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post #1 of 11 Old 01-11-2016, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Bridgestone BWs install

I've been very happy with the OEM Battle Wings, so I decide to get a new set that I was planning to install over the winter; but after close inspection I'm thinking that the sidewall is so stiff on these tires that I don't know if I'll be able to install them using tire irons ー as I've always done in the past.

Has anyone here done a 'manual' install (no tire machine) with the BW 502 & 501s, or similarly stiff tires? Can it even be done without damaging the rims?
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I did it and I had never changed a tire before. I used the zip tie method and it worked like a charm. I've put 13k on it without any issues.

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I tried it with my Harbor Freight setup and it was too difficult, so I just took the tire in. Very stiff sidewall as mentioned.
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Yup. These are nice but unfortunatelly good for only 13000 km or so.
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Yup. These are nice but unfortunatelly good for only 13000 km or so.
I have 7000 miles on mine and they are due to be changed. I'm 6'3 285 lbs so I think that has a look to do with the mileage.

If you change them - do you balance them?
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i put a BW rear on my glee with tire irons. Yea, it was kind of a bitch, but if this almost-50-year body could do it, then pretty much any youngin could handle it. I wouldn't want to attempt it at 70, though.

I removed the existing weight and used Balance Beads. No issues.

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I have 7000 miles on mine and they are due to be changed. I'm 6'3 285 lbs so I think that has a look to do with the mileage.

If you change them - do you balance them?
You can use beads to balance them.

I didn't find them that hard to change but I have nothing to compare to. I will let you guys know how the pilot road 4 install goes.

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I've been mounting my own tires for 6 years now. Haven't balanced one since my first couple, and haven't had one problem, not even on high performance machines. :beatnik:
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I used the zip tie method and it worked like a charm…
Zip ties… Does that really work? I've seen it done on some videos but it just doesn't look look like it would work on tires as stiff as these.
If it works, I might have to revisit the technique!
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worked like a charm. you need some big ones though dont piss around with linking a few together. 0 chance of putting a mark on the rim and with beads i had no issues.

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