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i'll be doing this soon. my regular tire changer is out for the week (in the smokies) and i'm stuck doing it myself. no options :)

i have the general idea, take off axle nut, remove tire, break bead, remove old tire, replace with new tire, set bead, inflate properly, balance, reinstall.

is there some special way to balance a single side wheel?
what's the axle nut torque?

anything else i'm missing?

wheee.
 

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Manual HERE! for torque.

As far as tips, soapy water helps if you're having trouble getting the tire over the rim.

No idea how to balance wheels.
 

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grassyass on the manual
(that's spanish for thanks)
 

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Easiest way to break loose the axle nut is have a friend apply a health dose of rear break while you apply a 24" breaker bar. I was surprised how easy mine came off.

I think the torque spec was 108ft/lbs, but you got the manual now anyway.

+1 on the soapy water btw. It helps alot! :drink:
 

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Yamaha sells an excellent spray lube for tire-changing:



This stuff practically makes tires crawl on/off the wheel by themselves. O.K., I exaggerate, but not by much. Way better than soapy water.

Unless you buy or fabricate a hub adapter, forget about balancing. Just line up the color spot on the sidewall of your new tire with the valve stem - it won't be balanced, but it probably won't be too far off. Most tires these days are made to pretty high standards and don't need too much correcting. A little imbalance at the rear won't be as noticeable as it would be on the front anyway. Just ride it like that until your changer gets back from his trip.

One more tip: Leave your wheel and new tire laying out in the sun for @ 30 minutes prior to changing so the rubber softens up a bit and makes them easier to work with.
 

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thanks guys, tire was removed/changed/replaced in about an hour and a half. took the axle nut (46mm???) off with a big crescent wrench and a small breaker bar cause i didn't have a socket to fit it. i got the torque close enough, but there's a pin there to make me feel safe.

also i scratched my rim in a few places. good thing i don't care about that! :)
 

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When I did mine, i didn't have a torque wrench that fit my 1" drive socket, but with the clip that retains the nut, it was easy to get it on right. I just tightened the nut till the clip fit in the same hole.
Ding and I have been talking about buying a tire changer and balancer together. After a few changes it'll pay for it's self, plus we'd charge friends to do their tires. It's $40 around here if you take the wheels off yourself, so at $20, we'd still make some bank.
 
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