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How To Change A Dirt Bike Tire At Home

How To Change A Dirt Bike Tire At Home

It’s pretty common for tires to need replacing. Whether it’s because they’re old or because they’ve been punctured, it’s important that you know how to change a dirt bike tire at home. If you’ve never changed a dirt bike tire before, the process can seem daunting. But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you might think! Here’s some easy procedure for changing a dirt bike tire at home, and it’s surprisingly not a difficult task.

How to change a dirt bike tire

1. It’s okay to be afraid. Most of the time, dirt bike tire replacement doesn’t have to be dangerous. Even when dealing with your dirt bike’s most crucial wheel, you don’t have to be scared of performing a simple fix. The task might look difficult and messy, but you can get it done without causing damage to the tire in very simple way. You don’t have to remove the rim. That means that you don’t have to remove the rim before performing the job. You can slide your finger under the rear tire and apply some pressure with your thumb. (Try to limit your dirty hand prints to the edge of the tire, as this is where the most liquid will come off.) Using a tire lever, you can wiggle the rear tire and get it to take a bit of pressure. The idea is to make it as easy as possible for you to change your dirt bike tire easily. See our others article to clean your dirt bike air filter.

Tools you need to change a dirt bike tire

If you don’t have a flat-mount style tire pump, you can’t change your tires at home. Instead, you’ll need a few different tools.

how to change a dirt bike tire at home

Remove the dirt bike’s wheel from bike

Step 1: Start by taking the dirt bike’s wheel from the bike and laying it on the ground. Once it’s off, pull out the dirt from around the tire and start inspecting the area. If it looks like the dirt is no longer on the tire it’s time to use this video to teach you how to remove the dirt. Step 2: Turn the dirt off by holding the deflated wheel in the palm of your hand. Use your thumb and index finger to grab a hold of the dirt. If it comes out easily, it’s time to pull out the dirt from around the tire. If not, you might need to call in some more help! Dirt out of tire with your fingers Step 3: If the dirt won’t come out with your fingers, you’ll have to pull it out using a toothpick or any small object with which you can stick into the tire.

Remove the Old Tire From Wheel

You’ll need to remove the old tire from the rim so you can get a good look at the inner rim. Remove the Filling Strip You’ll need to remove the offending rubber strip that was rubbing against the rim and giving you trouble. Remove the Diffuser A couple of screws will need to be removed to get to the diffuser strip. Take care not to damage it by taking it out too quickly. Remove the Handlebar Grips You’ll need to remove the plastic grips from the handlebars. Be careful when removing them, you don’t want to damage them! Remove the Inner Hose If you’ve removed the wheel and tire from the bike, you can remove the inner hoses as well. Remove the Top Hose You’ll need to remove the top hoses from the tires. This is usually located on the side.

Remove the old Tube from Tire

Next, it’s important to remove the old tube before you can put in a new one. As a first step, you need to unscrew the center fastener from the valve stem. Once this is successfully removed from old tire, you can take the tire off and start to loosen the bead. Remove the old inner tube from the tire and put it on top of the tire. Put the wheel back on the rim and start the process of removing the old inner tube. Cleaning the Tubes Remove the inner tube from the tire and check for any signs of damage. There are different factors to check for, and you should always wear safety gear. First, clean the tube with some soapy water. Make sure you check for any damage, or cuts, if any. If no damage is found, it’s time to clean the tube of any debris that may be in it.

Fit the New Tire

What’s most likely to cause a flat? Is it a worn down tread? A worn and shredded tube? Bad heat treatment of the tire’s casing? Most likely, the culprit is a worn tread. Bending the treads back and removing the sand that’s taken a deep root around the tire treads to begin their cycle once again. It’s important that you leave enough tread for when you’re done. “When you’re going to change your tire,” said mechanic Bryan Cummings, “it’s a good idea to leave a little bit of tread on the tire. It’s called a tread depth.” “Most people make a mistake of removing the whole center of the tire and just taking out the edge of the tread. You want to leave a little bit of tread on the edge so that you can get back on the tire.

Fit the new Tube

Now that you know how to change a dirt bike tire at home, it’s time to set up the tire for changing. Remove the old tube and hose from the bike. Pull the new tube from the tube and it’ll most likely slip right in. Replace the inside screw with the new tube and put the tube back onto the tire using the remaining two screws. Remove the two screws from the valve stem Once the tube is installed, you’ll need to remove the two screws from the valve stem. Remove the two screws by pushing them down to disengage them. Then, you’ll need to use a set of tweezers to pull the two holding nuts on the valve stem. The one holding the valve stem is located about halfway up, while the other one is located on the bottom. Pull both nuts out to loosen the valve stem enough to insert the new tube.

Re-install the Fender if Needed

The next step is to reinstall the original aftermarket Fender. And don’t worry, you can do this yourself. As we mentioned earlier, dirt bikes come equipped with all sorts of awesome accessories, but no one is stopping you from making them yours. First, remove the original aluminum Fender so you can easily slide the fiberglass one into place. The easiest way to remove the original aluminum one is to use a bolt-saw. Once you have removed the aluminum Fender, you should slide the fiberglass replacement over it and secure it in place. Since the original aluminum frame was welded into place, you’ll need to remove that first. Grab some SandBlast and pry it off, then turn it upside down and rinse it. Step 2: Replace the Beadlock You might also notice that the original beadlock is broken.

Re-install the Wheel

This first step is probably the most important. Make sure you have the wheel on the bike and that the tire has a proper seal. If the tire doesn’t have a proper seal, you’ll have to take it off and find a way to seal it. In that case, it’s better that you remove the wheel in the first place. If you can’t get a proper seal on the tire, be sure to check your wheel bearings. Ride the Bike a Litle Now that the wheel is set, it’s time to ride the bike a little to make sure it’s still rideable. Ride the bike at a relatively low speed, and see if the wheel slides a little. If it slides a little and doesn’t seem to be holding the wheel, you can always try putting a piece of plastic in between the tire and the wheel. However, that’ll be a very temporary fix, so don’t expect it to hold forever.

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Planning for our dirt bike trip to Denver has definitely paid off. We’re now putting together our helmets, grips, and everything else we’ll need to outfit ourselves. After we buy our dirt bikes, we’ll be good to go and ready to ride. There’s only one thing left to do, and that’s to practice riding. Don’t worry, we can’t wait to get started! If you’d like to join us in Denver, shoot us a message on Instagram or Twitter, and we can get together when we get back to the States.

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