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Welcome to Motocross, How To is presented by BikeBandit. Hi, I’m Steve Matthes, Team Ferris 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.

Beat 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 them on the ground. But full props to the desert dude 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 too hard. So look for that to work excel on the tracks like 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 walk 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 type. What you want to do is center the bottom fork lag 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 not 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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