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#25309 - 09/05/07 01:32 AM Rear Tire Removal? *****
JoeXT225 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/05
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Loc: Eastern Massachusetts
I finally got my Kenda 761 Tire shipment and decided I'd start the process of changing my tires. I started with the rear wheel, because I heard it was the toughest to do (what was I thinking??) Well, now I concur with that opinion.

The rear wheel removal was pretty straight forward, but how the %!@# do you get that rear tire off the rim? I was able to break the bead using a C-clamp. I removed the nuts securing the rim lock and valve stem. I think I need to pick up a couple of decent tire irons, some Ru Glide lubricant along with a valve core removal tool. I started without these items and now I'm regretting it. That is one stiff tire and the beads don't want to come over the rim. This is certianly not as easy as the numerous bicycle tire and tube replacements I've done over the years. I'm really considering bringing the wheel into a dealership and paying for the change over, although that goes against my frugal grain.

Do any of you replace your own tires and have some tips you could give me or should I just head of to the nearest dealership and pay too much? It sounds like paying a professional might be the way to go.
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2004 XT225,Pro Moto Billet Aluminum Tail Rack W/ Chicane "Canyon" 19 l. bag, 16 LED aux. Brake Light, Kenda 761 tires, 12-volt power outlet, Fender Mounted Wolo "Loud One" Horn Upgrade, handle bar video camera /accessory mount, handle bar mounted watch, thermometer and compass. Garmin Nuvi GPS can be mounted in place of camera and powered using 12-volt outlet.

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#25310 - 09/05/07 02:14 AM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: JoeXT225]
kingbee Offline
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Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 59
Loc: Michigan
Joe,
Don't go to the dealership, you can do it! It's a skill you really should have if you ride off the beaten path- what are you gonna do if you get a flat out in the boonies?

The first tip is you GOTTA have tire levers. I use a pair of the Motion Pro 12 inchers which makes it easy and they still fit in a tool tube. For lube I use WD-40, works great. Ditch the stock rim tape and use several layers of duct tape instead, torn into strips to match the stock rim tape width.

The best tutorial I've found on tire changing is here: http://www.cycoactive.com/mc/trail_tips/ctiw.html

I carry a spare front tube, a patch kit, a mountain bike pump, levers, and wrenches to remove the wheels any time I go riding. If it's a long ride, I'll take a rear tube as well. I don't bother with thin "standard" tubes, I just carry the same heavy duty tubes I run normally. All that stuff came in handy last year when I was riding solo and got a flat about 20 miles out in the woods, way out of cell phone range.

Last Sunday I put new tires on my wife's Serow in preparation for a ride monday. My son decided to take a quick ride on it monday morning, and guess what, he found a rusty old nail on the trail. He didn't have any tools, etc with him but fortunately he wasn't too far from a road, and was able to call me on his cell. So I went to his rescue and he got an object lesson in how to fix a flat on the trail, as well as in being prepared. I reckon from now on he'll have ATTATT (figure it out).

Cheers,
Dave

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#25320 - 09/05/07 10:21 AM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: kingbee]
Tru Offline
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Registered: 08/28/06
Posts: 260
Loc: Oswego NY
I'm not sure about the WD-40, could rot the rubber if not removed well afterwards, soap and water works well, I used two screw drivers and a crow bar before I bought a good set of tire irons, but I popped the tube everytime I took off a tire.
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- Tru 2006 XT225, Larger foot pegs, Sidewinder 16:59 sprockets, Rear wheel & disc brake from 1997 KLX300R rear end, Kenda 760 120/100 rear tire, Excella OF219 80/100-21 front tire, Cargo Rack

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#25322 - 09/05/07 02:31 PM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: Tru]
bgk_225 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/06
Posts: 110
Loc: Central Florida
At home use Windex as a lubricant. Works well and does not hurt the rubber. On the trail I carry a small can or WD-40 since it is useful for many other things.
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2004 CRF230, 2006 XT225, 2015 XT250
A family of Yamahas and a red-headed stepchild.

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#25381 - 09/07/07 02:27 AM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: bgk_225]
JoeXT225 Offline
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Loc: Eastern Massachusetts
Thanks for the tips and advice. I had a tough time with it, but did finally get the tire off and mounted the new Kenda 761 on the rear rim. I have yet to put it back on the bike though (maybe tomorrow). Hopefully, the front will be a lot easier. A friend sent me a link to a great tire change video tutorial. Unfortunately, I didn't watch it until after I struggled through a very difficult tire change process. This guy on the video makes it look so easy. Here is the URL to the three part video>> http://tinyurl.com/fznb2

It's well worth watching. He uses Windex as a rubber lubricant, three tire irons and a neat tool called a "Bead Buddy." I ended up using dish detergent/water and WD-40 as lubricants, and then two Pro Motion 11" Tire Irons. I could have used a third tire iron.

JoeXT225


Edited by JoeXT225 (09/07/07 02:32 AM)
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2004 XT225,Pro Moto Billet Aluminum Tail Rack W/ Chicane "Canyon" 19 l. bag, 16 LED aux. Brake Light, Kenda 761 tires, 12-volt power outlet, Fender Mounted Wolo "Loud One" Horn Upgrade, handle bar video camera /accessory mount, handle bar mounted watch, thermometer and compass. Garmin Nuvi GPS can be mounted in place of camera and powered using 12-volt outlet.

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#25394 - 09/07/07 10:54 AM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: JoeXT225]
Tru Offline
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Registered: 08/28/06
Posts: 260
Loc: Oswego NY
Front tire is MUCH easier.
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- Tru 2006 XT225, Larger foot pegs, Sidewinder 16:59 sprockets, Rear wheel & disc brake from 1997 KLX300R rear end, Kenda 760 120/100 rear tire, Excella OF219 80/100-21 front tire, Cargo Rack

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#25417 - 09/07/07 09:58 PM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: Tru]
JoeXT225 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/05
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Loc: Eastern Massachusetts
Tru,

That's good to hear. The rear tire change over was not a pleasant process. I'm hoping to change the front tire this weekend and looking forward to an easier time with it.

JoeXT225
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2004 XT225,Pro Moto Billet Aluminum Tail Rack W/ Chicane "Canyon" 19 l. bag, 16 LED aux. Brake Light, Kenda 761 tires, 12-volt power outlet, Fender Mounted Wolo "Loud One" Horn Upgrade, handle bar video camera /accessory mount, handle bar mounted watch, thermometer and compass. Garmin Nuvi GPS can be mounted in place of camera and powered using 12-volt outlet.

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#25451 - 09/09/07 08:29 PM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: JoeXT225]
allagainstall Offline
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Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 278
Loc: NW florida
very cool video - its almost always easier to do something once youve seen someone else do it
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#25455 - 09/09/07 11:04 PM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: allagainstall]
bgk_225 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/06
Posts: 110
Loc: Central Florida
Just changed both tires on my Serow yesterday afternoon. 3 hours for both. I does get easier each time you do it. Just takes practice and a couple techniques.

This video is very good. Not sure if it has been posted before.
Tire Changing Video
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2004 CRF230, 2006 XT225, 2015 XT250
A family of Yamahas and a red-headed stepchild.

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#25483 - 09/11/07 02:48 AM Re: Rear Tire Removal? [Re: bgk_225]
JoeXT225 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 363
Loc: Eastern Massachusetts
I finished my tire change over to Kenda 761 tires last Saturday. The front tire, as predicted, was much easier to change than the rear. The front tire was much more pliable than the rear and had no bead lock to deal with. After gathering the proper tools and watching the tire change video and using Windex as a lube, it was a piece of cake. The right "technique" certainly helps. Thanks to all who encouraged me to do it on my own. It was certainly worth it to pick up a set of tire irons (I'd recommend at least three, maybe four) and learning in a "hands on" fashion. There is a lot of satisfaction knowing you can do it on your own. YOU CAN DO IT! and save a lot of money:)

JoeXT225
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2004 XT225,Pro Moto Billet Aluminum Tail Rack W/ Chicane "Canyon" 19 l. bag, 16 LED aux. Brake Light, Kenda 761 tires, 12-volt power outlet, Fender Mounted Wolo "Loud One" Horn Upgrade, handle bar video camera /accessory mount, handle bar mounted watch, thermometer and compass. Garmin Nuvi GPS can be mounted in place of camera and powered using 12-volt outlet.

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