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post #1 of 18 Old 04-17-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Rear tire change

I managed to change my front tire yesterday---rode today. Any of you more senior guy,s have any help as I take on the rear tire tomorrow? Never did it before. Sorry if this is a redundant question. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-17-2011, 05:35 PM
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It's very easy, as long as you can support the bike.. Take the rear brake caliper off, and.. Eh.. Just follow what they do on this...

and part 2 of 2, plus his front tire video..
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Thanks for posting this video! I've gathered up all the stuff I need and have been practicing all Winter on a cheap "Dirt Bike Enduro" tire and wheel combo I bought off eBay for $20 to get used to the process and using my tools, peeling the tire off, pulling out and putting in the tube and tire, airing it back up, etc. But, I have yet to actually remove my wheels and change the tires on my KLR, which I plan to do next month. I have a Clymer manual, but it's nice having this video handy. I think the actual rear KLR tire will be a little "tougher" to change than the wheel/tire I bought to practice on.

Can't remember what size the eBay tire/wheel I bought was, but it's kind of between the front and rear KLR tires/wheels. I'm waiting for a hot, sunny day to do the change; figured it might make the tires a little easier to work with.

I just put a couple of concrete blocks under my peg brackets (I have peg-lowering brackets) and then rock the bike back and forth and add plywood shims on top of the blocks and under the peg brackets until the wheels are off the ground and the bike is stable, kind of a "poor man's bike lift." I came up with this method to install my raising links and it should work fine for doing the tires.

I hadn't seen this video and it's nice to actually SEE somebody doing the wheel removal/install on a KLR (same year as mine) as opposed to READING it. Thanks again!



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I was glad the video helped.. It's easier to post the link and let you watch it a few times, than try to type that sort of info out.. And then you might still be confused..

I love my little netbook.. I'll bring up a video and take it out to the bike, and have it play while I'm right there.. It saves a lot of time than can be used for enjoying a beer, later..
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Just wanted to see what steps folks used to remove rear. Got the tire change thing down--I think!

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Uh... that video isn't great, try these...



There's no need to take off the brake caliper when you take off the wheel.
If you do take it off be sure to use loctite when you put it back on!

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There's no need to take off the brake caliper when you take off the wheel.
If you do take it off be sure to use loctite when you put it back on!
I like to take the caliper off for 2 reasons.. Easier to align the axle and alignment cover/rim/spacers/etc without the caliper in the way AND you can inspect the pads easier.. It's just 2 bolts..
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a bucket works good to work on the wheel
baby powder on the tube
make sure you press the tire into the centre of the rim before trying to get it off and more importantly back ON.

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