Recently over on ST.N, a chick down in Virginia was looking for a recommendation for a local shop to get her tires changed. Chris suggested she do it herself because, "It really is stupid easy." A little banter with Jerry and next thing I knew, I was being volunteered to mount the next tire. It turns out, it really *IS* stupid easy!
|First order of business...straighten the cotter pin for the axle nut.|
|Next, pull up on the cotter pin for the axle nut.|
|The next step was to remove the brake caliper bracket bolt. |
This was really tight...I had to put some oomph into it!
|After that, I removed the axle nut. This one was even tighter!|
|Using a hammer, I tapped the axle out the other side.|
|I gently pulled the axle out on the left and removed a greasy wheel spacer on the right.|
|Then I wiggled the wheel off of the drive splines.|
|Next it was over to the tire changer to break the bead.|
|Channeling my inner Judas Priest...breaking the bead, breaking the bead!|
|Next, I clamped the wheel on top of the tire changer |
and applied lube to the tire to get it off...
|Here I am using the MoJo bar to get the tire off the rim.|
|Notice the look of concern; I had to be careful not to scrape the rim or the brake rotor.|
The brake rotor is easy to bend if you're not careful
|Old tire off, new tire ready to go...|
|...but not before I goof off a little!|
|Checking the tire to make sure the arrows and tire tread are pointing in the right direction.|
|Next I used the MoJo bar to mount the tire on the rim.|
|Here I am putting the valve core back in the valve stem.|
|After seating the bead by inflating the tire, |
here I am with the new Michelin Pilot Road 3 rear tire for our Concours 14.