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Looks like someone used some sort of bead-sealant glue on previous install. Or is that just corrosion?
It's tool marks where the tire changer scraped off the finish.

Under most circumstances I would say you should replace valve stems also. Any shop is legally bound to do so. I just figured since it was just replaced 1 year ago, and will need another tire in a year anyway, thought it would be fine.

Guess that's what I get for thinking :surprise:.
 

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Up and running

Took it for a test ride, 23 miles, top speed of 70mph. All systems go :wink2:. Still need to test at a little higher speed before 100% satisfied on a valid balance, at least 80 mph, 90 would be better.

It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it :rolleyes:.
 

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Giving something else a shot.
 

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My first DIY EX front tire replacement

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I was worried it would be difficult to seat. Cycle Gear had trouble seating this front wheel once. But it went surprisingly easy. And using Quick Trip air to do it. (Anyone that is familiar with Quick Trip air would understand that it must have gone easy, if it went at all.) Of coarse you can probably tell I used plenty of lube.
Installing the new valve stem gave me difficulty, until I figured out the trick to that.
 
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What do you think of this? I bought some, used it a few times been on the shelf ever since. Its been over a year since you posted this. BTW I never had a problem seating my tires, but Cycle gear in Saint Louis did have, issues until the one that was called @mangosmoothie got there, he sadly is no there no more, but if I remember right he noted that people were well... just now doing it right... more out of laziness.


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well done it does get easier the more you do. I remember my first tyre. got it off easy putting it on a little more difficult. (flexible side walls) I don't have a proper compressor only a paint one. so could not get enough pressure to seat it. down to the station for inflation despite using plenty of lube no chance. 40psi nope 50 nope 60 still no seating. decided to take it back home inflated to use a big rubber hammer. half way home "BANG" "BANG" I thought it had exploded in the trunk.

nope just seated all by itself. now when I do one I pressurise as high as the comp will go "50psi" and leave it can take up to 20 mins waiting for the Bang but always does.
 

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What do you think of this?
I love my canned tire lube. I'm still using the same can I got 15 years ago when I changed my first XT tire. 6 XT tires and 2 EX tires later, I still have about 1/3 of a can. Although it looks as if I may run out of aerosol propellent before it runs out of lube material. When that happens I'll get more. 😁
down to the station for inflation despite using plenty of lube no chance. 40psi nope 50 nope 60 still no seating. decided to take it back home inflated to use a big rubber hammer. half way home "BANG" "BANG" I thought it had exploded in the trunk.
This front one seated at around 35 psi while I was inflating it. I was pleasantly surprised. The rear one I did in the summer of '19 took about 60 psi, and a while of sitting in the sun.
 

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I posted in another thread that running a ratchet strap around the circumference of the tire presses the side walls closer to the rim and prevents a much air escaping. Takes a lot less pressure to seat the beads.

Another old school trick is bouncing the wheel as you filling with air.

I wouldn't use this method personally (unless dire emergency), but I've seen videos of lighter fluid being used to literally explode the tire onto the rim. The Top Gear Polar special showed this method as well.
 
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I wouldn't use this method personally (unless dire emergency), but I've seen videos of lighter fluid being used to literally explode the tire onto the rim. The Top Gear Polar special showed this method as well.
I wouldn't recommend this method either. :eek:
 

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What can I say

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I've got the Jack & Jamb method down to a science. Working well for rear wheels also. 😁
 
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