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scorpy 12th March 2018 10:50 PM

Tyre fitting
 
Lads there is a serious lack of options to get tyres fitted up here in the northern wastes (south Donegal). My local cage lad said he will do them but he can't balance them.

How easy or difficult is fitting and balancing on your own kit, as I was thinking of getting a rig for it? Alternately, does anyone up here have any recommendations for where ye get yours done?

Some of my wheels are tubed but I think all of the rims will take tubeless.

I have all the tyres already.

R.M 12th March 2018 11:13 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
IMO get it done by someone who knows what they're doing. I'd even travel to the right place, but that's just me who knows SFA. Wheels/tyre are important to have right!

thecrutch 12th March 2018 11:17 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
[quote=scorpy;3525957]Lads there is a serious lack of options to get tyres fitted up here in the northern wastes (south Donegal). My local cage lad said he will do them but he can't balance them.

How easy or difficult is fitting and balancing on your own kit, as I was thinking of getting a rig for it? Alternately, does anyone up here have any recommendations for where ye get yours done?

Some of my wheels are tubed but I think all of the rims will take tubeless.

I have all the tyres already.[/quote]


I was at WSB Donington last year, this is how the Pirelli boys were balancing tyres for the riders. very simple
[URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFsuwBnpYjw"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFsuwBnpYjw[/URL]

Confusion 12th March 2018 11:28 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
[quote=scorpy;3525957]My local cage lad said he will do them but he can't balance them. [/quote]

Balancing them is very easy. A pair of axle stands, a few weights and a
medium-sized planet.

Tip: If you don't have weights available, you can use a few coins
and double-sided tape to check the wheel balance. The mass of
Euro coins is specified within very tight limits. 2.30g for 1c up to
8.5g for Ä2. Once you know how much weight you need, you can
buy some from the local friendly tyre shop.
[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_coins[/url]

[quote]How easy or difficult is fitting and balancing on your own kit.... [/quote]

Not too difficult. You need something to break down the tyre bead.
[url]https://www.pinterest.co.uk/homemadetools/homemade-motorcycle-bead-breakers-and-tire-changer/[/url]

You will need a few tyre levers and some plastic rim protectors. I got some
medium size levers from the local army surplus store. I use strips of plastic
from milk bottles to protect the rims. If you want to make some fancy ones,
cut off a few short lengths of reinforced garden hose and then split them lengthways.

[quote] as I was thinking of getting a rig for it? [/quote]

I can't justify the cost and storage space for a proper wheel
changer. I would only use it once or twice a year. A long length
of timber stuck in a hole in the garden wall does the job for me.

[quote]I have all the tyres already.[/quote]

Get to it then. Take your time. Don't apply much force to the
tyre levers. If you have to push, you are doing it wrong.

scorpy 12th March 2018 11:31 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
[quote=Confusion;3525978]Balancing them is very easy. A pair of axle stands, a few weights and a
medium-sized planet.

Tip: If you don't have weights available, you can use a few coins
and double-sided tape to check the wheel balance. The mass of
Euro coins is specified within very tight limits. 2.30g for 1c up to
8.5g for Ä2. Once you know how much weight you need, you can
buy some from the local friendly tyre shop.
[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_coins[/url]



Not too difficult. You need something to break down the tyre bead.
[url]https://www.pinterest.co.uk/homemadetools/homemade-motorcycle-bead-breakers-and-tire-changer/[/url]

You will need a few tyre levers and some plastic rim protectors. I got some
medium size levers from the local army surplus store. I use strips of plastic
from milk bottles to protect the rims. If you want to make some fancy ones,
cut off a few short lengths of reinforced garden hose and then split them lengthways.



I can't justify the cost and storage space for a proper wheel
changer. I would only use it once or twice a year. A long length
of timber stuck in a hole in the garden wall does the job for me.



Get to it then. Take your time. Don't apply much force to the
tyre levers. If you have to push, you are doing it wrong.[/quote]

Sound, great answers.

eirehead 13th March 2018 09:21 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Yeah, it's definitely a job you can do yourself. It can be a bit of a back breaker, but if you warm the tyre up before fitting it, it'll make half the work of it. Get long levers too. MC Garage on Youtube have a video on it that's worth a watch.

Oh, to remove the tyre from the bead, I use a trolley jack and some straps.

RTV 13th March 2018 10:38 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Kick stand goes for a nice bead breaker too :)

You can also get yourself one of these inexpensive tools from amazon:

[url]https://www.amazon.co.uk/Professional-Motorcycle-Tire-Changer-Red/dp/B00O1SOCSI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520938628&sr=8-2&keywords=bead+breaker&dpID=413Jlx8H3yL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch[/url]

Some irons and you'll be golden!

dukeNblade 13th March 2018 10:59 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Kick stand goes for a nice bead breaker too.
But the wheel is off the bike.
I have an Abba bead breaker, works great. You can get them for ~70 squids
Remove break disks; its easy to bend them when changing tyres.

Doomdom 13th March 2018 11:22 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
fitting tires can be pain in the ass sometimes but balancing is is very easy and can be done at home without any special tools.
Take a look on this video (somewhere half thru video he is balancing wheel):
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11bodOnUXHA[/url]

bmass 13th March 2018 03:06 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Got this advice when asking about doing it over here (Canada...cold!). Keep the tires inside overnight first to allow them heat up and soften a bit. Might not make as much of a difference back home, but wouldn't do any harm. I ended up finding a place to do them cheap so can't help with the rest of it, but I did look at a few options for stands etc. Can't remember too many details, but the long handle-type things you use to remove the tyre (which apparently make or break the home-tyre-changing experience) seemed wildly expensive for what they are.

generalisimo muldoon 13th March 2018 04:25 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Hope this helps.

[url]http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html[/url]

patmck 13th March 2018 06:12 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Declan Quinn in Dungloe will do it if itís not too far for ya,
Garden and bike 95 22382

bandit_eile 14th March 2018 07:03 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
Slightly off topic - what do you lads use to take the crap off your tyres? Fairly sure mine could do with a clean

Jonjo 14th March 2018 09:41 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
[quote=bandit_eile;3526132]Slightly off topic - what do you lads use to take the crap off your tyres? Fairly sure mine could do with a clean[/quote]

Fu#k her into a corner and grind it off

scorpy 14th March 2018 09:46 PM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
[quote=patmck;3526084]Declan Quinn in Dungloe will do it if itís not too far for ya,
Garden and bike 95 22382[/quote]

Cheers. I'm smack in the middle of Drumshambo and Dungloe but at least Drumshambo is on the way to somewhere!

fabiostar 15th March 2018 09:18 AM

Re: Tyre fitting
 
[quote=Jonjo;3526151]Fu#k her into a corner and grind it off[/quote]


lol top class answer:thumbsup2:


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