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post #1 of 38 Old 10-03-2016, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Tire Mounting on cast wheels

I have always mounted my own tires on my old dirt bikes. On my street bikes I take the wheels to a shop to have the tires mounted and balanced. I'm considering grabbing my tire irons and putting new tires on my '16 strom and using balancing beads. My concern is, I don't want to damage/ scratch my new rims. Any tips or special tools recommended for the black cast wheels?


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I have always mounted my own tires on my old dirt bikes. On my street bikes I take the wheels to a shop to have the tires mounted and balanced. I'm considering grabbing my tire irons and putting new tires on my '16 strom and using balancing beads. My concern is, I don't want to damage/ scratch my new rims. Any tips or special tools recommended for the black cast wheels?


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You can buy rim protectors, but I didn't like the ones I bought. They were too thick/fat and wouldn't stay on the rim for me. I made my own out of thick plastic jugs. I use pool chemical jugs because I seem to have an unlimited supply. You can make large rim protectors, and have several, and yet they store flat. Mine have seen several uses and little damage. Napa is supposed to have some good tire changing lube.

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I tried the tire iron thing but really knocked off several chunks of the powercoating. I was mounting K60 Scouts, which might be the hardest ones to do. After that I bought the Harbor Freight M/C tire changer for $80, some Mojo blocks - $30 and a NoScuff tire tool - $90. Now I can change tires pretty easy without damaging the finish on the rims.

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Rim protectors can be made out of any heavy plastic container like plastic orange juice gallon jugs or laundry detergent jugs. If you do it properly rim protectors are not needed but it does add a layer of protection in case a iron/lever slips.

Your bigger hurdle will be breaking the bead.

Also remember if you are forcing the tire on the rim you are doing something wrong. Typically bead this opposite of the tire the lever/iron is not in the "drop center". If you hear any stretching or ripping sounds coming from the tire when levering it onto the rim stop immediately and re-group. You can easily rig the belts rendering the tire useless.

I have a Nomar and have easily changed over a 150 tires (both tube and tubeless) for myself and friends over the last 4 years of ownership. So I do have a bit of experience. I

If anybody is close to Chambersburg and needs tires changed PM me. For a case of beer and a $20 to cover tire disposal balance beads, I'll change them out for you.
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I always read that people say breaking the bead is the hardest part. That's always been the simplest part for me, and I don't even have a bead breaker tool. I use a long crowbar as a lever, a stubby 2x4 on the side of the tire as close to the rim as possible, end of the crowbar under a car.
Hardest part for me is always trying to get that last section of tire over the rim - without scratching the rim up.

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I'll try making the plastic jug protectors. I assume it's just a matter of sticking a small piece of plastic between the rim and the tire iron?


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I'll try making the plastic jug protectors. I assume it's just a matter of sticking a small piece of plastic between the rim and the tire iron?
Yeah, that's what I do. The trick is in finding a jug that has a good plastic that resists getting cut through easily. I use brake fluid bottles, they are good. I'm sure a quick review of the material markings would show what kind of plastic you're looking for, but I didn't do that.

Cut brake fluid bottles have worked great for me for years, never a scratch on the rims.

The rim savers probably stay in place better, but it seems that every video i've seen where they are used, they pop off constantly. the bottle plastic works pretty well.

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Yes. I have several for when I drop them on the floor or in the tire.

I agree with the Troopers above, if you feel like you are forcing it, something is wrong. Plenty of YouTube videos showing how to do it, but don't let them trick you into thinking it's easy with couple irons. It's still work. The tire changers make it easier.

I'm probably a sadist. I only use a Motion Pro Bead Popper, hammer or hatchet, and three 8" tire irons, because that is all I will have on the trail with me if I have problems. I'm not promoting that idea, it's just a consideration. Frankly, if AAA could get me and the bike home, I would rather fix it there.

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Edit: I should state that the tires replaced were medium heavy carcass Shinko 705s and 805s, not Heidenaus

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These times a million. They are polymer tire tools. Screw messing with rim strips and any other crap.

Buy those and lever to your heart's content. I use the stubby slims. The ones without grips but longer than the fanny packers. Price is for a set and they are worth every dime.

I use a polymer "bead breaker" as well that's shaped like a wedge and you hit it with a rubber mallet to drive it between the bead and tire to break the bead. Works pretty good.

Once you do cast rims you'll wonder why you waited so long to do them. IMO way easier then dealing with a tube and other BS.


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