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post #1 of 8 Old Aug 13th, 2013, 6:16 pm Thread Starter
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Changing the FRONT tire

I'm not sure if it's here or somewhere else I saw that changing the rear tire on the K1200LT can be difficult to do because of the reinforced tire unless you have quality, good equipment and tire machine.

But what about the front tire? It's been MANY years since I changed a tubeless motorcycle with tire irons or spoons. A friend of mine changes his own tires on his '04 Kawasaki Concours all the time, manually without a machine, using good tire irons. He's offered to do the front tire at my next change if I think we can do it. So has anyone done it the old fashioned way and can it be done? I don't think the front tire is reinforced like the rear.

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I've changed both front & rear ME880's with some home-made kit, and I found the front MUCH harder to get on than the rear. The rear is still pretty tough doing it by hand, but 2/3rds the effort of the front, in my experience...

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Not a LT but i changed the front tire on my 09 RT with three spoons. Broke the bead with a 2X4. Front was easy. Rear was brutal.

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Set the tire out in the sun for a few hours and it will go on much easier. The trick is to get the bead in the drop well and keep it there with wooden blocks while you lever the other edge of the bead over the rim.

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Re: Changing the FRONT tire

Thanks for the responses gang! We may give it try when I'm due. And John, maybe the combination of the heat and humidity here in the SE will make it easier! Maybe the heat index will help too!

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Re: Changing the FRONT tire

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I've changed both front & rear ME880's with some home-made kit, and I found the front MUCH harder to get on than the rear. The rear is still pretty tough doing it by hand, but 2/3rds the effort of the front, in my experience...
Same experience here. I found the front more difficult than the rear when I did mine together last spring.

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Thanks for the responses gang! We may give it try when I'm due. And John, maybe the combination of the heat and humidity here in the SE will make it easier! Maybe the heat index will help too!
Seems like you due date must coincide with summer
Our weather is kinda strange the whole week overcast and lows 60's and highs mid 70's.
I think you might be coming up on hurricane season pretty soon. Had a rear tire change mid-trip. Wished I knew how and where to do it myself. Heck wish it did not happen on the road.
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