Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Fairfield, Virginia, USA
Model: '97 GL1500SE/ '98 Lehman GTL Trike
I did it once on the 1500 trike front wheel when I needed it done soon (was going on group ride next morning and night before was checking tires, 90 degree stem just come out of rim), … used a piece of 1x4 on left side of rim about a foot long, 16" long maybe … then on the side I wanted to break loose, used two smaller blocks against the right side tire sidewall, used two large C-clamps … one about 6 inches each side of stem. Applied a bit of pressure to each alternating, soon the right side bead popped off the rim and I was able to pull a new stem in.
Maybe just luck, hardest part was getting clamps and blocks in place.
Since then, have put all metal stems in. I switched both stems to metal on the 1200 I had using same basic idea, blocks to either keep clamp to rim or tire without damaging them.
1997 GL-1500 SE / 1998 Lehman GTL Trike
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