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post #1 of 31 Old 06-21-2013, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I must have pinched the tube

Changing out my front tire. It took 3 hours (including 2 trips to the parts store), and I don't know if I have the energy to do it all again today!

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post #2 of 31 Old 06-21-2013, 04:19 PM
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Respecting knowledgeable professionals and their opinions on this website, I think PARTIALLY INFLATING the tube, so the tube is less inclined to be pinched by the tire irons (spoons), is a key countermeasure to pinching tubes upon installation (I've pinched my own fair share!).

Second, SPOONS, vs. your basic tire IRONS, my help avoid pinching upon installation.

Finally LOTS of "How To Change Motorcycle Tire" video clips are on the 'Net; here's one:

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I watched the video by rebelyell91. I did partially inflate the tube, coated it with baby powder, used Windex to lubricate the bead. Finally, I took it off and cropped it off at Ride Now, where they charge $25 to change and balance a tire.

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where they charge $25 to change and balance a tire.
well worth the money for the aggravation it can cause, plus it's balanced too
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if at once you dont succeed try try again...with a bigger hammer. i pinch tubes sometimes too i know your frustration, luckily i havent pinched one in the last 10 or so tire changes so i feel a little confident atm

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I've changed a few, and this is my first pinch. I won't be changing them anymore. I like the $25 pricetag!

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I've changed a few, and this is my first pinch. I won't be changing them anymore. I like the $25 pricetag!
That's cheap for changing a tire, especially a tubed one.



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That is a good price for changing and balancing a tire. I find the hard part to be getting the tire off the bike though, the actual change part is not to bad.

That being said though, I think when my old wing needs new shoes I'll probably take it in and get it done... I've never changed a tubeless motorcycle tire before.
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That is a good price for changing and balancing a tire. I find the hard part to be getting the tire off the bike though, the actual change part is not to bad.

That being said though, I think when my old wing needs new shoes I'll probably take it in and get it done... I've never changed a tubeless motorcycle tire before.
Last time I changed tires on my Nomad they wanted $250 to R&R the tires if I brought the bike in. It was $75 to get it done if I took the rims off the bike. I imagine it may be a chore on a GW though! Wasn't too bad on the Nomad.
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That's cheap for changing a tire, especially a tubed one.
Speaking of tubeless, my front Kenda K761 front tire says it is tubeless (although it has a tube in it now). Does anybody run tubeless on a KLR? I would imagine it would require an alloy, rather than spoked rim?

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