04 WR450 2 Rim Lock tire changing 1st time
Posted January 16, 2011 - 06:40 AM
Like everyone else on the 1st time tire change, I am having a great time.
I have let the air out of the tire by just pressing the valve down but have not removed the valve. I can push the tire down off the rim everywhere except where the rim locks are. I have loosened the nut all the way up so I can push the rim locks all the way down to the rim and can push the tire away from the rim near the rim locks, barely.
When I push the rim locks down, it isn't easy but they do go all the way down.
So the question is, after I have pushed the rim locks down all the way the 1st time, should they move up and down easily the rest of the times? Or could my tube still have enough air left in it where that is causing a problem?
I been messing with it for about 2 hours and I am getting close to taking a hacksaw to the tire just to see what the insides look like.
Posted January 16, 2011 - 06:45 AM
Posted January 16, 2011 - 06:54 AM
Posted January 16, 2011 - 11:47 AM
With that said, this is definately not something I would try again. I really just was a complete waste of time and effort. I would rather pay someone for this hassle anyday of the week.
I have 3 kids and so many other things I would rather be doing and for the number of times I would be changing a tire anyway, no signs are pointing to do this again.
I am sure the more times you change the tire the better you get, I have a few more swears and anger in me at this point to at least try to pull the new tire off and put the old tube back in, but I am being optimistic and thinking I will be driving to a shop tomorrow.
If anyone is near Stafford Virginia, I have $50 for you and your mad tire changing skills.
Posted January 16, 2011 - 12:04 PM
It just took me less then 10 minutes to pull the brand new tire off and pull the tube, only to remember I didn't need to take the whole tire off to replace the tube. ha ha, good times... I think I was so impressed with my speed at getting the tire off I lost track of what was trying to accomplish (replace the tube)
Posted January 16, 2011 - 03:28 PM
Tools that make it easier:
A good stand. I use a sturdy trash can at home.
Gloves.... protect those knuckles.
Tire irons. I use three of the short motion pro irons.
Tube Snake. Helps tremendously with the valve stem.
Bead Buddy. Also by Motion Pro
Soap in a spray bottle. Something to lubricate the tire/wheel. I use windex (I dont know why, but it works), this helps the old tire come off more easily. Also sprayed when installing tire to help seat the bead onto the rim.
Posted January 16, 2011 - 04:02 PM
I put my old tube (looked fine) back in with the new tire and have it ready to go back on the bike. Tomorrow I will do the front tire (1 rim lock).
The tough part for me seems to be when you are standing there with the tire in one hand and the rim in the other. Getting through that first step of getting the tire onto the rim is interesting. The first time I lucked out and had the sprocket side down, but the second time around I must have zigged instead of zagged and got to do it sprocket side up.
I think one of the hardest things was getting the tube valve through the rim. Just not a lot of room to work with.
Posted January 16, 2011 - 04:44 PM
Posted January 16, 2011 - 06:02 PM
I spend more time pushing the bead in then reefing on irons. Soon as it gets hard to pull with a 12" iron, I know the bead isn't all the way seated in the center hoop somewere, and push on the tire to seat it, rather than reefing on the irons.
Takes me less than 10 min to change a tire, longest process is getting valve stem in on a front tire.
And throw that 2nd rear rimlock out IMO, no need.
Posted January 17, 2011 - 11:29 AM
That was the video that got me doing my own tire changes.