Tire Mounting/Balancing/Tools or How to Mount and Balance Tires
by Mac Kirkpatrick

This is for all of you who may, now or in the future want to mount and balance your own motorcycle tires. Save this email if you may want to do this in the future.

An initial monetary outlay is necessary but the benefits are that you save money and you can change your own tires when YOU want to. NOTE: Paul Glaves wrote an EXCELLENT article in the Oct 2000 issue of the BMW MOA News about changing and balancing tires.

Tubeless Tire Bead Breaking: If the tire is too wide for a bead breaker to fit over it (my 5.5 inch rear tire on my K12RS is like that) or if you do not want to buy a tire bead breaker at all, do the following to break the bead: Jack up a car. Carefully. Get a car tire about 4 inches off the ground. Lay the dismounted moto wheel with tire on the ground beside the car, under a piece of spare rug (to protect the wheel/discfrom getting scratched.) Make sure there is no air in the moto tire. Take a piece of 2X4 about 16 inches long, and put one end on the moto tire very near the rim but not touching the rim, and slide the middle of the piece of wood with tire/wheel under the car tire.  Then carefully let the car tire down on the wood and the tire will break away from the rim. You may need to do this another time on the same side of the tire and then turn the tire over and do it on the other side of the rim. The bead is now broken and you can proceed with levering the tire off the rim using Paul's instructions below. Paul's instructions are the best I have seen in writing. Tube type tires are much easier to break the bead.

Here are my sources for obtaining the necessary items to mount and balance your own tires. A link for flat tire repair kits is below also.

http://www.tireqwik.com/tireqwik/

http://www.motionpro.com/maintools.html

http://www.specii.com/shop.html#wheel

http://www.ctm-design.com/prolevr/index.html

http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/balancer.html

http://www.stopngo.com/

Flat tire repair kits for cars, motos and ATVs. You can call Precision Mfg. & Sales, Clearwater, FL at 800/237-5947 and request their catalog. It will have everything you need to change and balance tires. Their tools are very good.

The other sites above also have tools. One may suit you better than another. Get the longest tire irons you can buy as they have more leverage and you will need it.

Mac Kirkpatrick, Glenmoore, PA

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