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post #1 of 15 Old 10-13-2007, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Long Lasting Tires...

I put a set of Mefo's on my '06 KLR 7,500 miles ago ( 15 months). Time to change the tires. I change the front tire no problem, 15 minutes...

When I start on the back I find the axle stuck ( probably rust) somewhere between the swingarm, meaning that the axle is free up to the bearings. I can rotate the axle but it will not be pushed thru the hub. I used my rubber mallet to whack the end a few times and squirted some deep creep on the axle near the bearing caps... still no go. Should I just wait awhile for the penetrant to work a little or ??? Any suggestions?

When I get this off and cleaned up I'll be taking it apart much more frequently and cleaning it so that rust doesn't do this again. Should I coat the axle with something when I re-assemble?

I guess if I would have had to change tires more often...

Mefo's are great tires!! I am putting Cheng Shin C858's on now. Both tires less $$ than one Mefo...

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-13-2007, 01:27 PM
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Give the axle a bit of penatrating oil and time.. PB Blaster comes to mind..

I grease my axles before I put them back in. Saves a ton of hassle..
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-13-2007, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Give the axle a bit of penatrating oil and time.. PB Blaster comes to mind..

I grease my axles before I put them back in. Saves a ton of hassle..
Just got it off an hour ago. 16oz framing hammer and a block of wood. 20 hard whacks later it popped. It was frozen up with the brake caliper bracket. Bearings were fine. I will clean it & lube it up generously when I reinstall.... AFTER I take the tire off again from pinching a farging new tube...

The C858 tire has some stiff sidewalls.... Not enough air in the tube when I spooned it on.

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AFTER I take the tire off again from pinching a farging new tube...

I pinched my first tiube in about 15 years, a month ago.. I was installing my Maxxis 6006's and I pinched the new rear tube.. Since I knew these tires wouldn't see 3000 miles of use, I said screw it and tossed in my old tube that had been used for 8K with the Michelin Anakees I was replacing..
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I changed out my worn out stock rear tire on my '08 klr at 4088 miles yesterday afternoon. I had weights that attach to the spokes I ordered thru Kawasaki, six bucks a piece and used one 20g weight for balance. I bought one gallon of tire lube at Napa Auto Parts for just under eight bucks. I used two regular tire irons with the ends wrapped with electrical tape. I was bad and used the old tube and a new Pirelli Scorpian A/T tire. Everything went easy except for the last foot of rubber over the rim. For that I laid the tire and rim on a milk crate, pinned it with My knee at the transition of in and out of the rim on one end and used the part of the tire iron that looked like a giant straight blade screwdriver or soldering iron at the other until I had six or eight inches still out . Still holding one side with My knee and the other with My hand I centered the iron on the part that was still out of the rim and pried it in. The whole procedure along with polishing the rim and tire and lubeing the chain took about two and a half hours. I got the tire online from American Motorcycle Tire. Paid 103.00 with the shipping. I think it arrived in three or four days. Have it pretty much scuffed in from a ride in Alpine County near Mesquito Lake late yesterday afternoon. So far the only thing out of place has been one missing and one lost bolt attaching the muffler to the bike frame.
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With hopes of getting it rideable last summer I tried to put some Kenda 270's on my DT360. I pinched both tubes, gave up, and had a shop do it. I was pretty bummed.

But, this summer I spooned some TKC80's on the KLR without a problem. Dont' know what changed. I think I even had the same kind of tire irons I had borrowed before. I used baby powder to lube the tube, made sure the tires were in the sun for a while, and Soapy water to lube the tire itself.

It probably took me two hours but I've never been known as a speed demon when wrenches are involved

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post #7 of 15 Old 10-15-2007, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATE:
So I find the local MC shop open on Sunday and they said they could change the tube for me. They used a tire machine and the tire was pretty tough to get on. The tire machine bogged down and they had to finish with a large tire iron. ( should have been a hint for me) I take the tire home and guess what? No air.... Called them and they said to bring it back and we'll do it over. The tire was pinched twice and the valve was torn a little. This time the Sr. Mech did the job. Tire machine bogged down again getting the last foot of tire around the rim. Took three guys to "help" the machine.

Best $14 I have spent in a long time. They were pretty good about no hassle fixing it twice... as they should be.

Greased up the axle and anti-seize on the rotor mount and reassemble was 5 minutes. Rode around my local area where there is a couple dirt roads and a little hill climb. This tire really hooks up. Smooth ride on the street too.



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Just got it off an hour ago. 16oz framing hammer and a block of wood. 20 hard whacks later it popped. It was frozen up with the brake caliper bracket. Bearings were fine. I will clean it & lube it up generously when I reinstall.... AFTER I take the tire off again from pinching a farging new tube...

The C858 tire has some stiff sidewalls.... Not enough air in the tube when I spooned it on.

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Are Kenda K761 tires high mileage? How high? Going to Alaska in July//
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I've gotten better at changing tires on the KLR and V-strom. I just got two new Kenda Trackmasters for the rear and a 6006 for the front this year ($140 with shipping). Oh, I also have two sets of rims so that I can keep a set of road tires and a set of off road tires. It helps sometimes to add some air to the tube in the last few inches of mounting to force the tube into the tire and away from the bead. I also have found the stem valve to be a common point of pinching. So I try to make sure it is clear of the tire by pushing it in to see if there is any resistance from a pinched spot. Seems to have helped the last few times. Avg time per tire off and on the bike is around 30 min now.

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Are Kenda K761 tires high mileage? How high? Going to Alaska in July//
The trackmaster is a great deal in my book. With 50/50 use I've got about 4000 miles on mine and it's still got about a quarter inch of center tread left.

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