Newbie Tire /choice /mounting /dealer Questions
Posted March 20, 2002 - 10:25 PM
Im looking for some good recommendations for tires for my 01 WR426. I still have the stockers on there right now but they are pretty much gone at this point. I ride in New England, mostly trail riding over rocks, roots, hardpack with the occasional sandhill. I have heard good things about the Dunlop 756's(?) and am thinking of going that route, but wanted to see what you guys had to say about it first.
In addition, im also looking for a good place to get them. My local dealers prices are outrageous for sportbike tires and from what I know so far, the same goes for Dirtbike tires. Any suggestions?
Lastly, I have no farmiliarity with dirtbike tire mounting etc. as this is my first. I know with the streetbike I usually take em to the shop and it involves balancers, irons, weights etc. However I'm pretty sure I can do the WR tirechange in my own garage. Any specific tools Ill need or tricks I should know? How do you balance them, or do you?
I apologize if these are questions that have been answered 10000 times, I did do a search first but came up with lots of topics, just none really answering these questions directly. Any thoughts comments flames etc. greatly appreciated
Posted March 20, 2002 - 10:59 PM
I order tires from www.rockymountainatv.com. Good selection, fast service, and no exorbitant shipping fees.
Here's a link for tire change tips (no weights or balancing necessary): click here
[ March 20, 2002: Message edited by: skthom2320 ]
Posted March 20, 2002 - 11:04 AM
sorry i suck at typing.
and a few more things. Take out one of the tire stops. Makes things easier. And here is the address for Rocky mountian.
[ March 20, 2002: Message edited by: lewichris ]
Posted March 20, 2002 - 11:16 AM
I get my tires from www.tireexpress.com
They had free shipping last time I ordered and I havent seen better prices than them.
I got a D755 (front) and a D739 (rear) for $120 even.
Posted March 20, 2002 - 11:36 AM
Posted March 20, 2002 - 12:11 PM
Still not bad on the prices though. Most online tire dealers you will find to be very close in price.
Posted March 20, 2002 - 03:00 PM
Posted March 22, 2002 - 04:08 AM
I did get some levers and stuff though, 2 of the ty davis ultimates and 2 Motion Pro 8.5's. I figure the more the merrier right? I also spied a neat bead breaker/keeper from Motion Pro, it hooks onto a spoke and you use your foot to press down and then wedge it under the rim? Anyone use this and have any thoughts? It seems nice but It cost more then 2 irons so I went the cheaper route (this time) but if its worth it, maybe Ill have to get one
Thanks again guys, I appreciate it!
Posted March 22, 2002 - 10:01 PM
A few months back I was flagging at the SX here in Phoenix and I watched the Dunlop factory guy changing tires in the pits. He used one of those and I watched him slip a rim with the tube already around it right into a new tire like he was slipping on his socks. I'm sure alot of it is technique, but that little gadget seemed to help.
Posted March 23, 2002 - 06:02 AM