Did my first DIY tire change (rear) Thursday morning. Everything went fine until I went to put the valve stem back through the hole on the rim. When I tried to pull the tire away from the rim enough to get my fingers in there, the other side of the tire gets in the way. I tried using a tire spoon to stop that from happening but then I can't pull the tire away from the rim enough to get my fingers in there to put the valve stem back through the hole. I ended up having to take it to my mechanic to get it done.
What can I do about this? Perhaps use some kind of spreader tool to push the tire away enough to get my fingers in there? If that's a good idea, what spreader tool should I use?
Would this work?
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I don't expect you to follow the following advice, Cloudchaser, because apparently you haven't watched or researched the previous links provided you.
I'm NOT going to suggest you buy any special tools; even the No Pinch one; INSTEAD, WATCH THE FIRST MINUTE OF THIS TIRE INSTALLATION VIDEO:
NEVER MIND THE TOOL; WATCH HOW HE SPEARS THE RIM WITH THE VALVE STEM.
Notice how the demonstrator puts the partly-inflated inner tube in the tire carcass, and FIRST THING, spears the rim hole with the valve stem and anchors it loosely with a valve stem nut.
Next, I shall AGAIN refer you to the videos previously presented you from a thread on THIS VERY WEBSITE:
If you should watch the Bridgestone videos, you'll observe another technique for inserting the valve stem in the rim; but only IF YOU BOTHER TO WATCH THE VIDEOS.
Finally, I'm going to tell you about a little magic tooL (maybe I WILL encourage a tool purchase!). It's a hand-width stick, with a short cable fastened to it in the middle. On the end of the cable is a threaded fitting; threads matching the interior threads of your valve stem. To use this jewel, you remove your valve stem core, snake the cable through the hole in the rim, and thread the fitting into the valve stem. Pull on the stick, and the cable pulls the valve stem into the rim. About $ 5 from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, or at your friendly local Cycle Gear store.
I've got one, but will not trouble myself with a photograph for you, since you have ignored previous suggestions and guidance.
Thing is, Cloudchaser, forum members (including myself) are willing to help you, answer your questions, share experience and information and offer advice in your best interest. However, SOME EFFORT IS EXPECTED from you, as in exploiting the information you have been given.
If you find it easier to run to a mechanic than to click on a link and read it, or to allow a video clip to penetrate your consciousness, that's your choice. But, if you're going to ignore the help offered, why ask your questions here?
Note to moderators: Do what you will about this post. I do not believe I have violated any forum rules in expressing my opinion; I certainly did not intend to. I would simply like a poster to at least read, view, and consider best-effort information and advice, instead of ignoring it and regurgitating a previous question.
For Cloudchaser, best wishes and good luck with your motorcycle repair and maintenance; I mean that sincerely.