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Tire change with Black Excel Rims

Discussion in 'General Tech' started by DDusman, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. DDusman

    DDusman PR Member

    Hartville, Ohio
    Any suggestions on how to "not" scratch black Excel rims while changing the tire? This is my first set of painted/coated rims. Do you have any tips that work? Are there special tire irons?

  2. PitRacer

    PitRacer PR Founding Father

    Medina, Ohio
  3. TCracing

    TCracing PR Addict

    I need to get some of them. Our rims Look like Crap from tire changes.
    Definitely will before I ruin another rim.
  4. baxterj787

    baxterj787 PR Addict

    Xenia, OH
    Keep a black sharpie handy. I used sharpies with $700 Ducati wheels and never had a single complaint.
  5. TBO

    TBO PR Addict

    Powell Ohio
    Racing Number:
    I tryed a set of those and didnt havent much luck. They kept popping off and actualy wore right through them. They are cheap and might be worth a try just didnt work to well with mounting a new tire.
  6. TwentyThreeMX

    TwentyThreeMX PR Founding Father

    chesterland, oh
    when i had my wheels powder coated i just started taking them to the shop to get changed. much less damage than tire irons. saved those for at the track changes only! i had black wheel paint from painting some junk car wheels i just kept touching them up here and there as needed. seemed to work OK.
  7. MX955

    MX955 PitRacer Pro

    Racing Number:
    I've had black wheels,well on lots of bikes...I just make sure to use LOTS of soapy water while changing them and keep the edges of your tire irons sanded smooth and rounded. You really don't touch the outside of the rim that much when changing tires...
  8. Schwindy482

    Schwindy482 PR Member

    New Phila OH
    I just wrap black tape all around the ends of my tire spoons seems to work just fine and as MX955 says lots of lube soapy water, or even straight dish liquid.
  9. jdio121

    jdio121 Guest

    i used the clear plastic from my goggle boxes, cut little squares and would wedge them on the rim under my irons and with a little lube smoothed them right on, no damage.
  10. TwentyThreeMX

    TwentyThreeMX PR Founding Father

    chesterland, oh
    guess its easier just to rock silver wheels

    really want black ones for the ktm but its time to spend $ on riding not parts.

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