Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
First: yes you can put tubes into tubeless tires. I've done this, but because of the better contact made at the rim, more time needs to be taken to ensure that, when inflating the tube, air isn't trapped between the tube and the wall of the tire. I'll generally inflate/deflate the tube a few times without the core in the stem to let the tube get itself situated within the tire. Once inflated, make sure to check it again before heading out for a ride later or the next day.
Some folks change tubes with every tire change, other don't. It seems to be a personal choice. Myself, i carefully examine the tube and the valve stem for wear and/or rust. The last tube i changed showed little wear, but i was uncomfortable with the rust buildup around the metal valvestem, so i replaced the tube.
The only time you can replace the valve stem only is on tubeless tires. Obviously, the valve stem is attached to a tube.
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'09 900 Custom SE on the Darkside
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Last edited by Helek_52; 03-11-2011 at 01:30 PM.