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Tire removal the hard way

24 Feb 2020 10:25
Camp3
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Tire removal the hard way #1
Old, Stiff, Cracked, Unpliable, etc, etc...would not be pried off the rim with tire irons, heat it up with a heat gun til it smoked to get it more pliable, plenty of soapy water. Had to pinch the tire with a clamp to get it to move toward the opposite side bead. I must be doing this wrong.
I finally had to cut the bead to get the tire off the rim, is there a better way?


1976 DT175C
1975 DT100B Kid Trainer
1974 DT250A In Process
1992 FJ1200

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24 Feb 2020 11:42
Gr8uncleal
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Tire removal the hard way #2
Me? I just take it to my mate who I play cricket with and who has his own tyre fitting business. Free removal and fitment of the new tyre whilst I chat to his dad about old bikes and his days racing back in South Africa/Zimbabwe (he moved over here to the UK a long while back).

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24 Feb 2020 12:32
darinm
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Tire removal the hard way #3
I had to do the same for removing the original tires from my CT2, just so stiff from all those years on the bike.

1972 Yamaha CT2 175
1972 Suzuki TS 185 Sierra
2001 BMW F650GS
2006 Yamaha XT225
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24 Feb 2020 13:11
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Tire removal the hard way #4
Same here, I cut old tires off. I don't worry about the tubes, new tires get new tubes and rim strips. I use a box cutter type knife with good sharp blade. Cut the side wall around the tire both sides. Usually the bead that's left comes off pretty easy. If not there's the bolt cutters. To me this saves a lot of wear and tear on rims.

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72 RT2
74 250A
78 XT500E
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24 Feb 2020 16:13
Schu
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Tire removal the hard way #5

Camp3 wrote: Old, Stiff, Cracked, Unpliable, etc, etc...


Whoa. For second there I thought I was reading another Birthday Card. ;)

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70 Yamaha CT175
71 Yamaha CT175
71 Yamaha JT60
72 Yamaha JT60 (2)
74 Yamaha DT360
75 Yamaha GT80
75 Yamaha DT100
75 Yamaha DT125
75 Yamaha DT175
76 Yamaha DT175
75 Yamaha DT250 (2)
75 Yamaha DT400
76 Honda Z50
17 Yamaha SCR950

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25 Feb 2020 09:46
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Tire removal the hard way #6
I was able to change the front but gave up and took the rear into the local shop. $38 for new tube and mount and balance. Seemed like a good deal after an hour of knuckle busting!

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