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post #1 of 22 Old 10-18-2019, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Babyís got new shoes...

At 6,500 miles the tires were shot so I decided to order and install some RS3s. The rear tire went smooth. (I am new to bmw). I was thrilled to see how easy it was to remove the rear tire from the bike. Super slick. Easy to break the bead and install new rubber on the rim. No issues or complaints. Then I moved to the front and realized that I need an inside out socket to remove the front axle. Hmmm. A little weird and I didnít have any bmw tools yet. So I dug through my junk drawer and found a 22mm bolt and threaded a nut on and marred the end. Problem solved. Front tire went real smooth after that issue. 42psi on both. I tried the pinch bolt technique and I have a 500 mile ride to my nearest dealer for the service and ecu update. Got my bren in the mail today so I will get that up after the ecu update tomorrow. Then send it off for my new maps!

Iíll report back about the new tires and pinch bolt install to see if the left lean goes away.

Enjoy the ride!



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post #2 of 22 Old 10-19-2019, 04:42 AM
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Bridgestones come in two variants, the GT has stiffer side walls for the weight of the bike so are considered harder to mount. Are RS3s similar ?

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Maybe it's just early, please refresh my memory. What's a 'pinch bolt technique'?

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Nice job on the tires. I've always shied away from doing them myself because of the balancing. What did you use for that?

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At 6,500 miles the tires were shot so I decided to order and install some RS3s. The rear tire went smooth. (I am new to bmw). I was thrilled to see how easy it was to remove the rear tire from the bike. Super slick. Easy to break the bead and install new rubber on the rim. No issues or complaints. Then I moved to the front and realized that I need an inside out socket to remove the front axle. Hmmm. A little weird and I didnít have any bmw tools yet. So I dug through my junk drawer and found a 22mm bolt and threaded a nut on and marred the end. Problem solved. Front tire went real smooth after that issue. 42psi on both. I tried the pinch bolt technique and I have a 500 mile ride to my nearest dealer for the service and ecu update. Got my bren in the mail today so I will get that up after the ecu update tomorrow. Then send it off for my new maps!

Iíll report back about the new tires and pinch bolt install to see if the left lean goes away.

Enjoy the ride!



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I learned on my other bikes to leave the pinch bolts loose after tightening the axle. Mount the bike, hold the front brake and compress the front suspension a dozen times then tighten the pinch bolts. Itís supposed let the tire find its natural center.

I just rode 200 miles and the left lean is gone for now. Straight as a string so far!


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Normally I use my tusk balancer but i bent the shaft last time i moved. So I didnít balance them yet. I just lined up the yellow dots with the previous tire and left the weights on. They rolled out nice on this ride. I will check them on my buddies balancer tomorrow. Sometimes i get all anal and chase tenths of oz to get it dead nuts. Other times ďclose enough ď didnít seem to make a bit of difference. YMMV


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