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For you guys that have already changed out tires on the KRX....
Did you do it yourself?
How hard was it?
Do the bead locks make it difficult?
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Did you have them mounted at a tire shop?
 

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Most tire shops wont touch bead locks. It's pretty easy to do. These are several methods to break the bead just check YouTube. There are also plenty of videos showing the bead lock install and tightening sequence. Just watch the torque specs. The Kawi bolts are bigger than most bead locks and take more torque then most others on the market.
 

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I've got a HF tire changer. going to use it to pull off (or try to) remove the stock carivores and mount up some System 3 SS360 paddles

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Let us know how that goes. I've been looking at one of those also. I usually jack up my commuter car, slide the tire under it and then collapse the jack... Usually pops the bead right off most of the time.
 

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I've got a HF tire changer. going to use it to pull off (or try to) remove the stock carivores and mount up some System 3 SS360 paddles

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Yeah, definitely let us know how it goes. Trying to see if I need to bring them to a shop, or I can do them myself. (I hate spending money on stuff I can do myself)
 

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Do you have a HiLift jack? Those work well to pop a bead if you have a taller truck or Jeep to push off.
 

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Bought the HF tire changer and first attempt to break the bead resulted in both arms on the bead-breaker folding, rendering it useless. I did take it to work and had one of my guys cut the arms off and weld 3/16” arms on it. Works good now, but be aware, this is the weak point on the unit.
 

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it's not the breaking the bead, the hard part is getting the inner bead off the rims.
Hmmm, I found that to be actually quite easy. Just use a few squirts of soapy water and they pull right off by hand. Same going back on. Bead breaking is no big deal either, if you have a good bead breaking method. For me the real PITA is torqueing all 16 of those bead lock bolts X 3 passes. LOL! Overall its pretty easy to change out the tires. It takes me about 30-45 min per tire, and I'm in no big hurry, take my time and try not to strain my poor old back too much.
 

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Bought the HF tire changer and first attempt to break the bead resulted in both arms on the bead-breaker folding, rendering it useless. I did take it to work and had one of my guys cut the arms off and weld 3/16” arms on it. Works good now, but be aware, this is the weak point on the unit.
I got this from Harbor Freight. didn't work at all until I made some modifications. Now it works great.
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I have used a set of these to break tire beads on cars, 4x4's, UTV's and street bike tires for many years. I use them in the shop, and they travel with us most of the time we are going any where that it would be hard to to get another tire if 2 flats occurred. I prefer to patch the inner tire than plug - yes we carry patches...and plug kits.

Handy, easy to use, and portable.


Another item I've found that makes a big difference is to balance tires. I balance all my dirt bike wheel assemblies, and it makes a huge difference at higher speeds. I'm going to do the KRX just to find out how noticeable it is.

I use a motorcycle truing/balance stand, and use stick on weights.
 

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Yeah, definitely let us know how it goes. Trying to see if I need to bring them to a shop, or I can do them myself. (I hate spending money on stuff I can do myself)
I did mine myself n it was pure hell. What I am going to do the next time is take all my rims to walmart they will break the beeds for all 4 rims for 10.00 then I will take it over from there. Once the beeds are broke its easy real easy just takes alittle time to do it right. just make sure when you are done with them take out for a little ride and do a re torque and then another one because they will be loose. And I do mean re torque the beed lock bolts. Mine stayed tight after the 3rd ride n 3 torques. Just saying
 

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Also for the guys that hit alot of water/mud l would use anti seize on every bead lock bolt. I live in az and do not hit much water n l still used anti seize. Just because a steel bolt and aluminum doesnt always work well with each other.
 

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Also for the guys that hit alot of water/mud l would use anti seize on every bead lock bolt. I live in az and do not hit much water n l still used anti seize. Just because a steel bolt and aluminum doesnt always work well with each other.
I agree 100%. Do yourself a favor and dab a little on each bolt, regardless of whether or not both pieces are of the same material. You will be thankful you did.
 

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They are very easy to DIY. I would never use anti-seize.
Cordless drill, schrader valve tool, torque wrench, breaker bar, liquid soap, scissor jack, air compressor makes everything a breeze.
 

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They are very easy to DIY. I would never use anti-seize.
Cordless drill, schrader valve tool, torque wrench, breaker bar, liquid soap, scissor jack, air compressor makes everything a breeze.
Why would you never use anti-seize? Only takes one time galling up the threads to make believers out of most. Other than the silver mess it makes on everything it's great stuff.
 
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