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Old 11-28-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I worked last night and slept until 10:00 am and finally got up to work on installing my new tires. I ordered me some Michelin Commanders for my Kawi 900 LT. I didn't have a real motorcycle jack, so I chocked the front wheel, and used two floor jacks to lift her up for the rear tire removal. I went ahead and pulled both bags off (14 and 10 mm nuts) and left my exhaust pipes alone. I got out my old harbor freight 1/2 inch impact and connected it to my air hose and broke loose the 22mm axle bolt on the rear. I shoulda broke it loose while on the ground, but I did the opposite as usual! Anyway....I loosened the belt tensioning nuts on each side and worked the belt off the pulley and set it out of the way, then removed the axle bolt carefully (not something typical for moi!) and eased the tire down away from the brake caliper. I wired the caliper assembly to my bag frame so it would sit out of the way, then angled the tire slightly to clear my fender, and pulled the tire out and away from the bike. Let me elaborate a little on my mechanical skills at this point for those of you that might be a little intimidated by all of this....I worked at a CAR tire shop for a year and a half when I was in my twenties (49 now...and a HARD 49 at that) and so I'm not scared of the tire part...but I do get concerned about belts and the proper tension/ alignment, so this job isn't bad if you just go slow and really look at things carefully. Up to this point my worst time eater was getting my baby jacked up because I was alone and on terra ferma..not concrete! So here we go....I grabbed a 5 gallon bucket and a milk crate. The BRAKE side will fit in the bucket, but you will need some wood frame or a milk crate for the pulley side. Anyways....I threw the brake rotor side in the bucket, removed the valve core, grabbed my GIANT C clamp and began squeezing on the side opposite the valve stem to prevent pinching the tube. I broke the bead, flipped it over and placed the pulley side in the milk crate. I started breaking that side of the tire, and then all hell broke loose. My wife called and shut me down to go do other crap, so as it stands tomorrow I will finish the bead break, make note of the direction of rotation with a piece of tape, take some old milk jug plastic "sheets" to make a guard to keep my tire irons from scratching up my wheels as I dig in and try to pull the tire off. My point is this....the shops around here want 150 to pull the tires, $20.00 to mount the front and $35.00 for the rear, THEN about ten bucks to balance them.
YOU can do this IF you have the time and a few tools. I wouldn't suggest screwdrivers for the tire because honestly tire irons or "spoons" as we called them are really better in the long run. Look on YouTube and google changing your tires and you would be shocked at how much YOU can do YOURSELF!!! I'm not trying to be cheap. I would GLADLY pay someone else IF I didn't have the time or tools....but for me it's a challenge to be self sufficient. Plus...I love my bike and I want to be the one wrenching it if I can.
I will post the rest as I finish, mostly just to give you a little boost in your attitude towards this. The NUMBER ONE thing is BE careful and SAFE! If that sucker falls on ya it COULD hurt or kill ya, so think worst case every step. My motto is this...if you treat it like its deadly it won't hurt you.
I will also tell how I balance the tires on my next post.

Later!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:13 AM   #2
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This whole thing sounds scary! The pulley will pull right off, so you don't need to find a crate or anything to fit around it. You should pull the pulley anyway to check the condition of the left wheel bearing; it's not the same bearing as the pulley hub bearing. You need rim protectors as well as tire irons to do this job right and protect your rims. As for direction of rotation; the pulley mounts on the left side, and when looking at that side, the rotation is counter-clockwise. Hopefully you have a manual which will show how all the spacers and such go back together correctly on the axle. Good luck with it!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:28 AM   #3
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I change all my own tires too. Its not too hard. I do not have a MC Jack either. What I do is dig a hole under my bike in the car port (it is just gravel) slide the floor jack under it with a 2x crossing the frame. Before I life it up I take 2 tie down straps (Good one, not cheap ones) and tie the handle bars to the roof of the car port (Made from 2" 0.156" wall gas pipe) to help balance and keep safe. I can get my wife to help tighten the straps as a lift the bike so it is not a constant back and forth. Then as I place it on wooden blocks with both wheels off the ground. It is not the best or safest way but we learn to make do with what we got even if we don't have a lot. I also have a home made bead breaker that looks a lot like this one. http://www.discountramps.com/tire-bead-breaker.htm
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This whole thing sounds scary! The pulley will pull right off, so you don't need to find a crate or anything to fit around it. You should pull the pulley anyway to check the condition of the left wheel bearing; it's not the same bearing as the pulley hub bearing. You need rim protectors as well as tire irons to do this job right and protect your rims. As for direction of rotation; the pulley mounts on the left side, and when looking at that side, the rotation is counter-clockwise. Hopefully you have a manual which will show how all the spacers and such go back together correctly on the axle. Good luck with it!
I always take my spacers off in the order they were on and slide them back on the axle and set it out of the way. That way when I go put the tire back on they are in the correct order and direction.
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I change all my own tires too. Its not too hard. I do not have a MC Jack either. What I do is dig a hole under my bike in the car port (it is just gravel) slide the floor jack under it with a 2x crossing the frame. Before I life it up I take 2 tie down straps (Good one, not cheap ones) and tie the handle bars to the roof of the car port (Made from 2" 0.156" wall gas pipe) to help balance and keep safe. I can get my wife to help tighten the straps as a lift the bike so it is not a constant back and forth. Then as I place it on wooden blocks with both wheels off the ground. It is not the best or safest way but we learn to make do with what we got even if we don't have a lot. I also have a home made bead breaker that looks a lot like this one. http://www.discountramps.com/tire-bead-breaker.htm
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I know, I know, it sounds like something that might end up on YouTube one day. Gonna have to keep the video camera on me so I might end up on TV one day on one of those clip shows.
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I know, I know, it sounds like something that might end up on YouTube one day. Gonna have to keep the video camera on me so I might end up on TV one day on one of those clip shows.
I find it's hard to reach your camera when there's a thousand pounds of bike sitting on top of you...
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I have a feeling there will be one under the Christmas tree this year. That V2K is a bit harder to man handle than the 1100 Yamaha I had before this bike. I also thought about making me a tire changing stand out of an old car rear end housing, an old 13" or 14" car rim with the bead covered in heater hose, and threaded steel for a center post. The wife grand parents were in the junkyard business so there is a surplus of old car parts laying around up there.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:08 PM   #10
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I'll be interested to hear/see how the balancing goes. I'm going to replace my rear tire in a few months, and can't decide what kind of balance weights to use. Thought I would just go with "spoke type" but they seem to be hard to find (and pricey). So, now, I'm leaning toward the "stick-on" type. Let us know how things work out.

P.S. Regarding the MC jack, I made an adapter plate to fit between the swingarm and an old floor jack from some scrap steel. It's very stable and "cheap"
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