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Well, this is more like part 14 of "I didn't think I could do it, but I did it"...My 1984 Aspencade was in bad need of a rear tire.. The local Honda folks told me they could replace the front and rear for $275.00 installed on my bike...I jumped on that with both feet, only to be told 2 weeks later that they couldn't work on my bike because it was over 10 years old..They told me that I could bring them the tires and they would mount them.. I told them to stick it...

So, I fretted over this for a while and finally decided to take the plunge. I ordered my new tire and decided to wait until the weekend to attempt the process. Much to my surprise, everything came off pretty easy, or at least until it came to removing the tire from the rim. Thanks to someone named Scudman on youtube, I was able to successfuly dismount and mount the new tire (rear). All in all, it was a very good experience, but not without it's pitfalls.

I do not own a motorcyle jack, so I had to make a go of it with the center stand. For the most part, it worked pretty well until I attempted to raise the bike a little higher by placing 2x4 blocks underneath the stand itself. I did learn a valuable lesson and that is to keep the side stand extended, as when the bike started slipping off of the center stand, the side stand caught it and kept it upright.

The absolute hardest part for me was dealing with the left side shock absorber...These shocks are not easily compressed, and I had a b_tch of a time getting it back in the mounting bracket. Surely there has got to be a better way.. But besides that, everything went pretty well, with the exception dismounting and mounting the tire...and breaking the bead.. I used a large c-clamp to break the bead....Not something I would recomend to a friend..or an enemy.

Now that I've done this, I'll probably do it again. I would encourage any of you that are considering doing your own tires to give it a shot. I never dreamed that I could do it..
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And just to follow up, I bought a Kenda Kruz tire off of ebay and it rides incredibly well. I know it's not a Dunlop, but the Dunlop that I took off of my bike wasn't impressing me a whole lot. I also static balanced the tire using my patio furniture...A true redneck, shade tree specialist.
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easiest thing is to pull the wheels and take to a small shop. I get mine mounted and balance $15 per wheel. The dealer wanted shop time time to do it, another place $40 per wheel. so just look around. For the older bikes I bought from ridedirect and got 2 new ContiTours for $216 with free shipping! $37 for the install. Hardest part was getting time to take them in to the shop!
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You could consider this tool from Harbour freight for future tire replacement.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42927
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=34542
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2792

You can get these cheaper if you look around. It will get your bike off the ground to work on both the front and rear to drop out those wheels etc.

And this a great one, and shows you how to do it using the above equipment.
http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/tirechange

Also check out Rudy's site for other info.

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I know I could have spent a little more money and had someone do it for me, but that's one of the neat things about owning this bike. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in doing something that you didn't think that you could ever possibly do..and save money to boot! Thanks to all of the amazingly helpful folks on this forum...
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Using a C clamp to break the bead is doing it the hard way. Next time try this. Get an 8 foot piece of 2X4 and a short length of 1X4. Find something you can slip the 2X4 under to creat a fulcrum. I use the rear bumper of my old pickup truck. Put the 1X4 on the tire close to the edge of the rim and have the 2X4 on top with the end under the bumper. Then push down on the other end. It will push that bead right off. Fancy folks will fasten the 1X4 to the 2X4 in the right place with a hinge. I ain't that fancy...

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Using a C clamp to break the bead is doing it the hard way. Next time try this. Get an 8 foot piece of 2X4 and a short length of 1X4. Find something you can slip the 2X4 under to creat a fulcrum. I use the rear bumper of my old pickup truck. Put the 1X4 on the tire close to the edge of the rim and have the 2X4 on top with the end under the bumper. Then push down on the other end. It will push that bead right off. Fancy folks will fasten the 1X4 to the 2X4 in the right place with a hinge. I ain't that fancy...
Dude, I don't know the meaning of fancy...I did all of this in the back yard of my "country estate" under the shade of a tall Georgia pine..and my dog wouldn't leave me alone while I was working on my bike..I think this was the first and last time I'll use a c-clamp to break a bead.........I'm learning..
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Thanks to all for the great information. I have to do the same thing soon. I will let you know how things work out.

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