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#26376 - 10/08/07 03:42 AM How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail
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I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread to discuss tips, tricks, lessons learned from experiences in flat repairs. I attempted to swap the stock bridgestone tires for Kenda tires on my XT-225. Completed the front, however got stuck on the rear tire. Bad on this bad experience, I started a quest for knowledge. Unfortunatly, everyone has an opinion as to the “best way” to brake the bead, install a inner tube, remove the tire off the rim, best lube to use...... and so on. During my web searches I found what I consider to be the BEST “How to” video walk thru for tire changing. The 3 part video is taught by Doug Schopinsky from Bridgestone tires.

http://www.transworldmotocross.com/mx/how_to/article/0,13190,1215721,00.html

I also reviewed a How to DVD which had a few tips also.


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I bought a KLR650 rear wheel off e-bay ($200) to practice-practice-practice without thrashing my own stock rim/tire...first issue was to make sure I had the knowledge and tools. I gained the knowledge from the video link above the tools are in the following pictures:


6oz spray bottle, fill with windex to use as a bead lubricant agent. Trail size


tube valve cap has a brass valve stem core remover. A Plastic core removal tool may break (as has)


like so


good small quality trail size gage


make 2x pads...one for brake rotor to rest on...one for my knees


brake rotor size = 13 inches in diameter...to match the 320mm front brake rotor


cut into 1/4 size pieces for easy storage in panniers


epoxy attach velcro on edges


so you can make a circle out of the 1/4 pieces!


in stowed stacked position, along with tire irons, bead holder and bead breaker


wheel pad + knee pad shown. Knee pad is .75 in cut thermarest.


wheel on wheel pad, knee pad, and tools aready to go.


all trail tools fit in this bag


what I carry


+ my trail air pump and jumper cables


air pump and electrical jumper cables


shown here from afar


fits here in right pannier...


release the air out of the inner tube by removing (unthreading the valve stem core), loosen the valve stem retainer bolt


try to break the bead by stepping on it...To no avail with this one. Notice the wheel pad protects the rotor


mount the bead breaking tool


17mm socket, same size as your front wheel bolt!


tighten up till bead move in toward the wheel drop (the center), still no luck


loosen the tool and move it down a few inches, retighten


OK! Once it starts to drop, you can just push the rest of the tire into the rim drop


like so


lube the tire at the rim area


now for that knee pad usage


press down and get the sidewall into the drop, brake rotor is protected by the wheel pad


first bit with iron


while holding first iron, take second bite, use knees(both) to keep tire in wheel drop!


now the tire will come over the rim easy. No fighting now


side wall of tire is outside of rim now


push valve stem thru


pull inner tube out


tube out...now for the best trick from the Bridgestone guy!


plug the air pump from your KLR’s auxiliary SAE outlet


fill with air till it takes a firm shape


drape over finger too much air


just right, finger should be positioned ½ up the tube...No need to remove the valve stem core on the replaced tire!


ready for install...note you can add powder to the tube at this position, make sure blue band of tire faces up


start at valve stem. see blue band.


push in with fingers...goes in easy when partial filled with air


valve stem aligned with rim hole


BIG tip here: goto opposite side of wheel here where valve stem hole is shown. Lift side wall with tire iron


like so...Just guide the valve stem in hole...It is that easy! The tire iron does and the partially filled tire does all the work. No more busted knuckles! Just like in the video! It works!


thread nut on stem abit


picture shows the drop of the rim


lift side wall and check that you can see the blue band all the way around the tire


spray some windex


small bites with tire irons here


use a bead holder to help...like having another pair of hands


work around the tire


1/3 of tire on


2/3 of tire on


relube for the last bit


one last pull....note my knees are pushing the sidewall into the rim drop (from the opposite end and sides)


tire on!


add air...check for leaks, pinched tubes......no issues with this install


tire pump consumes~ 7 amps ~85 watts


tools put away
My lessons learned
1. Worth it to me to buy a practice wheel
2. Right tools help.
3. Video on web layed the technique path
4. Use windex as a lube fill a small 6 oz spray container
5. Fill the tube with some air..no need to “fish” the stem
6. Make a pad to protect your wheels rotor
7. Use lots of lube
8. Check the tire blue markings to make sure no binings.
9. I have practiced 4x times now and feel proficient in a trail/road fix
Keithm
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#26378 - 10/08/07 05:54 AM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: klm4755]
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Excellent, really well done, where can you get the bead breaker and bead holders in the uk if possible?
Cheers Ben
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#26381 - 10/08/07 10:34 AM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the tr [Re: Ben]
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Nice post.
Good info for a newbie bike owner like myself.

thanks Keith.
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#26391 - 10/08/07 02:50 PM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: Ben]
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 Originally Posted By: Ben
Excellent, really well done, where can you get the bead breaker and bead holders in the uk if possible?
Cheers Ben

Ben,
The bead breaker can be seen here:
http://happy-trail.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=HTP-TBB-1
I searched my reciepts for the vendor of these small bead holders, but could not find the distributor. I'll look tonight to see if there are any markings on them for clues on there supplier.
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#26400 - 10/08/07 08:50 PM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: klm4755]
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Keith excellent step by step tire change instructions and great photos.

And to add to the thread fun \:\) ... Harbor Freight currently has their Central Machinery small tire changer on sale. Here is a 4Strokes.com review. They gave it a 4 out of 5. Looks like it wouldn't take up much room in the garage. The tire changer is currently $49.95 with the motorcycle tire attachment another $49.95. Seems like a good investment.

I picked up a 2 1/2" nail on the way home on my all dirt route the other day. I had probably gone 2-3 miles before I noticed it. I thought I was in soft sand, which there is a good bit on the dirt roads going home. So when I figured out I had a flat I was still 4 miles from home. So I limped on home at about 30 mph. Little slower once I got to the 1/4 mile asphalt section. Rode on the shoulder. Got home ok. The 6 ply sidewalls make this possible.

Anyway the point of all this was the back tire was a real pain to get off. I don't remember having this much trouble 30 years ago (I think the 6 ply sidewalls cause this). Plus I couldn't find my tire spoons. Haven't seen them in 6-8 years. So I ordered some from the NAPA dealer. When the spoons got here I popped the tire off on the weekend.

Of course the tube was toast, not suitable for fixing. So I already had a Kenda tire shipping to me from Bikebandit.com. Got the tire but the tube and some other stuff is coming real slow. I think I will head up to Dothan and pick up a tube from one of the bike dealers. That will become my backup tube for the tool kit.

I'm thinking seriously of adding this to my shop tools.

Wade in NW Florida
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Have an '06 XT225. Got it for gas and to keep miles off the new Tundra. Been riding since 14. Last enduro bike was a HD Sprint back in the early 70's. Didn't realize how much I missed the trail riding. Got a '89 Kawa KX500 recently to play with too.

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#26406 - 10/09/07 01:52 AM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: Wade]
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Hi Keith:
I was just visiting Auburn,WA a few weeks ago - was running around the Seattle/Portland area on vacation, it's a beautifull part of the country over there.
Anyway, wanted to let you know I use strips of plastic milk jugs as rim protectors - Just cut up a used bottle into 4" strips, I like to make my strips from the corners, so that there is a natural curve to them. These pack real light & tight, and prevent your rims from being scratched by the tire irons. Helps recycle plastic out of the landfill too.

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#26429 - 10/09/07 06:43 PM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: slomo]
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Do you have a picture of the rim protectors in usage?
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#26442 - 10/10/07 12:35 AM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: klm4755]
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Great write up KLM! I recently changed the tires on my DRZ400 by following that video. It wasn't quite as easy as the video, but pretty close. I highly recommend using rim protectors, unless you dont care about your rims. This set from Motion Pro was cheap and worked great. I also used something called a "Bead Buddy" to hold the bead.

Does anyone have any tips for removing the wheels (front and rear) out on the trail (for bikes without a center stand). Do you just lay the bike down on its side or are there clever ways to prop it up? I hate putting the bike on its side because gas always seems to leak from the tank.



Edited by kmccarthy (10/10/07 12:45 AM)
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#26444 - 10/10/07 02:16 AM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: kmccarthy]
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Nice job Keith. I wish I had this resource before I changed my tires. You certainly prepare well and get the right tools for the job. Having the right tools and technical knowledge are always key to making the job easier. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience with us.

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#26540 - 10/14/07 09:29 PM Re: How to change a rear tire inner tube on the trail [Re: klm4755]
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Hi Keith:
You can see some pictures here...
http://picasaweb.google.com/mo.pixs/RimProtectors

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