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post #1 of 22 Old 06-13-2016, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Changing my own tires?

I plan on changing my own tires from here on out. I plan on using Shinko 804 805 and I know that they tend to wear out and around 5,000 miles on the rear. I simply can't afford to bring them in to the dealer so I'm going to pick up a bead breaker as well as a manual tire balancer. Is there anything that I should be aware of when changing the tires on my vstrom. I pulled plenty of rims on Harleys and I also see that there is an ABS ring going around the rim. Thoughts?
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-13-2016, 12:20 PM
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My brother and I did mine a couple weeks ago. With the right tools and two sets of hands it wasn't that hard. He is a mechanic and he said the most common mistake is not seating the bearings properly when reinstalling.

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My brother and I did mine a couple weeks ago. With the right tools and two sets of hands it wasn't that hard. He is a mechanic and he said the most common mistake is not seating the bearings properly when reinstalling.
What bearings? Wheel bearings? Unless you replaced them too I don't understand why you need to "seat" the existing bearings... I do my own tires as well, never needed to touch my wheel bearings at all during new tire installation..
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^ same here

I've been changing my own tires since 09, never reseated any bearings... maybe I'm one of the one's he's talking about
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I have done all my tire changes myself with the simplest of tools. Nothing special about the Wee or Vee2 wheels. Take a little care and you might not even scratch the rims.

I use a square made from 2x4 to support the wheel and a 2x4 block nailed to a beam as a leverage point for my 2x4 bead breaker. Leverage is the key.
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I have done all my tire changes myself with the simplest of tools. Nothing special about the Wee or Vee2 wheels. Take a little care and you might not even scratch the rims.

I use a square made from 2x4 to support the wheel and a 2x4 block nailed to a beam as a leverage point for my 2x4 bead breaker. Leverage is the key.
I definitely plan on using two-by-fours. I have the spoons in the rim protector but has anyone tried the zip tie method? I was looking at that online and it sure seems simple enough.
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I used a spare car tire (mounted) instead of 2x4's. Motorcycle tire sits on it well and brakes are off the ground.
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Save your money on the wheel balancer. Especially with tires like the 804/805 as they wear a bit funny and that would influence balance during the life of the tire. I have a complete tire balancing system. Once in a while I will use it, most of the time I don't. If there is a dot of color on the tire, locate that as near the valve stem as possible. If you do have a vibration, and you are sure it is the tire, it is more likely a problem with the tire being out of round or having a problem with a belt than being out of balance.

I know I will get instructed after this post about how important tire balancing is. How much improvement tire balancing beads give. So be it. I have learned better. I consider balancing aids put in through the valve stem to be snake oil and of no value beyond the placebo effect.
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I recently bought the harbor freight motorcycle tire changer adapter and LOVE IT. It was on sale for less than $40 delivered and it is worth 4x that. I still use the spoons and just use the HF adapter as a means to hold the wheel, but it makes it so much easier than wrestling it on the 2x4's and such.
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I recently bought the harbor freight motorcycle tire changer adapter and LOVE IT. It was on sale for less than $40 delivered and it is worth 4x that. I still use the spoons and just use the HF adapter as a means to hold the wheel, but it makes it so much easier than wrestling it on the 2x4's and such.
I plan on going to Harbor Freight today to pick up their bead breaker. You say there's an adapter?
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