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Anyone swap tires yet? What tools are you using, tire irons? I watched a YouTube video of a guy using zip ties for both removal and installation. Input requested, Thanks!
Or I'll just breakdown and pay $28.50 per tire after taking them down to Honda.
 

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Something this small you should be able to do them with tire irons. and then take them to cycle gear for a free balance.
 

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I installed my Michelin Power Pures on myself, at home, with a tire iron, squeeze bottle of diluted soapy fluid, and zip ties. If you want perfect or unscratched rims then I suggest you take your bike to a shop to have professionally done. I've done BMX tires for many many years in the past of riding, and have done automotive wheels for a bit too, so I know certain tricks & tips about it. But if you're new to it, I wouldn't suggest trying if you want your rims to be in tip top shape.
 
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I did try the zip tie method for installing the tires, and worked surprisingly well, just have to make sure you have good zip ties. Did not attempt or see how to remove the tires using this method though.
 

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Zip tie method ? Do tell ..


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Zip tie method ? Do tell ..


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Do a search on YouTube. I even went out and bought heavy duty zip ties after watching the videos but in the end, I'll probably pay to have them mounted.
 

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i saw a couple videos jsut now about how to install with the zip ties, looks like the more ties, the better, and the nylon probably helps it slip over the rim. But i did not see anything showing how to get it OFF. Seems to me that would be much harder. I may have to try it on my XR80R, it needs a new rear. I have never had good luck trying to change tires myself in the past, always gave up and took it to a dealer. You just can't stretch rubber with a "spoon".
I did do one on my own ... 1996 Z50R. the rims are bolted together, and there are tubes.
 

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I installed my Michelin Power Pures on myself, at home, with a tire iron, squeeze bottle of diluted soapy fluid, and zip ties. If you want perfect or unscratched rims then I suggest you take your bike to a shop to have professionally done. I've done BMX tires for many many years in the past of riding, and have done automotive wheels for a bit too, so I know certain tricks & tips about it. But if you're new to it, I wouldn't suggest trying if you want your rims to be in tip top shape.
i've done tons of tires myself and i will say the paint on these rims is shit. i was even super careful and the rims still scratched up
 

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20 bucks doesn't look so bad after scratching the ish out of your rims by trying to half ass it yourself.
Actually after I was done airing the tires up, I used a little bit of gloss black high heat spray paint, sprayed into a small cup, used a small foam brush, and dabbed the spots that showed silver, it actually touched it up perfectly. "scratching the ish out of your rims" was actually nothing more than just removing the paint from the surface. Maybe a couple nicks here & there, but what do you want, it's a street legal toy bike.
 

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I have a set of Power Pures that I need to get mounted. Dealer quoted $37 plus tax for each one if the wheels are off the bike. I've changed pit bike tires in the past but remember it being painful, maybe it was the size of 10" and 12" rims. Maybe I'll give the zip tie method a try. For those that have done this themselves, what did you do to unseat the bead?
 

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that's what I pay to have my shop do it for me. so like 80 bucks later w. ceramic beads and new stems done right no scratches and warrantied for the life of the tire. instead of: one small mistake during unskilled install, you go down, get hurt, and you thought your rims were scratched before. when insurance sees the scratches on the rims and that you installed tires on your own bye bye 4000. so spend the cash go to the shop. M.O. (if you have ins.)
 

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Yeah, insurance is going to deny your claim because you scratched your rims installing tires. They'll definitely come to the conclusion that those scratches caused an accident.


If you use rim protectors and don't be a gorilla you'll have no problems.

Ziptie method:
 

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I mounted mine in my garage like all my other tires. Three tire irons and two rim protectors did the trick. I've seen the video for the zip tie method, but there's an easier way so I don't do it like that.
 

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What's the easier way?
I think I might get 2 large C clamps and use those to break the bead. I have some tire irons already so could use those if the zip ties don't work.
 

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Friend bought a harbor freight tire stand. we made a bead breaker. I bought a no scuff tire toll. tires on and off easy and quick . No damage. 3 sets done and tools have paid for the self.
 

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Friend bought a harbor freight tire stand. we made a bead breaker. I bought a no scuff tire toll. tires on and off easy and quick . No damage. 3 sets done and tools haved for the self.
Nice! I have been looking at picking up one of those harbor freight stands.
 
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