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post #1 of 11 Old 06-11-2011, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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First time changing tires... ever.

Well, after riding Tin Cup Pass last summer and eating up the OEM tires, I ordered 2 sets of Dunlop D606's when they were on sale over the winter. They have been in my garage until I decided to change them today. Let me just say... THAT'S a BITCH OF A JOB!!!! I've never changed motorcycle tires in my life. Everyone kept telling me "It's just like changing tires on a bicycle." Eh... Bullshit. Same principal, much more ass pain!!!

I'm actually proud of myself for doing it. Money's tight these days and I saved myself about $50 having someone else do it. I did something wrong with the front tire because after I got it back together and started to fill it up I was losing air around the valve stem as fast as I could put it in. I think I tightened the valve stem nut too tight before airing it up. Had a spare tube in my Wolfman Alpha bag that I bought for our adventure last summer, so I took it out and was a little more careful.

I will call it a success after I check it in the morning and there's still air in them. Also after I fix whatever I did to the speedo housing. I had it lined up on the wheel correctly, but when I was putting the wheel on the bike I turned it. i think it's just misaligned.

I also need to adjust the chain again. Seems tighter than it was after I put everything back together.

Either way, I'm happy that I have now done it and if I'm out on the trail some day and run into a flat at least I have some experience with it.

EDIT -- BTW, Thanks to all those who have posted how to's on this site. Helps a lot, as does the 343 You Tube video's I watched before attempting the job.

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-11-2011, 08:22 PM
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...Let me just say... THAT'S a BITCH OF A JOB!!!! .
It gets easier with experience. And proper tools.

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Oh, and I ran two quarts of hot oil through before filling her up cause I'm anal.
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Yeah, I don't have a tire changer. Got everything else, though.

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Enough to take a dent out of the $50 I thought I saved!

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I am still a rookie at it, but i found that using two 11" irons and 1 8" iron works best. It definitely gets faster with practice! Saves lots of $,as does a lot of other " wrenching". The KLR is a great bike for doing it yourself....

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Enough to take a dent out of the $50 I thought I saved!
LOL, good one!
My 1st time it was a BEAR and I didn't install the stiff rear 606 either so props to you for getting it on! It gives you a lot more confidence IF you ever have to repair out on a road.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-15-2011, 05:00 PM
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Yeah, I don't have a tire changer. Got everything else, though.
You're still on the ST-Owners board, aren't you? There are a few changers available in CO. I haven't done the KLR yet, but the NoMar really helped on everything else. (Even if it's just keeping you from crawling around on the floor...)

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-15-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I'm still on the ST forum. I will do that when it comes time to change the tires on the ST. I have a new set in the garage but still have about 1000 miles left on the rear. I want to make sure I squeeze every penny out of them!

Your handle on ST forum?

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My neighbors always know when i am changing tyres.
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