Mounted Motorcycles Tires Today
HFV last edited by
After learning that mounting motorcycle tires can be stupid expensive, at least compared to car tires, I decided to just do it myself.
My brother in law had some trail side tire spoons from Motion Pro. They are expensive but they work great. I give them a 10/10z especially their bead breaking function. That’s the hardest part and they made it easy.
I used tire shine as lubricant, because it has no other real use. Worked pretty well.
One thing I highly recommend is heating up your new tires befor you mount them. I put a heat gun inside the tire for a good 5 minutes (or as long as it took me to get the old tire off) on the low setting. It really helps soften up the sidewall.
I got some ceramic beads for balancing, come back with an update on how they worked. I did have a problem installing them. You’re supposed to be able to feed them through your valve, with the core removed. That didn’t work at all for me, so I pull the tire below the bead, and just dumped them in from the side.
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@hfv i always seem to add a new scratch, or 3, when i mount up new MC tires
azw123 last edited by azw123
@hfv I'm guessing you installed street tires? Impressive. I've only done them with a tire machine, which is about a five minute job.
Motocross tires can be a real bitch. They're softer, but you have to deal with the beadlock, which can be tough, and they're usually small enough that you have to do them by hand vs. a tire machine. If you're using a bib mousse, best have a lot of tire shine and a good collection of tire levers.
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@azw123 yup. The tire for my Marauder. We also did a true for my brother in laws.
I’ve used a tire machine for car tires, it’s amazing how easy it makes things. Even without one these tires weren’t a huge struggle.
Although it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t do it alone. Having some one less there to help out makes a huge difference.
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@hfv Those tire lever thingies seem expensive for what they are, but are downright cheap compared to a No-Mar or a full pneumatic machine.
Agreed on heating things up a bit to make it easier. I usually just leave mine sit in the sun for an hr or so, and that makes things much easier. Another thing is to remember the drop center of the rim - If you use that to your advantage, everything goes much much easier.
I use a spray bottle full of water with a drop of dish soap for the bead. Seems to make it better for both mounting the tire and inflating to set the bead the first time. Plus I use it to clean the wheel up.
HFV last edited by HFV
@nermal they are a bit pricey but they work. And the powder coating on them makes them slippery enough that the didn’t leave any scratches on my polished aluminum wheels, or my brother-in-law’s painted steel wheels.
Also I did realized that those are the ones I used. I used the aluminum packable version, which are quite a bit shorter. They still worked great, but I’m sure the larger ones would have made things even easier. I may pick up a set on the future.
Here’s a video showing the bead breaker in action. Skip ahead to about 2 minutes.