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    Senior Member lugnut's Avatar
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    I just ordered a new front tire and tube. I went with the Shinko 241 4.0-18 like everyone here seems to like. My question is, how hard is it to change the tire and tube out? I have not done this since I was a kid. I also purchased ride on fluid as well.

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    my fav front tire you'll love it !!!
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    Answer: a bit of a struggle, but well worth it. You'll need at least two tire spoons, some soapy water, a new inner tube, and ten minutes to watch a YouTuvbe video on how to change a motorcycle tire. You slip the slip the first bead over the rim, insert the new inner tube and fish the stem through the hole and hold it in there with the nut. Where you have to be careful is when you use the spoons to slip the second bead onto the rim without pinching the inner tube and tearing it. Use the soapy water to wet the bead to make it slip over the rim edges easily. The Shinko 241 is not as wide as the DeathWing, but grips wet road much better. You can corner in confidence.
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    Good choices lugnut, a winning combination for most terrain.
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    I was apprehensive when I first tired it after having not done it for 40 or 50 years. Get some decent tire irons -- don't use screw drivers -- and it will all come back to you.

    Watch this 3 part video.

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    Its not too bad the front is pretty easy. There are some good youtube videos on how to do it. Buy some good spoons. I got a set like these from motion pro but its your choice on tools. Make or buy a set of rim protectors I marked up my nice black rims with out them. I used windex for the lube. A bead buddy might be nice. I didn't use one.

    Here is a good youtube video, its a back tire with rim lock which we don't have but the principal is the same.
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    I good tire stand helps. If you don't have one, get the wheel up off the floor on a workbench, picnic table, or something like that.
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    I hadn't changed a tire in 40 years, like many others, and I managed to do ok if you don't count the missing paint off the edge of the rim
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    Bead Buddy is a a nice plus (I just did two tires wirh it). It is definetly worth the $20-$40 most shops charge. I would put a new rim strip on as well, while your in there. A decent changing stand would make it a no-brainer! Watch the videos and it will be a breeze!
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    Got the new tire and tube and mounted it...piece of cake! Now all I have to do is figure out my air pressures in front and rear!

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