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post #1 of 7 Old 12-12-2006, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tire mounting difficulty scale of 1-10 ?

858's on my 02 KLR

Front was about a 2. No issues, no pinched tube. Gave me the confidence I needed.

Rear was about a 7. Tuffer than I thought to break the stock bead. New tire was stiff and very tight. Pinched a tube, so I got to do it again.

Wish the weather was warm so I could have warmed it up. Thought my wife would frown on seeing it in the oven.

Tried hard to keep the tire in the middle of the rim to give me spare room and used some lube, but it was still harder than I thought.

Just wondering how an 858 compares to other rear tires 606? Stock? Slipster?

BTW, they look good, but my first ride with them will not be in a Seattle downpour.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-12-2006, 02:01 PM
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Never tried the 858's, but the stock tires are the easiest to change out of all the ones I have tried. It is easier if the tires are warm, (keep them in the house) One guy said he used a salamander heater and made a tent around the tires to warm them up. :???:

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-12-2006, 02:55 PM
 
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Stock and kenda 270's are EASY. I can have them on and off F/R in under an hour.

Current Duro Median rear is a summbitch on or off. bead is solid and sidewall is very rigid IMO.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-12-2006, 05:45 PM
 
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I just put a D606 on the rear, and it was the easiest tire I've ever done. A 1 or 2 on your scale. (1 being the easiest). Didn't even need lube / soap. But some of the talc powder from the tube ended up on the rim and I'm sure that helped a little. Had a bad valve stem core so I had to redo the tube, and that took about ten minutes. No kidding.
I've put on Conti TKC 80's and they are not too bad, about a 5 on your scale.
But the tire from hell to remove was the Gripster.. what a pain in the butt. A total cussing and swearing 10.

The fronts always seem to be easier because there's more tire bead. I've mounted Sahara's, TKC80's, and a Metzeler Karoo on the KLR front and they all rate about the same in the degree of difficulty...

Incidently, I got over 9,000 miles out of my last rear TKC80! I was down to 1/4" of tread left, but that's still pretty good for a 50/50 dually tire.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-13-2006, 06:27 AM
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Did a set of Mefo's recently, have a HF changer. Tires submitted without a wimper, no curse words were needed.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-13-2006, 07:24 AM
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A rear Cheng Shin 858 is about as tough as it gets when it comes to mounting. It's a 6-ply tire, so it's extra stiff. Extra, extra stiff! 858 fronts are no problem.

Mefos are a pleasure to mount, from my experience. Don't ask me why - it's a sturdy, well-made tire.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-13-2006, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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I feel a little better with someone else thinking the 858 is difficult. I put a Kenda dot knobby (trackmaster) on my XT and it was much easier than this 858. Oh well, now I know I can do it myself with the tools from the simple tool kit plus my two tire irons.
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