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post #1 of 5 Old 09-23-2012, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Can i change my tires?

Got my PR3s ordered today through a local dealer. Surprisingly, they matched the cheapest price that i found online, but they busted me with $20 worth of tax...
Regardless, the main incentive for going through the dealer was the fact that theyd knock the fee to swap tires down to $21 apiece instead of $50 apiece if i got the tires off of them. But $40 is still $40, so im wondering if i should try to tackle the swap myself. The bike (07 650) has the stock style of tire on it, but at 25k miles, i dont suspect theyre the originals.
My previous tire experience: ive changed quite a few car/truck tires and would consider myself fairly capable, but the only bike tires that ive messed with have been on my tubed 08 klr (and 3 or 4 scooter tire swaps). I swapped the old distanzias out for new trail attacks on the spoked klr wheels.
Tools that ive got and used for the klr swap: Motion Pro bead breaker (the blue plastic one, looks like a tiny shovel), 4 Tusk rim protectors, 3 decent bike tire spoons, 5 gallon bucket (with 3/8" fuel hose wrapped around the top for rim traction/protection), soapy water.
The front tire on the klr literally disbeaded itself once i let the air out of the tube; the rear took a bit more persuasion with the bead breaker. Ive got an idea that these tubeless tires on the wee will be a bear to disbead, but if i can get them broken down, i *think* i can spoon them off of the rims and get the new ones spooned back on.
For those of you that have done the deed, would it appear that i could do this swap myself with what ive got, or should i just bite the bullet right off the bat and blow the $42 before i scratch my rims/rip my beads?
Thanks for any input!
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-23-2012, 01:01 AM
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To each their own, but if $40 was separating me and the tires being swapped out and balanced... heck, I'd just pay that and save myself the time. That said, there are plenty of instructional videos on youtube that make it seem relatively easy and at least you'd know the job was done right, even if it took a while.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-23-2012, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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oops, my bad, looks like i should have posted this in the tire sticky up top. sorry guys, didnt mean to clog the forum with more tire posts
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-23-2012, 11:14 AM
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I don't think you would have any problem changing them yourself. There are some very good youtube videos that show how it's done, in case you want to check your technique.

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The hard part will be getting the new rear over the rim. The sidewalls are stiff. You'll need to get the upper bead over on part of the tire then hold the beads together to get them down into the recess in the center of the rim so you can get the rest of the bead over the rim. It is a wrestling match. Straps around the tire to hold the beads close together can help. If there is a paint dot on the tire, position that by the valve stem. Confirm the direction of rotation of the tire on the wheel. Give it a try, but have the $42 handy.

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