freight $40


here's what I'm using ... a No Mar Monster Balancer, which works no better than home made balancer. just a bit easier to use with all the extra cones.

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:27 AM   #13
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Where do you get the balance weights?
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:01 AM   #14
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Where do you get the balance weights?
I used to know a guy at a tire shop and got some from him from time to time for free. Of course the shop closed...

I use these now: http://www.amazon.com/Motion-Pro-08-...o+tire+weights

NAPA might have them too.
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Im 30-40mi north of ya by independence ms.
If you wanna ride up here, I'll go thru it with ya.

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