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post #1 of 4 Old 04-05-2017, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Tubes

I've seen a lot of discussion about tires on here but not too many about tubes.

Manage to pinch the front tube while putting on a very stiff tire. Anybody got tips to make the job easier? I did use lots of soapy water.

I went to the dealer to get a replacement tube and they were out, so ordered from Fort Nine and got them the next day.

I ordered extras and got STI tubes for the front. They advertise their tubes as being twice the thickness of OEM, but they actually seem a bit thinner than what I believe to have been the OEM front tube.

I ordered a Heidenau for the rear - had a lot of trouble finding a good tube in the right size range.

What experiences have others had with tubes - any other sources I should be looking at?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-05-2017, 01:34 PM
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pinching a tube is more technique than anything to do with the specific tube. Use lube (soapy water, WD40, Ruglide, etc.) and partially inflate the tube. Make sure your tire irons don't have any sharp edges and be careful.

As far as tube selection goes, I use real rubber tubes which are less likely to split; Bridgestone HD are my favorites and I tend to stick with premium brands; michelin, bridgestone, pirelli, etc.

I used to use UHD tubes such as the ones from Moose racing but they are very heavy, take up a ton of space (for spares) and are overkill for a KLR.

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The OEM front inner tube seems to be of medium thickness rubber, good quality.

I will suggest that light or medium duty tubes with a coat of talcum powder on the tube and in the tire will run cooler and chaff less than thicker tubes. Easier to carry spares.

If the nail / thorn / rock or stick is long enough & sharp enough to go thru the cording of the tire, it doesn't much matter what inner tube is inside that tire.
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The OEM front inner tube seems to be of medium thickness rubber, good quality.

I will suggest that light or medium duty tubes with a coat of talcum powder on the tube and in the tire will run cooler and chaff less than thicker tubes. Easier to carry spares.

If the nail / thorn / rock or stick is long enough & sharp enough to go thru the cording of the tire, it doesn't much matter what inner tube is inside that tire.
Agreed except IME, the synthetic tubes are prone to tearing much more so than rubber tubes; i.e. the big "you are going nowhere until you change your tube" 3-4" tears that can open up from a single point of contact.

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