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Old 09-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #11
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So I worried a bit this morning when the UPS site stated, "Delayed by train" .... Guess the train made it!
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #12
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So Monday after work I didn't get started until about 6:45. I proceeded to sand the side walls using 120 grit, scoring them in preparation for the new WWW's. Some will grind down the entire sidewall for a smooth white wall. I left the lettering on as I like the look. Then sprayed them down with Bleche Wite a few times letting them soak, followed by Formula 88 degreaser:




Now the fun began. I wanted to experiment with a "tool free" tire mounting that I've seen, but never attempted. I cut up a few straps I had laying around and tied them tightly around the front tire, so as to close the inner portion thus bringing the beads together. This is supposed to not only ease the install, but get both bead sides on together at once. You can also use large zip-tie's, so is said. So I shot down the bead areas with soapy water and went to town:





Yeah, right. In my case, that sucker wasn't mounting at all no matter how much I pushed, kneeled on nor rocked back-n-forth! So that option being eliminated, I was eager to use the 15" tire irons I bought from Jake Wilson. Okay, money well spent! Great design and nearly effortless install. I didn't even use the home made rim protectors I made and used during the dismounting. Once the tires were installed, I seated the beads by pumping air into them, coaxing the front wheel a bit with a ratchet strap. I came to find out that I broke my own rule ... I found a bit of 5200 sealant had dried not on the rim's bead seat, but actually on the safety lip surface. This was making it difficult for the tire's rubber bead area to "pop" over it into the bead seat. Eh, so I scraped it a bit and finally got the tire on. Sorry, no pics of the tire irons at work as I needed both hands in keeping one down while inserting the other one and so-forth around the wheel:

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Old 09-12-2012, 09:42 AM   #13
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Last step for the night was to bring the tires to maximum PSI (41 lbs in this case) and let them sit overnight to test for leakage. From there I was done for the night. ...
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #14
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Last Tuesday I wasn't feeling well, so I called in sick to work and went to the doctor. A few meds, and I'm good to go. So from there, in the morning I checked the air pressure in the tires - spot on! Good news there; shot 'em down with Formula 88 again to remove soapy residue from installation, followed up with mineral spirits. I had a few errands to run; this allowed for some dry time. From there I masked the wheel and tire tread areas readying them for paint. Did I go back to the Elastomeric roofing paint? No. I really wanted to give this a shot since first doing my own WWW's last year (the secret lies in one of the following shots):







I put about 4-5 coats on letting them dry about 30 minutes between coats. Nice and thick, yet lustrous and smooth! Removing the masking is tedeous because you have to score the line where the tape meets the tire with a razor, very carefully. I covered all that in My Road to Rod. I followed up by smoothing the transition line of the white wall to the tread area by feathering it with 1000 grit sandpaper. Guess we'll see how they hold up!

I am in the process of installing the wheels back on the bike, in fact they are on but I need to tighten everything down and hook up the rear brake and adjust the chain, etc. I did mention that I don't' feel well, so I think I got quite a bit done at that, don't you?
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:04 PM   #15
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Done (as of last Tuesday).



Wouldn't ya know it rains moments after this pic? Guess I'll do the Ride-On hopefully tomorrow and take her on a ride to set it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:06 PM   #16
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So, [this evening] I installed the Ride-On tire sealant. Easy. Then the fun part; test ride! So I averaged about 40-45mph for about 6 miles as recommended by Ride-On to permit proper distribution of the product. I am a believer regarding the balancing! I have no weights on my wheels, as I removed them during the tire install. The bike runs really smooth and man, love these tires so far, but I'm adhering to the 100 mile break-in period before getting a little aggressive.

Anyway, here's the simplicity of the Ride-On install ... readily available on YouTube, but you know you wanted to hear it from me ... c'mon, admit it! ;)

Here's the 8 ounce bottle made specifically for motorcycles. Each bottle comes with an air-valve removal tool and a product installation tube ... Ooo, look at those new WWW's:


Rotate your tire so that the valve is around the 6 o'clock position. The instructions say between 2 and 10 o'clock, however that can be confusing in that it can be read as having the valve around the 12 o'clock position. Check out this video from Kyle Bradshaw of Cruiser Customizing and Greg Beck of Tucker Rocky and pay attention to what Greg (orange shirt) says around 1:45 ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CwxM...yer_embedded#!

That's incorrect! Notice the position of the valve stem? It needs to be between 2 and 10, not 10 and 2! He just made a mess and it'll take more time for the product to fling off the inside of the rim, not to mention clog the air valve. Okay, it's not a critical mistake, but it does show how the 2 and 10 o'clock wording can be misread.

Continuing on ... Use the air-valve removal tool to unscrew the valve from the stem. Air will rush out as you unscrew, just hold on to the valve so it doesn't go shooting out and get lost:



Unscrew the top of the product bottle and remove the seal. It's there for your protection! No, not really. It's a seal to keep air out and preserve the product:


Screw the top back on and cut off 1/4" from the top; it's marked:


Place the provided tube onto the valve stem and insert the cut end of the bottle to the other end of the tube:


Proceed to squeeze the bottle repeatedly to inject the sealant into your tire. My secret here: As the bottle gets more empty, hit the bottom of the bottle with your palm and/or tap the sides like you would a low bottle of Ketchup. Do this until you get as much out as you can, following Ride-On's recommended amount(s). For my front tire, 120/90-17, it is recommended a full 8 oz. bottle. For my rear tire, 170/80B-15 they recommend 10 oz. I put only 8 oz. because I was being cheap, haha, but I wanted to see if I really needed to buy another bottle for only 2 oz. more. Guess what? I didn't, so far anyway:


Shoot compressed air briefly into the valve opening to clean out the core:


Now reverse the procedure by reinstalling the valve and filling your tire with air to the recommended pressure.


Now ride yer scoot for 4-6 miles allowing the sealant to properly distribute. You may notice a little vibration during the earlier part of this ride, however I did not. It rides beautifully. I'm satisfied with the balancing act, and thrilled to know that I've got a bit more puncture protection!

Kudos to BikeBandit.com!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:12 PM   #17
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Hey all! Just updating here: I am now running both bikes with this process. No tubes, no weights and no issues. Again, 3M 5200 Marine Sealant and Ride-On tire balancer and sealant ... great combo.
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I moved it to the "How To" thread as well as made it a sticky.
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I moved it to the "How To" thread as well as made it a sticky.
Cool, thanks
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