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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2018, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting front tire

My OEM front tire still had some tread at 6800 miles, but I replaced it with a Shinko 705 and heavy duty tube.
After putting one bead on the rim, I fought with the valve stem for over an hour before giving up on the installation.
I removed the tire, installed the stem in the rim and reinstalled one bead on the rim with the tube laying on the opposite rim.
After that, it was an (almost) easy task to stuff the tube in and install the other bead.
I may have never been able to get the stem of the heavy duty tube through the rim in my first attempt.

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-03-2018, 04:11 PM
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I dislike Heavy Duty tubes in general. The extra rubber thickness makes the whole tire run warmer, which causes increased wear (inside & out).

If the nail, wire, glass or screw is sharp enough to go thru the tire it will go thru any tube, it only needs to be 1, 2 or 3 mm longer to go thru a HD tube.

Glad that you finally succeeded with your install.

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Yeah it's mostly gets easier with practice. I'm used to HD tubes from offroad racing but for the KLR I like the Bridgestone regular tubes - I try to stick with real rubber as the synthetic ones tend to rip IME which can cause "catastrophic decompression" vs. just a slow leak from a pinhole.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-03-2018, 09:27 PM
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And . . . there's a little gadget, a sort of, "valve stem snake," with . . . a handle, attached to a cable with a threaded end (screwed into the inner tube valve stem with core removed). Put the cable through the valve stem hole in the rim, remove valve core stem, screw the tool end into the valve stem, and . . . pull on the handle.

As if by magic, the valve stem appears in its rim hole! Unscrew the tool, replace the valve stem core, and then get about spooning on the casing.

I own one of these tools, but ain't sure where it is just now or I'd take a picture of it and post the image.

Here's one vendor's pitch:

OK; I copied their picture:

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-10-2018, 07:15 PM
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Instead of a valve stem snake, I went to the hardware store and bought the longest bolt (~30mm) that would fit inside the valve stem for less than $1.

The tube needs to be inside the half mounted tire for it work.

I'll admit I did not know about valve stem snakes before purchasing the bolt.

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