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Offline Burkslaw

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Zip-tie tire mount-- It really works!
« on: June 25, 2022, 08:18:18 PM »
Mounted a new rear Battleax on my '02 Stone today using the zip-tie method I've seen on Youtube. It was MUCH easier to get on than I expected. I think the more zip-ties used the easier it may be. Only took me 2 or 3 small bites with tire irons to get it on after pushing it 3/4 of the way onto the rim. 


Offline wymple

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Re: Zip-tie tire mount-- It really works!
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2022, 08:50:54 PM »
Depends on the tire & rim. I've had an impossible experience a couple of times.
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Re: Zip-tie tire mount-- It really works!
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2022, 10:40:04 PM »
Thanks for passing this suggestion along.  I still change tires by hand with the little 6" tire levers I used in the 1950s and a heavy rubber hammer and, yes, I use very profane language when doing it.

I also try to do my tire changes on really hot, Texas summer afternoons, after the tire has sat in the sun for a few hours and is more flexible.  A heat gun will do the job, but I feel it's safer for the tire to use the sun's heat.  A little Windex spray on the tire bead facilitates mounting, too.

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Re: Zip-tie tire mount-- It really works!
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2022, 07:27:36 AM »
Depends on the tire & rim. I've had an impossible experience a couple of times.

I tend to agree.  Installing a new Battlax BT46 on my '87 LMIV rear was far easier than installing a Michelin Anakee Adventure on my '12 Wee Strom.  However, if ty-raps work for some of you, awesome!

FWIW, a few years ago got nomar & Mojolever tire bar and it is working for me so far (I had no success with nomar's tire bar).  However, I have used a powered changer in the past and think they're far superior but no longer have access to one.  On the other hand, shortly after I bought the nomar, a motorcycle repair shop opened up in the neighborhood.  If I had a clue that a repair shop would open close by I don't think I would have invested in a home set-up.
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Re: Zip-tie tire mount-- It really works!
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2022, 07:27:36 AM »

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Re: Zip-tie tire mount-- It really works!
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 10:55:00 AM »
Thanks for passing this suggestion along.  I still change tires by hand with the little 6" tire levers I used in the 1950s and a heavy rubber hammer and, yes, I use very profane language when doing it.

I also try to do my tire changes on really hot, Texas summer afternoons, after the tire has sat in the sun for a few hours and is more flexible.  A heat gun will do the job, but I feel it's safer for the tire to use the sun's heat.  A little Windex spray on the tire bead facilitates mounting, too.

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I used to change tires on the ground with my stubby tire irons from the 70's.  Figured I have done it so many times I was doing the best I could. Then I picked up some new, longer tire irons and a Harbor Freight tire changing stand. WOW. What a difference. Not having to bend over so much makes it much easier on my now old back. Using Bead Buddies helps even more. Made me wonder why I waited so long.  :grin:
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