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post #1 of 13 Old 04-04-2016, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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E07 Dakar Install

Well, I just got done installing the front E07 Dakar on my Glee.

Removing the stock front was easy, getting the E07 on was difficult but manageable. The stiff sidewall is really stiff!

That all took an hour. the next two were spent trying to get the damn bead to seat. I tried every trick in the book but one section about 4 inches long just wouldn't seat. I tired valve core in, valve core out, rachet strap, two ratchet straps... Even resorted to staring fluid and a lighter.

I finally got it seated after inflating it to 50lbs and bouncing it around the garage for 15 minutes.

I am not looking forward to doing the back tire!
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Take it to a tyre shop to mount.. less frustration. The alternative is to look at sourcing the correct tools for the job. Plenty advertised on the internet-net.
I gave up using the 3x tyre lever, rubber hammer, ratchet and finding enough space on the work bench thing. The tyre walls of the modern tyres are too stiff.
In the 1970 /1980's I used to change the tyres myself, but now that I'm older it is easier to pay to have it done. Wiser too, as the rim is checked, the wheel is balanced and down time is minimal.
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Take it to a tyre shop to mount.. less frustration. The alternative is to look at sourcing the correct tools for the job. Plenty advertised on the internet-net.
I gave up using the 3x tyre lever, rubber hammer, ratchet and finding enough space on the work bench thing. The tyre walls of the modern tyres are too stiff.
In the 1970 /1980's I used to change the tyres myself, but now that I'm older it is easier to pay to have it done. Wiser too, as the rim is checked, the wheel is balanced and down time is minimal.
Well that's no fun!
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Maybe try warming the tyre up to make it more flexible. Cold tyres can be really stubborn.

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Lube the beads with something good and slippery. I use NoMar paste and they'll seat without even making the big Pop!! noise. I've also used diluted car wash soap in a spray bottle in a pinch.

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Sometimes there is a tiny piece of dirt or tire rubber stuck between the tire bead and rim. This causes enough of a leak to prevent the bead from seating.
I had this problem on my last tire change and none of the usual tricks worked. I finally cut a .040" thick piece of plastic about the size of a credit card and, after lubing it with soapy water, inserted the plastic between the tire and rim and ran it all the way around on both sides to dislodge whatever was causing the bead leak. Instant fix.
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50 PSI is nothing. I've gone 60-70 to get tires to seat.
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Maybe try warming the tyre up to make it more flexible. Cold tyres can be really stubborn.

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I did have my garage heater on and used a hair dryer to loosen it. The area I was having issues with had been tightly banded for shipping and I was out of town for a week. I think it sat like that for too long.

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Lube the beads with something good and slippery. I use NoMar paste and they'll seat without even making the big Pop!! noise. I've also used diluted car wash soap in a spray bottle in a pinch.
I was using bead lube from NAPA and it worked pretty well for mounting. I might have to try the NoMar lube!

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50 PSI is nothing. I've gone 60-70 to get tires to seat.
Jeez! I'd be a bit nervous waiting for the "pop" at 70psi, lol. I do have a compressor that I used for my siding nailer that would easily hit 70 or more.

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