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New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:46 pm



I got my new Bridgestone Spitfire today , the rear should be here tomorrow or so....Here are some photo's...
This is how it came in, wrapped up all proper and such
This is how it came in, wrapped up all proper and such
Here's the labeling
Here's the labeling
almost looks like the threads are directional, doesn't look like an arrow to you, how cool, yes it's going the right way
almost looks like the threads are directional, doesn't look like an arrow to you, how cool, yes it's going the right way
Lettering will be painted white, does anyone have a good paint for that?  What would you recommend?
Lettering will be painted white, does anyone have a good paint for that? What would you recommend?
I wanted to take these photos so I could do a before and after photo shoot...With white lettering
I wanted to take these photos so I could do a before and after photo shoot...With white lettering
Being I love the raised white lettering I cannot find any for my 81 so, I shall make them myself..I used a white paint pen once but it came off after a few good washes..I feel the lettering look great with the white bike.. :D



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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:27 am

Parts stores use to sell something just for that back when I was younger in the 70's. It was like a crayon but a little greasier. Check out the auto parts stores around you. They may still sell it :mrgreen: Be sure ya letter after the tires are mounted and inflated. Otherwise the lettering will crack. :shock:

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:37 am

Yeah I was think along those lines, I'd hate to have that happen..I think I'm going to try out these dynabeads too..

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:51 am

I've heard good things about dynabeads. You do know that the tires are directional right? There's an arrow on the side wall indicating rotation, and a yellow dot that gets lined up with the valve stem. Don't forget the new valve stems too! Unless you use the steel ones. But you knew all that already I hope. :lol:

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:34 am

:lol: :lol: I'm gonna try real hard to get it right... :lol: Yes, I do know about the arrow and the direction :lol: thanks....I might shoot a video on the changing.. I use a HF changer..and I use spoons too...

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:43 am

You always do your best Beave! I just don't assume anyone knows it all and sometimes the little things slip our minds. Just didn't want to hear that ya had to do the tires twice for something silly. :lol:

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:49 am

No No I get it man, hey, I just put a tire on wrong the other day on my wifes rear wheel [screw] when I was putting air into it I realized, oh man :shock: , it's the right rear not the left rear :shock: , I had the arrow going wrong so I had to remove it and start all over...duh . :lol: :lol: I got it right and on the vehicle.. :D

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby SKMURDOCK » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:51 am

Sounds way cool Beav. I just did a quick search and found the following two products/sites. I know nothing about them, but one or both might be what you are looking for.

A quick note - I could not find where the Ranger paint folks are located. Don't know if that matters to you, just sayin.....

http://www.rangerpaint.com/

http://www.jegs.com/p/Duplicolor/Duplicolor-Hot-Tires-Paint/763140/10002/-1

Have fun!

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:50 am

Oh man, thanks for the information, there's something strange about a company that doesn't leave a location or address for their shop, I tend to stay away from those but the dublicolor sounds promising.. thanks again....LB

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:22 pm

littlebeaver wrote::lol: :lol: I'm gonna try real hard to get it right... :lol: Yes, I do know about the arrow and the direction :lol: thanks....I might shoot a video on the changing.. I use a HF changer..and I use spoons too...


I used a HF bead breaker and tire irons for my 1100 (and for my wife's Virago) but there was just no way I was going to attempt that for my 1500's tires, so I made use of the pro tire changer Gary has at Cyclemax. What a difference! Instead of 45 minutes of sweating and swearing, just pop the thing on the machine, press a couple levers, and it's done. Almost makes me want to spend the $10,000 to buy one. Almost. :)

When I put the front tire on my 1100, I made SURE that I had the tire on the right way. I checked it once, twice, three times. No way I was going to do that job twice! Just before I actually levered the new tire into place, I checked one last time, with the wheel up against the front of the bike, just to be sure - and realized that I had it backwards!!! That was close! Crisis averted! Now that I had it right, I put the wheel down, and generated some sweat levering the new tire onto it. It was perfect! I then put the wheel onto the bike, put the axle in, axle holders, torqued everything into place, and was about to put the brake calipers on. I thought I'd give the wheel a spin just to make sure my new bearings were seated well. As the wheel was spinning, I happened to notice the little arrow on the side of the tire - pointing the wrong way.

The air turned blue.

After I regained my composure I pulled the damn wheel off, levered the new tire off, flipped it over, put it on the right way (the way I had set it on the first three times I checked), reinstalled it, and put the wheel back on.

You'll notice that none of that part of the process made it into my wheel replacement "how to" article. :)

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:27 pm

That is a great story Admin. I loved it.. :D

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:14 am

riff raff I know about the cracking issues with the paint when I would inflate the tire but I wanted to do one side while I wait for the rear tire to come in...I just had to have something to do is all. :D I can fix it if :shock: ...... :lol: ....Here are some photographs with my newer camera which I totally love....Did I tell you guys the flash actually works.. :lol: :lol:
I feel this looks better now
I feel this looks better now
Please stay tuned to my tire change video.. :shock: :lol: Man I love sharing this stuff..
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I think you will find my work exceptable
I think you will find my work exceptable

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:25 am

Looks good Beave! It'll be easy to touch up. You just couldn't wait :lol: Did you use the duplicolor?

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:36 am

That's just another thing I like about my dealer. If I buy my tires from them, they mount and balance for free! Works fer me :mrgreen:

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:40 am

Nope...Man you're not gonna believe what I used...I used a paint that nobody would ever think to use.. Not in a million years, Probably would not last as long as the other stuff, but I shall see..It dries fast and it's good paint not water based paint...Now that being said I shall not say until I know the quality is good, what paint I used...It looks great but how it will hold up is the question.. :shock: I went everywhere looking for that dulpicolor paint..I am still seeking it in the case this paint sucks... :D What you see in the photo is just the first coat of three... :shock:

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:45 am

riffraff wrote:That's just another thing I like about my dealer. If I buy my tires from them, they mount and balance for free! Works fer me :mrgreen:

That's a great dealer it sounds like...Who where? In Mass. so others in the area will know of them...

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:47 am

Hope it doesn't react with the rubber! So yer just gonna leave us hanging Beave? Keep us in suspense ? :?

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby riffraff » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:59 am

That's a great dealer it sounds like...Who where? In Mass. so others in the area will know of them...

It's Greater Boston Motorsports in Arlington, on Mass Ave. They've always treated me right, whether it was my BMW, or my wing.
Rachael, the service manager is fantastic and knows her s---t. If she left, the service dept. Would fold! Too bad she's already married. :lol:

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby wally » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:21 am

Can I add my two cents? The wheels are mounted vertically :lol: :lol: Did you use fingernail polish?
Remember, Keep em vertical!

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:54 am

wally wrote:Can I add my two cents? The wheels are mounted vertically :lol: :lol: Did you use fingernail polish?
Remember, Keep em vertical!

No... I used Rust-Oleum Appliance Expoxy touch up paint... :shock: :lol: :lol: Don't go do this now..I'm going to find this dulpicolor paint made just for this now and do the other side with it, so I can compare the two over time....That Rust-Oleum stuff is very dangerous if vapors are inhaled..Stay the fudge away from it.. :D

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:18 pm

riffraff wrote:That's a great dealer it sounds like...Who where? In Mass. so others in the area will know of them...

It's Greater Boston Motorsports in Arlington, on Mass Ave. They've always treated me right, whether it was my BMW, or my wing.
Rachael, the service manager is fantastic and knows her s---t. If she left, the service dept. Would fold! Too bad she's already married. :lol:

Wow, Miss Rachael sounds like quite a nice lady.. My wife is in Construction Management and she knows her stuff pretty well too being a Quality Control Manager,, poor lady has very little control over me :lol:...What a nightmare for her... 25yrs. shes put up with my BS..unreal.. :D I guess she took these vows seriously or something... :shock: she rolls her eyes at me way too much... :shock: I know she thinks I'm an idiot... :lol: Again she is correct... :lol: :shock: Oh yeah here is the site of what you speak and Miss Rachael at work in the service department, is that her?..http://www.greaterbostonmotorsports.com/service.asp

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:54 pm

I found the paint pen on ebay today and ordered it...http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0973703787 It will be interesting to compare the two different paints.. :D Now if the rear tire will ever arrive.. Dog gone it... :D

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby Oddbirdwithbrokewing » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:53 pm

I'm going to attempt to put rubber on my rims, would one of you post a picture of the bead breaker and tire tools so I know what i'll be looking for? Thanks!

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:43 pm

Oddbirdwithbrokewing wrote:I'm going to attempt to put rubber on my rims, would one of you post a picture of the bead breaker and tire tools so I know what i'll be looking for? Thanks!

I will go get you a photograph of my Harbor Freight tire changer, I don't think they sell these any longer though..
a long bar goes into that pipe so you can just press down to break the bead, you can see it in my bucket there...
a long bar goes into that pipe so you can just press down to break the bead, you can see it in my bucket there...
I use my changer for a work table too
I use my changer for a work table too
If you hang on I should show a video of breaking the bead and changing the tire, today I am not feeling too well though :shock:
I do most of my work on this little table..
I do most of my work on this little table..
I make great use of it because its there...I wrapped the base of the platform with 2x4"s and you can see I fitted some wood pieces under the bases frame so everything is nice and solid once the bolts are tighten up..this also means I can take it to a friends house with no problem...Now the table part comes right off when I loosen the clamp, I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood in a circle[19"] with a 45 degree angle to it so it would fit into the clamps, I just fastened it to the bottom of my table top... :D Works great for me, I have the motorcycle attachment they used to offer..You will see much more in days to come.. :D[note] I remember I had to plain down the wood under the frame to fit, a regular 2x4 is too thick, I just ran it thru my planner to get the correct thickness so everything would be nice and flush..It's solid... :D

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Re: New tire came in today

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:22 pm

Rear tire arrive today, Oh joy... :shock:
This is how it came in from Dennis Kirks
This is how it came in from Dennis Kirks
Looks like the correct size
Looks like the correct size




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