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06-30-2014 10:35 PM
robsp2 My wheel got ruined a couple of days ago by a shop. Value Cycle in Conyers Georgia. I'm pissed and should have just done it myself.
11-26-2013 10:22 AM
NCStephen I recently changed out some Q2s for some Q3s on the bike. I tried the zip tie method. Basically 4 aren't enough, 6 was good. 5 might be good on each tire.

Once the bead was broken it was quick work to feed a few zip ties through and around the tires. A little windex and you pry the first edge (which is both sides of the tire) over while pushing it down and off and then it all comes off, both side since they are bound together as one.

Putting on is similar with the last 3 inches needing a little encouragement. One slipped on with some hand force, the other needed one use of a spoon. Again, both side are bound together and go on as one.

I used a Marc Parnes balancer which worked like a charm. Out of curiosity I balanced the rim first, with valve stem. It required 6 squares to balance the rear rim. To balance it with the tire on then required taking 1 off. Front only took 1 and then with tire on that required no adjustment.

The hardest job was breaking the beads.

11-11-2013 11:53 AM
The Stig Just wanted to say thanks to b.miller123.
On your advice - I got the rim protectors and just finished fitting new tires to 4 rims.
2 for my motard project and 2 on my spare SP2 rims, which Carlos will borrow to put on his bike for now, so his originals can be powder coated.

Was really easy to fit these. The trick with the ratchet strap worked well and just being patient and carefully levering the tire on left no scratches at all.

Now I just need to get my tire inflator back from my local buddy, so I can connect up the compressor and pop the SP2 tires onto their bead.

Still not tried removing tires, but I'll get around to that soonish. Then I'll use the new balancer to finish off. No more paying local extortinate costs for fitting bike tires!

TDR250 new front wheel, disc, caliper & tire:

SP2 wheels & tires for Carlos' project.

10-17-2013 10:03 PM
jondog9 ^ Nice Stig.
10-17-2013 07:22 PM
The Stig
Originally Posted by jondog9 View Post
I'd be interested in some pictures of it in use, and a review from you.
That's exactly the one I was interested in.
No worries, John - I'll be sure to write up my experiences when changing tires for the first time. I'll have a total of 3 to remove and 5 to fit over the next 2 months & 1 as a practice on an old front wheel and tire for a VFR.
When doing the proper fitting I'll also need to balance wheels so will shoot a few pics of the balancer in action.

First impressions are that it'll be very easy to use, as the bearings seem to move freely. With the wing bolts in a row, I was finding they'd get to the bottom easily. The aluminium cups are not of the best grade material (Not unexpected - for the job they do) so I'll probably spray them with machine oil to keep them from becoming too furry.

So we'll see.
10-17-2013 06:33 PM
Originally Posted by madbuyer View Post
Fixed it for ya...

Alright! Spoons in both metric and english measurement.
10-17-2013 05:40 PM
jondog9 I'd be interested in some pictures of it in use, and a review from you.
That's exactly the one I was interested in.
10-17-2013 02:38 PM
The Stig Got my static wheel balancer from today complete with wheel weights.
Will work on the SP2, VFR and other bikes, it seems. Nice kit - fits on my rear stand too.

Should be getting my Motion Pro Tools soon.. Then I can change Carlos' tires next month when they arrive from the US. Happy days!
09-25-2013 10:55 PM
The Stig I guess I'll try both the Motion Pro solutions and get some more if needed for next time. Yeah, I prefer to do my own work on the bike anyways. Taking a wheel somewhere just to get a tire changed is a pain and takes more time than I think I can do it myself. And I can continue to buy cheap tires in the US & have them shipped to Japan too.

Crazy to think Bridgestones are made here and have to go around the world to be cheaper that buying locally. Not very Carbon neutral, when it takes 50,000 litres of fuel to fly a cargo plane each way.
09-25-2013 10:07 PM
b.miller123 I have the blue ones with the ropes on them. At first I thought about getting the others, but I'm glad I have them since I can imagine it is hard to fish them out if they go in when you are putting the tire on. A simple solution would be to tape them on with some painter's masking tape.

It's understandable for a shop to not want to do changes on aftermarket wheels. One slip up on a job that nets them a few bucks could cost them thousands.

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