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Old 17 Jan 2006
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Using the centre stand plus three 20cm tyre levers should always do the job, at least up to now. Additionally I bought two small gadgets from Touratech (no advertisment) that keep the tyre off the rim while I'm patching the tube. Check the TUBELESS tyre levers (£ 9,92) 01-070-0291-0 Quite useful.

The TKC80 does have a very stiff sidewall, esp. the rear tyre, so no tyre repairs without the adequate language. Take care nobody is around ;-)



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When I do change tyres/tubes I first of all use soapy water and then take it to the local garage's airline in the car to seat the tyre in the rim. It NEVER seats properly, one side or the other never centralizes (with the raised guide line running parallel with the edge of the wheel) so every sodding time I have to let all the air out and put the garage's tyre lubricant goo on before trying again and again. Yes, the rim is clean and without nasty patches of corrosion.

Am I alone in having this grief every time?
By the time you get to the airline at the petrol station, the soap has dried - and GLUED the tire to the rim. take a little water and wet the bead, should do the job

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Incidentally, I always use the standard BMW toolkit tyre levers, they're about six or seven inches long (150/175mm)and find them perfectly adequate once I've broken the seal between tyre and wheel.
They work great for me too, although I add a third "hand" - a short tire iron with a 90deg bend and a hook to hook onto a spoke.

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For that I just follow the suggestion in the rider's handbook and use the centre stand to press the tyre away from the wheel. The thing is with that, though, is that by tilting the bike I often end up breaking off the little extension on the left hand side of the centre stand, the one you use to push the stand down initially with your foot before you put the bike on its stand. Does anyone else have this problem, is it me?

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er, yeah - lean the bike the other way...

weird and abnormal as it may feel...

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Hi Grant

"I have to let all the air out and put the garage's tyre lubricant goo on before trying again and again."

"The lube they have is a big tub of softish soap, you use it with a wet brush and get smearing, it's what they use to fit the tyres in the garage."

What I'm trying to say is that, leaving aside my puny efforts with my own soap and water mix (with which I manage to get the tyre on to the wheel without much trouble) my gripe is that despite resorting to the proper(?) garage tyre lube I, as well as the garage owner, also a biker, still have a heck of a job to get it to centralize.

As regards the matter of the little finger stuck on the centre stand, by leaning the bike one way it gets in the way of the tyre and rim, and the other way it touches the ground and thus gets broken off.

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"I have to let all the air out and put the garage's tyre lubricant goo on before trying again and again."

"The lube they have is a big tub of softish soap, you use it with a wet brush and get smearing, it's what they use to fit the tyres in the garage."

What I'm trying to say is that, leaving aside my puny efforts with my own soap and water mix (with which I manage to get the tyre on to the wheel without much trouble) my gripe is that despite resorting to the proper(?) garage tyre lube I, as well as the garage owner, also a biker, still have a heck of a job to get it to centralize.

As regards the matter of the little finger stuck on the centre stand, by leaning the bike one way it gets in the way of the tyre and rim, and the other way it touches the ground and thus gets broken off.

You do have your troubles don't you?

Re getting the bead to pop - what pressure are you trying at? - Up to 80psi or so should do it. But it can still be tough - sometimes a good ol' BMW tie strap wrapped around the tire circumferentially - tightened with a stick tourniquet style - will help a lot. Especially useful trick to get a tubeless tire to seat.

Re the tang - ah well, you didn't need it anyway did you? I've never needed to use that trick on a tube type tire, but do on tubeless for sure. Reweld it in a different location?

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What about using G-clamp? Does it really helps?



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I tried using a G-Clamp and it didn't work. I might have been 'doing it wrong' (as many ex girlfreinds have claimed!) though.
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