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Changing Scooter Tires

 
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berlinami
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:07 am    Post subject: Changing Scooter Tires Reply with quote

I'm going to be changing my tires this weekend and will try and document the whole procedure. Any helpful tips before I get going?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tip: Expect bloody knuckles and a lot of frustration. Changing tires by hand is hard work and it takes a bit of trying before you master the technique. Don't try to pry both sidewalls off at once. FULLY deflate the tire, then break the bead by standing on the tire, then work on side of the tire into the groove in the middle while you pry the other side off.

Also, be careful not to pinch the tube with your tools when you put the tire back on. This is easy to do and it really sucks when you get it all back together only to discover you have a leak.
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berlinami
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I started to take some photos of the process, but it's really self explanatory. The rear wheel comes off with four 12mm bolts after the exhaust comes off (also a 6mm alan wrench on the manifold and 12mm bolts attaching it to the body).

I got the wheel off and pried one side of the tire loose with my tire irons. Then after about a half hour of trying to figure out getting the tube and tire off, I measure my time/frustration level vs. how much it would likely cost to have a professional shop switch it out and trudged off down the street with the wheel and new tire to the scooter shop. 20 Euros later (I bought a new tube from them also, 10 EUR) I had the new tire on.

I'd like to say I did it myself, but it just made more sense to let the pros do it in 10 min and pay the nominal cost than suffer the frustration for the minor triumph.

I'll tackle the front wheel sometime this week. Although, I've been mulling about how to get it off then it is the thing supporting the scoot on the stand.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

berlinami wrote:
Yeah, I started to take some photos of the process, but it's really self explanatory. The rear wheel comes off with four 12mm bolts after the exhaust comes off (also a 6mm alan wrench on the manifold and 12mm bolts attaching it to the body).

I got the wheel off and pried one side of the tire loose with my tire irons. Then after about a half hour of trying to figure out getting the tube and tire off, I measure my time/frustration level vs. how much it would likely cost to have a professional shop switch it out and trudged off down the street with the wheel and new tire to the scooter shop. 20 Euros later (I bought a new tube from them also, 10 EUR) I had the new tire on.

I'd like to say I did it myself, but it just made more sense to let the pros do it in 10 min and pay the nominal cost than suffer the frustration for the minor triumph.

I'll tackle the front wheel sometime this week. Although, I've been mulling about how to get it off then it is the thing supporting the scoot on the stand.


Four 12mm bolts to get the rear wheel off once the exhaust is off? Unless I'm forgetting something, once the exhaust is off you can just loosen the large nut (22mm?) that holds the rear wheel on the axle.

Yes changing your own tires is hard. It's virtually impossible if your technique isn't right so most of the effort is trying different ways of prying until you get the technique right. It's definately a pain the first time (and every time) but it does get better after you've done it a few times. For most people, it's probably best to let a shop do it, but I do like knowing how to do it myself so I can change a tire in a pinch if I get a flat and it's after shop hours.

Having tubes is a bit of a pain because you don't want to pinch them when you pry the tire back on, but it also can be easier because tubeless tires can be very hard to inflate since there is gaps and you need huge air volumes to blast the tire onto the bead. Sometimes in a pinch I spray starter fluid into the tire and then light that on fire to explode the tire on to the rim.

Getting the front tire off isn't too hard. It's easier than the back unless the phillips head bolts strip out when you are removing the plastic fork covers. Here's what I do:

1) Support the belly of the scooter so the front wheel is off the ground. I use a tool box or something and jam that under the front of the scoot.

2) Remove the silver plastic fork covers by removing the 2 phillips headed bolts on each

3) Remove the front axle which is really just a long bolt with a nut on the end.

Now the front wheel should fall out. Make sure you line up the drum brake with the tab on the fork when you reassemble so your front brake works.
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berlinami
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips on the front wheel. I should be tackling that tomorrow. As far as the four bolts on the rear wheel, here's a photo of how I went about it. I didn't have a wrench that could fit the axle bolt, so I did it this way:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh I see...that seems like a good way to do it too.
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