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How To Mount Motorcycle Tires
To keep your motorcycle running smoothly, you need to look for proper inflation of the tires and need to learn how to mount motorcycle tires. A tire change is required by all motorcycles at one point or another, so why not just learn to do it yourself.
Things you’ll need to mount motorcycle tires:
- Changing stand
- Motorcycle lift
- Hex wrench
- Valve core tool
- Ratchet wrench
- Tire irons
- All purpose tire spray cleaner
- Rust remover
- Tension gauge
- Anti-seize lubricant
- Cotter pin
- Using the jack lift your motorcycle until the tires can be comfortably worked on.
- Using a hex wrench undo the mounting clasps holding the wheels onto the brake pads. With a ratchet wrench remove wheel axle nuts. Before removing the wheels let the tire air out.
- Using the valve core tool remove the air from a brand new tire and place it over the changing stands.
- Thrust together the 2 tire beads while you pull the tire to one side as far as you can. Place the beads on the rim’s narrowest part.
- Insert the loose spaces between the rim and the beads with a tire iron. Fix one more tire iron between the rim and the beads at a distance of 4 inches from the earlier one. Get the beads over and above the rim. Continue to add the tire irons till one of the tires’ sides is completely away from the rim. Repeat the same process to remove them from the other end of the rim.
- Take out the tire tube. If it’s the tubeless tire, remove valve stem.
- Wash the valve stem as well as the beads using rags and the tire cleaner spray. If it has rust formed on the edges of the rim then use the rust remover to remove it.
- Change valve stem, if required.
- If the tire is with a tube then fill it with a little air without twisting it and put it back in the tire.
- Using your hands, tuck the beads to the lower part of it. Using the tire irons install the tire gently on the rim.
- Tuck the beads to the rim top and install the remaining tire gently on the rim.
- Make bead strap tighter while spreading the beads. Release it while filling the air in the tire. Put the tire inside soap water so as to ensure that no air is leaking.
- Use the brake pads as guides and fasten the wheel to the bike. Fit the wheel gently keeping it straight.
- Position the pulley and move it gently on the drive belt. Slowly lower the lift down and adjust the wheel correctly.
- Put on to the axle the anti-seize lubricating liquid and put it back in place. Adjust and tighten belt tensioners. Using a gauge test the tension and lock it. Place in a fresh cotter pin. Making sure that everything is tightly locked remove the bike from the lift.
Posted on: Sep. 26, 2010