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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Need a new rear tire.

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My rear tire is getting thin and intend to buy a shinko tour master rear. The local shop charges $40 to change if I bring them the tire/wheel alone. I want to go this route; however, I only have a car jack to use. Is this doable? If so, how should I proceed w/o droping it? Thanks!
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The wife and I do this all the time. Use the floor jack with a piece of 1X4 or something long enough to reach from left to right. Make sure you clear any protrusions which would prevent the bike from sitting flush on the board. Have her sit on the bike and keep the front wheel straight as you slowly jack it up. Once up, we put a cinderblock with a small cut of plywood on top as a stand. We lower the jack just to the point where the bulk of the weight is supported by the block. Cycle Gear in Baton Rouge only charges $20, you may call a Cycle Gear if there's one near you.
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The wife and I do this all the time. Use the floor jack with a piece of 1X4 or something long enough to reach from left to right. Make sure you clear any protrusions which would prevent the bike from sitting flush on the board. Have her sit on the bike and keep the front wheel straight as you slowly jack it up. Once up, we put a cinderblock with a small cut of plywood on top as a stand. We lower the jack just to the point where the bulk of the weight is supported by the block. Cycle Gear in Baton Rouge only charges $20, you may call a Cycle Gear if there's one near you.
Thanks for the tip! That'll do nicely. Sadly, I don't have a Cycle Gear in Kansas.
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Pirelli tires are 40% off at some places. The money saved might be close to what you would pay to have someone do it for you...

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That is what I do also. if you have to do it on your own then put you a block under the high side of the frame so when you start to lift it will start to lay over on the block. Afer you start get it even or a little past even but still stable, block that side up then you will have to walk it up the blocks with the jack. it is a little time consuming but it will get you there. I usually get the wife or neighbor or even a set of tie down straps hooked to the roof of my car port (its made form .250 wall steel pipe. not your average car port) to help steady it while I lift it. Then let the weight of the weight rest of the blocks.

Do you have a classic or custom.

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I've been looking around and the Shinko's are still cheaper.
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That is what I do also. if you have to do it on your own then put you a block under the high side of the frame so when you start to lift it will start to lay over on the block. Afer you start get it even or a little past even but still stable, block that side up then you will have to walk it up the blocks with the jack. it is a little time consuming but it will get you there. I usually get the wife or neighbor or even a set of tie down straps hooked to the roof of my car port (its made form .250 wall steel pipe. not your average car port) to help steady it while I lift it. Then let the weight of the weight rest of the blocks.

Do you have a classic or custom.
It's a custom.
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ok. that will make it easier. You won't have to jack the bike to the moon or take the rear fender off to get the tire and wheel out from under it.

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try to note the markings on the axle adjusters. We try to put them right back where they were.
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good tip. Not only for tire alignment but belt tension too.

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