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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-26-2016, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation HELP! Any ideas???

Ok, I've started on swapping my tires and am in the process of doing the front one now. The new tire is on the rim BUT: The beads of the tires won't pop outward enough to hold air. Half the tire is fine, pressed up against the wheel, but the other half of the tire has the beads running down the centerline of the rim. It won't hold air. Any suggestions on how to handle this?

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Lots of dish soap and a high pressure air supply. A ratchet strap around the tire to help push it open helps. The rim has to be squeaky clean. 50/50 mix of dish soap and water to lube the tire and rim...

When I worked in a bike shop, we'd use a half dozen or so wood dowels to open up the gap between tires we planned to mount. A day in the sun, or next to a heater for a few hours would "re-set" a tire whose gap was too small.

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Soak bead with dish soap.take a tiedown strap and put around tire and sinch it in to push bead out into rim.also make sure the dot on the tire is lined up with valve stem.then pump up.bead should set.can also bounce the tire where it isn't seating.

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Ratchet strap around the center of the tread.

Or do the ether trick. Tends to scare people though. Best to deflate and re-inflate after doing the ether trick, don't want flammable air in your tire.


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If you don't have a ratchet type strap, you can tie a strong rope around the tire, and tighten it up by twisting it with a rod.
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Thanks. I'll go out and try some of this right now.

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No-go, so far. I tried bouncing it, using the 50-50 soap/water solution, and discovered that my ratchet tie down straps won't go that tight by a good 5 inches. I'll see what happens if I put a 2X4 block under the strap to tack up that slack............ more to come........

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Don't cut the soap...get a smaller tie strap...

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I think I have some rope somewhere in the garage but I'll look for it tomorrow. Its 90 degrees in there right now. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid 70s and much more conducive to me sticking with it. Perhaps it'll just pop out by itself overnight. (One could only wish.) If, after all my trials and tribulations don't work, I'll just take it to the local Honda/Yamaha shop and have them rescue me. They'll work on the front tire but not the back. Well, they said they wouldn't remove it from the bike but I suppose I can see if they'll do it if I remove it. The nearest Kawasaki shop is, well.... it's not close and frankly they're grade A jerks, to boot. This is my first effort to change a tire myself on a bike and frankly it may be my last.

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try taking just the tire to any local auto garage/tire shop. especially if its NOT a chain store.. throw a 5 or 10 at them, most will probably take care of ya.

with the equipment they have, its seriously going to be less than 5 mins work for them to seat the bead.

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