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post #1 of 4 Old 02-20-2012, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Couple questions

I ordered a set of Anakee 2 tires for $229 shipped, but didn't find the correct rear tube size available for it. I guess I just assumed my rear tire had a tube in it, but maybe they're tubeless? My stock tire is shot, so I ordered the tires assuming that I could replace them myself. I've never changed a bike tire before, but I'm fairly handy and figured I could get through it ok...... Am I getting in over my head here or is this doable?
Question #2.......The .22 cent mod looks like a fairly good one to try, but looking through the posts on the subject I can't tell if you're actually drilling the needle port hole or the smaller port to the side of it.
Question #3.....Anyone know if you you can have crash bars that are powder coated black refinished with a new powder coat color without having to strip the old powder coating off first?
Question #4....... At what point and time will I get over the addiction of wanting to spend money on my KLR to make it look/run better....... My wife thinks I may have issues........
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-20-2012, 08:44 AM
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It will have a tube in it. Your old tube may be fine, but personally I'd put a new tube in it while I had the tire off. Tube sizes are kind of weird and you might have to do some cross-referencing.

You can change the tires and it will become easier the more you do it. They key is to have the proper tools and know the tricks. I use three tire "spoons" about a foot long. If you try to use those little 6-inch-long "tire irons" it's going to suck.

There are some pretty good videos on YouTube that will show you the basic techniques.
Just type in "How To Change A Dirt Bike Tire" or something along those lines and a bunch will pop up. It's a lot easier to grasp when you see somebody actually doing it.

On the .22 mod, you drill out the smaller hole that's off to the side.

Powder coating techniques? I don't now.

It took me two years to get over the urge to spend money and change my KLR. I've finally got it the way I want it. Hopefully from now on just tires, batteries, oil filters, chains and sprockets, etc.

Good luck with your tire-changing. Watch some videos and ask questions on here if needed and you'll be just fine.

Here's one video. Remember, the guy has a nice stand and has probably done this thousands of times, so he can do it a lot faster and with less apparent effort.

I think the best tip in this video is the one about the crease in the tube when you hang it over your finger to make sure you've got enough, but not too much, air in your tube before you put it in.

Also, if your tire's been on awhile, it will be a little tougher to break the bead. You won't be able to just push it down with your hands like he did.

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-21-2012, 06:30 AM
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Back in the seventies, we'd break the bead by digging a hole in the yard just wider than the rim, putting the wheel on the hole and driving the front wheel of my buddies VW Beetle over the hub. I don't reccomend that unless you want to learn how to true a wheel or replace a cracked hub. You may need to break the bead loose (all the way around both sides before using your spoons) and I normally use a chunk of wooden stair rail with one end semi-rounded off.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-21-2012, 07:40 AM
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I replace tubes every other tire change, on the KLR.. But the best way to insure that you're going to pinch a tube is to not have a spare one. Do what you wish, but I'd recommend you have a spare for both sizes.

Also, if you're going to change your own tires, the correct tools are going to make your life much easier. Bigger spoons as mentioned really help, and a bead breaker seems like overkill until you get one that's stubborn.. (Most are) Not to seem like a salesman for Harbor Freight, but their bead breaker and balancer make tire changing easy..

I change all of my own motorcycle tires. I figured it out years ago that every third to forth tire is free when buying tires at the best price I can find, and changing them myself.. I've been doing this for over 20 years and will continue to change them until I can't do it anymore.

That said, having the right tools makes it much easier, and you only have to buy them once.. Spend the money for the tools (about the same cost as a cheap tire) and the only time you'll be frustrated is if you forgot to buy beer to celebrate another successful tire change.
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