Slightly used tire, been sitting up. (&brake pad question)
A friend game me a tire off his old bike that has been sitting up. He bought new tires shortly before the bike broke down, and it's been sitting in the elements I guess for a little over a year. (yamaha maxim 700 FYI, simular model to our 750 in style)
The front tire is the exact same size I already have on my 750. 100/90 15..... I think. Dunlops, but not the same model name. The rear tire will work but it's just a bit smaller. Since I have a little bit of wear left on the back tire and I dont want to go any smaller I didnt take it.
The tred looks great, and still has the little rubber "hairs" on the side edges. I dont see any noticable cracks anywhere and the tire is still holding pressure.
Is there anything I might need to do to treat the tire to make sure it is not too dry before I put it on my bike? It looks a LOT fresher than the one I already have on my bike, it REALLY needs to go!
I was going to order some front brake pads and have the pads and tire installed at the same time. But since I took his wheel off his manga (almost the exact same wheel we use too, even has simular brake calipers) and brought the whole wheel home. I was thinking MAYBE I could install the pads and tire myself?
I've never done either one but I THINK I can figure it out. Use a hammer, couple screwdrivers, and crowbar to remover the tires, then work the new one on? Inflate. And again, never done pads either but looks reletively simple......
Take the plunge and try it? I am not much of a mechanic but I am eager to learn. I figured out how to get his wheel off, unbolt brake calipers, spedo cable, and I took his crash bars thinking JUST maybe they might fit. All with no help, and little to no wrench experience.
Either way, wether I install them myself or have a shop do it, I have a few weeks before pads come in so that'll give me time to uh...... oil er...... armoral..... um, anti- dry the tire?........ If there is any such process.
This still leaves 2 concerns. Facing the tred the right direction, and balancing the wheel.
If I do try to do this myself, is there any bearrings or anyhting in there I should check / lube while I have the front wheel off?
If this goes well, then same process + spline check will be one of my next projects down the line. (diffent brakes in the back though I realize)
I have scanned the verses, and I do have a Clymer manual.
If this can be done on my own, it could be a huge confidence booster for me learning to become a DIY'er.
Last edited by vn750joe; 08-12-2007 at 09:58 AM.