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    before i break out my tire irons and baby powder, is this going to be the same struggle as a dirtbike? i could swap 21/18's pretty easily. gave up on a 19" rear ktm wheel one time and took it to my dealer



    im nervous because its not hot outside anymore, so i don't know how warm i can get these new tires before the install



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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassAnkles View Post
    before i break out my tire irons and baby powder, is this going to be the same struggle as a dirtbike? i could swap 21/18's pretty easily. gave up on a 19" rear ktm wheel one time and took it to my dealer



    im nervous because its not hot outside anymore, so i don't know how warm i can get these new tires before the install



    thanks




    I just recently installed my shinko sr428s which is also like the 203/204s. It was a bout 65 degrees outside when we installed them. I didn't have any tire spoons so i toke some cheap box wrenches and ground them into a homemade tire spoon. Then with my dads help we used some dawn soap and water and worked them onto the rims. Just be extra cautious of the tubes. Rear tire was the hardest but we used little movements.

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    My tyre changing skills are poor at best, but I can do TW203/204's alright.



    Remember to put a little air in the tube before you put the second side of the tyre on the rim. This helps reduce the risk of pinching the tube, and use plenty of soap or even hot water will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktw125 View Post
    My tyre changing skills are poor at best, but I can do TW203/204's alright.



    Remember to put a little air in the tube before you put the second side of the tyre on the rim. This helps reduce the risk of pinching the tube, and use plenty of soap or even hot water will help.


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    the front was the easiest tire ive ever installed, the rear was a horrible experience. the rusted up bead on my 87's original tire was a killer to pop. finally got some 6" C-clamps and busted it off
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassAnkles View Post
    the rear was a horrible experience. the rusted up bead on my 87's original tire was a killer to pop. finally got some 6" C-clamps and busted it off


    But you did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassAnkles View Post
    the rear was a horrible experience


    I would file that under "the joy of old motorcycles", as opposed to a TW specific hardship. BTW, the easiest way to break the bead is to run over it with the Corvette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    I would file that under "the joy of old motorcycles", as opposed to a TW specific hardship. BTW, the easiest way to break the bead is to run over it with the Corvette.


    i actually put a 12 ton bottle jack on the tire, then pressed it up against the frame of our 4wd dodge ram, lol. it still wouldn't budge
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    a final photo to kill this thread, looks killer, and the all balls wheel bearings are rolling smooth



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    Both tires took less than a six pack.
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