How-To Change Dirt Bike Front Tires and Tubes at

How-To Change Dirt Bike Front Tires and Tubes at

Welcome to Motocross, How To is presented
by BikeBandit. Hi, I’m Steve Matthes, Tim Ferry’s long time
mechanic and personal confidant. This week on the Transworld, How To presented
by BikeBandit, I’m gonna show you how to change your front wheel. I know we did a rear wheel already but I’m
gonna show you to do front quick and easy. Stick around.

All right I’ve got the nut loose and pinch bolts will be loose here. You can just simply hit that with your palm,
give yourself a little bit of grip at this end, and
the front wheel comes out. Remove your spacers for fear they’ll fall
out. Let’s get a new tire on here, shall we?

All right the air is out, that rim lock is gone. Let me just push down on here, it’s a front
tire so breaking the bead is pretty easy. And remember when we do the rear tire, I read
the comments about me standing on the rear tire and bending the disk, you guys are nuts. I’ve done over 500 tires and have never been
to rear disc despite my behemoth size. I just wanna comment that I’ve been watching
and reading.

Bead is broken, you can use Windex, soapy
water whatever you want. I always start at the rim lock just because
it’s an easy place to start and stop, get your tire irons in there, give yourself a
little leverage, and work your way around the tire, like so, pull out the tube. So what I mean we’ll having a stand in front
of you, it’s a lot easier to work than on the ground. But full props to the desert dudes that change
mooses on the ground, you guys are my heroes. Don’t look for the BikeBandit how to change
a moose tip anytime soon. Tube is out, the tire comes off, ready for
the new one.

All right, the tire we’re gonna be putting
on today is a Bridgestone M603, intermediate to hard. So look for that to work excel on the tracks
like Lake Elsinore. What I’m gonna do is drop the rim lock into
the bottom like so, squish on a little bit, drop that down and now I’m gonna put in one
side of the tire. I’ve got my Windex for lube on the bead so
it goes on really easy. That side is done, now let’s get the tube
in there.

When you put the tube in, I like to just
put the valve stem somewhat close and then just simply reach up and stick the tube back
in. Some people put the tube in first and then
tire. I don’t do that but I’m not gonna frown if
you do it that way. When you do, do it that way what I’m doing
now is a little easier but reach in there with the valve stem, find your home and turn
it this way, lift up the valve stem, bam, into the hole.

I’ve got the valve stem through and I have put the nut back on to it. Rim lock goes up and down really easy, again
bust out the lubrication, here’s some Windex. Same thing as what I took the tire off, always
start at the rim lock makes it pretty easy. And as I said in the rear wheel one, small
bites, and don’t go too far past center when you pull the tire iron back.

So just small bites around the tire and at some point right about now, I switch it
up and I put pressure on the other tire iron with my arm…with my left arm and then I
just slowly finish it like so, there we go. Rim lock moves up and down. I’ve got room for my air and that has been
a front tire change for you. We’ll put it back on the bike now. We’ve got a Bridgestone Motocross M603 ready
to go.

All right we’ve got air in the tire and
make sure the beat is seated all the way around the rim. I’ve got lubrication on both sides so that
helps it pop up. I’ve got about 40 pounds in here right now
and just check you can see the little line around the tire or rub your finger over it
and make sure it’s the same all the way around so that you know the bead on both sides has
popped up.

All right I’ve got the axle in, I’ve the
pinch bolts, hit finger-tight, I’ve got the nut finger tight. What you want to do is center the bottom fork
leg on the axle. So a bunch of ways to do it, I just like grabbing
it, spinning it. Grabbing the front brake and that way the
fork lag [SP] will find a home on the wheel. So basically, tighten up this, tighten up
the pinch bolts a little better, your fork lag is centered now. Tighten up your 22-millimeter nut on the forks
and set your pressure.

We’ve got this cool pressure gauge from
Motion Pro available at BikeBandit. And just for front tires, if you’re not sure
a good pressure to set up is 12 pounds that will get you everywhere from sand to dirt,
so 12 pounds, so that has been a front tire change and everything involved in it for this
week’s Transworld Motocross How To present my Bike Bandit, see you next week.

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  1. i love how hes got dunlop logos on the fork covers and hes puttin ga bridgestone on the bike. Personally i love Maxxis tires.

  2. Steve Mathis thanks a ton for the vids I may not agree 100% with everything (pressure washing bikes) but sure do respect that stellar record. You've helped me pretty much go through my entire bike other than motor rebuild. That was all me 😀

  3. Seriously seems like in these vids they have latex tires or something, it looks so easy, maybe it was just that by bikes tire that was old which made it so damn hard.

  4. Does the valve stem nut go on the inside of the rim or outside of the rim? and how much pressure did you use on the rear tire to get the bead all the way around the rim on both sides? Thanks! The videos are very helpful.

  5. one nut go's on the inside but only one and none on out side. you can put one on when puting tire on so it dose not get lost in rim. and you should run 13 pounds but 35-40 to pop bead

  6. hi i have a 2001 honda xr80r and i have a new tire and tub and i put in on my front tir and the tire is stuck on my rim and i dont now what to do?

  7. Thanx Steve had a wee bit of grief getting my 21" tire on – watched your clip and technique and worked a charm – will say though I done both my front and rear tires and rear was a lot easier than front – first time I have done dirt bike tires and took me most of the day – hopefully next time it should only take a 3rd of a day lol 🙂

  8. Always use Baby power on the tube or inside the tire. Never run a tire iron behind the valve stem area. That is the place you want to finish your install with irons on each side of the valve stem. Also, especially on rear tires, it's helpful to occasionally put a tire iron on the opposite side and make sure the bead stays near the center of the rim, makes things much easier. A true tire stand that allows you to secure the tire is easier as well, at least for the rear. Don't stand on your disc.

  9. Got the rim of my bike broke the bead, after an hour of trying to get the tire of gave up dropped it of at SAMs cycle supplies $10 and 20 minutes later it was all done back on my bike in 5 minutes (:

  10. My dad and i have each pinched and ruined the existing tube trying to get tires back together over the years. Your video has inspired me to try again. Is there a specific amount of air/no air that should be in the tube. i do always try to go back with heavy duty tubes. Is there specific tire iron styles/lengths/brands that are better? Honda XR350/400/500 if that makes a difference? Thanks!

  11. Thanks for the video. I bought a new front tire for my dirtbike from Bike Bandit off ebay. The dealer wanted 45.00 just to change the tire. That was with me bringing in the rim and tire. I checked youtube to see if there was a video to see if I could do it myself. I followed your instructions and saved myself 45 bucks. Thanks!  I'll be sure to purchase my rear tire from bike bandit as well when the time comes.

  12. Does a guy balance these tires like on a car? I have a dual sport and instead of having a shop do this, I'd like to learn to be more self sufficient!

    Any thoughts? Is balancing these tires critical? Maybe I'm thinking more along the lines of when I get to hwy speeds. Thanks gang!!

  13. Soon as I get the tube & tire on and Start riding next thing of what happened to me is that the tube has a whole in it & I spent 3 n half hours just for a new tire..<3

  14. Change title of this video to tire wrestling…Lol My local power sports dealers will only do this for you if you buy tires from him. One other dealer said his tire guy quit so he doesn't do them an another shop wants $70 per tire if they are off the bike, $200 if you bring an leave the bike. This seems like hiway robbery???

  15. There's no way I'd have that smooth of an experience, lol. I'm taking my front wheel to the bike shop. Let them deal with it, LOL. Nice video. One day, maybe I'll give it a shot myself…

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