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post #1 of 9 Old 02-09-2015, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Buying Inner Tubes Online: A PITA.

It was that time again. I'm putting on new tires so figured I'd throw a new tube in each of them. Time to try to find inner tubes online. It's easy to find inner tubes, but has anybody else noticed what a cluster it seems to be on most websites to find the size you actually need? Maybe it's just me....

I started with the old standbys, Rocky Mountain ATV and Motorcycle Superstore and tried the "Search By Model" feature that seemed to offer every size of tube except for what the KLR runs. I already knew what sizes I needed but thought this would save me some time and effort. It was useless.

After that didn't work, I tried picking inner tubes I was interested in; Plain Jane regular inner tubes, no "Heavy Duty" or "Ultra Heavy Duty" offerings. I found quite a few different tubes available, but nary a one listed the sizes I needed in the dropdown boxes.

I would imagine had I simply called any of the online sites I visited and told them what I wanted, they would have had them and it wouldn't have been a problem, but I didn't feel like interacting with any humans during this process.

I spent like half an hour going to different sites and looking for the tubes and finally just googled "inner tubes for klr650" and the Schnitz Racing site popped up offering plain IRC tubes for both tires and I could order them with just a few clicks.

So, I just bought them there. $13-something apiece which isn't bad. I probably could have eventually found them at a lower price somewhere else, but there's a lot to be said for paying a little more for convenience. Plus, maybe I'll get a cool Schnitz Racing sticker I can put on the KLR.

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I've also noticed that KLR sized tubes are harder to source. I usually used Kenda tubes and had a few spares in the cupboard. Used my last one and went to replace it only to find that Kenda doesn't make the size anymore. Think that was for a rear. Any tubes I did find were south of $20 which I find a little pricey for a tube. I still haven't found any this side of the 49th. Might be time to seal up the spoke holes.

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Got these tubes the other day. Even though the dropdown box indicated I was ordering a 4.50-5.10-17 rear tube, the rear tube that came is marked 4.00-17. Tire I'm putting it in is a 130/80-17.

Do you guys think the 4.00 will be okay in that tire?



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I wouldn't use it. The 130 section tire is 5 inches. Tubes are stretchy, but that one is being stretched out of spec and there's no need to do that.

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Thanks for the input, Tom. I was skeptical so thought I'd get some other opinions.

The rear tube I received is labelled on the box as an IRC-62. That label on the box also describes it as a 4.00-17. The same part number (on other sites, including this link from Amazon,) describe it as a 4.00/5.10-17 tube.





So, not sure if the tube in the box will work okay with up to a 5.10 tire and the label on the box is misleading, or if the tube's a little small to be putting in a 5.10 tire.

Sorry I didn't notice all this until after that last post. I also noticed the "Silver Box" IRC UHD tube (different part number) is also described as a 4.00/5.10 tube on the Happy Trail site.




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If the tube is marked 4.00-17 then I wouldn't use it. If there are other markings on it that indicate it has a multitude of size ratings that would be a different story.

If it it is labeled as an IRC62 and you can trace that to the manufacturer's specs that show it covers 4.50-5.1/17 that, too, would be a different story.

I couldn't find IRC62 on the IRC website.

I would only go by what is on the tube, not the box.

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Okay, I feel like a complete buffoon for not actually looking at the tube. Looks like I'm good. Among the myriad of options on the tube are both 5.10-17 and 130/80-17.

Obviously the part number on the box label is not IRC's part number. There also seems to be sizing information under that label, but the label's adhered so well I can't get it off without tearing off what's beneath it. I'm sure the writing under the label says the same thing that's marked on the tube. I would say it's the IRC T20052.

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It's all right. I was multi-tasking at the time, so technically I was using time that did not exist.

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It's all right. I was multi-tasking at the time, so technically I was using time that did not exist.

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Right on. Time to get some tires changed out, I guess. Maybe next week......



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