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Andy27012
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Darkside

Post by Andy27012 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:04 am



I understand the potential risks of running a car tire but would like to still. I know the size and brand/model I want but I can’t find anyone willing to do the install. I trust the tire but not myself to install/balance it. Does anyone know of a chain willing to install these tires or do you have to find a local shop willing to do it? Do you just pull it yourself and take the rim and car tire to the shop? I find it hard to believe that everyone running a ct installed it themselves.



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Re: Darkside

Post by OldguyGlen » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:56 am

Never done the car tire thing myself, but here's a few comments to consider.
Be sure the selected tire will fit without rubbing.
If you don't use a shop familiar with bikes, you should certainly remove the wheel yourself.
It's always cheaper to remove / install the wheel yourself anyway.
It's not that hard to remove / install the tire on the rim yourself. Just be careful to not mar or damage the rim and/or brake disc. Can you trust the shop to be as careful as you would yourself ???
Home balancing is more difficult, but can be done. Or use Dynabeads for balancing.
Most chains and bigger tire shops fear legal liability re: "non certified" tire applications. Or they don't have equipment for bike wheels, or they fear errors, or wasted time and effort, by technicians unfamiliar with the operation. Damage to the brake disc is also a worry, unless you removed that as well.
Good luck.
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Re: Darkside

Post by minimac » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:58 am

It isn't that difficult to install the tire yourself, but if that doesn't appeal to you, hunt out a close by independent shop. Also , although many feel it isn't that important to balance the rear, I found that the addition of 3-4 oz of ceramic beads to do a great job of balancing a darkside rear tire. I get mine here:
https://tirebalancebeads.com/

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Re: Darkside

Post by seelyark1 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:16 am

Check the tire shops around your area. I'm sure you will find at least one that will mount one for you. Or you can do it yourself. It's really not that hard. Here we use a couple of old milk crates as a stand as the brake rotor fits right inside the crate. The hardest one I have done was a run flat tire, but by using a few pieces of 1x2 wood to hold the tire down into the rim, it went on without a problem. You can get "spoons" for motorcycle tires from lots of places, probably even at your dealer. You will find that your car tire will last a lot longer than a motorcycle tire. And on an 1800, it is a gravy shot to change tires as you don't have to tear half the bike apart to change tires. May think about finding a trike shop and buying a spare wheel so you can have another handy when you need to replace the next time. Can mount a tire in your spare time (what's that) so next time it is a quick change. Often,you can find that wheel with the brake rotor still on it.
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Re: Darkside

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:33 am

Don't go to a car tire shop expecting them to mount your motorcycle tire. Their tire changing machine will not have the attachments required to work with motorcycle rims. Go to an independent motorcycle shop.

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Re: Darkside

Post by Andy Cote » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:11 am

Andy27012 wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:04 am
I understand the potential risks of running a car tire but would like to still. I know the size and brand/model I want but I can’t find anyone willing to do the install. I trust the tire but not myself to install/balance it. Does anyone know of a chain willing to install these tires or do you have to find a local shop willing to do it? Do you just pull it yourself and take the rim and car tire to the shop? I find it hard to believe that everyone running a ct installed it themselves.
Where do you live?
2018 Goldwing, basic black

Previously: GL1200 standard, GL1200 Interstate, GL1500 Goldwing, GL1500 Valkyrie Standard, 2000 Valkyrie Interstate, many other Hondas

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Re: Darkside

Post by Andy27012 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:32 pm

Mooresville, nc near Charlotte



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