changing out tires
Posted April 21, 2005 - 06:03 AM
I am looking for a Good quality kit and info on how to do it correctly.
I haven't had a flat yet on the WR but I know Ill be stuck somewhere wishing
I hadn't. The last tire I changed had steel wheels, so its been awhile...
Posted April 21, 2005 - 07:00 AM
1. Two long curved tire irons
2. Yamaha, Camel or Petrochem tire mount lube (dish detergent in a pinch)
3. Mechanix Gloves
4. Skabs No Glue Patchkit
5. CO2 inflator and spare cartridges
I do carry shorty tire irons, Skabs and the CO2 stuff on long rides, but try to make it back to camp for the repair. Good Luck!
Posted April 21, 2005 - 08:21 AM
1) Get yourself some good tire irons (buy the expensive set), I have 1 small, 1 medium, 1 really long (came in a set from moto parts store)
2) Get baby powder for sliding in tube in tire and to smell good
3) Have a friend help you hold that baby down while you struggle and curse to get that new tire on the rim.
heres a good quick step by step:
Buy the heavy duty tubes, new bikes come with the cheap thin ones, hence changing mine out, alot less likely to get a flat with those in, so well worth the extra 10 bucks.
I usually ride on the flat back to the truck if I get a flat, those rim-locks allow you to do that. I would only carry a kit if I was doing a really long ride in very rocky terrain.
Hope this helps
Posted April 21, 2005 - 08:55 AM
I use medium bars, gallons of dish soap (barely exagerating), very long nose tweezers to put the valve stem in its whole when I remount and that's about it. You will need a little tool to remove the valve from the valve stem (it's easier to remove the tube if you previously removed the valve completely so it can empty completely)
HTH and good luck.
Posted April 21, 2005 - 04:27 PM
Along with what the others mentioned I would also suggest making up a container of hot , soapy water. This makes the tire slide on easier. Avoid changine a cold tire. They are much easier to deal with when warm.
Michelins are a difficult tire to change. At first try to change any other brand.
Posted April 21, 2005 - 04:56 PM
Posted April 22, 2005 - 04:24 AM
Just changed my tires and tubes last night on the 05 Wr450. I have always had the dealer do it, but in the long run it will save you tons of money to do it yourself.
The dealer I buy my tires off of will mount them for free .I just bring in the rim.
Next time you buy tires ask them if they will mount them for free. Tell them another dealer will and you may take your money there.
Posted April 22, 2005 - 06:06 AM
Posted April 25, 2005 - 12:07 AM