Mileage - 15,681
After a few attempts with onlinetires.com to order a rear tire - no luck and cancelled the order due to first tire being discontinued and second tire being unavailable at warehouse - I went back to Tirerack.com.
Ordered the tire - Hankook Ventus V4 ES, size 195/55/16 on April 1 at 11am and it arrived standard shipping on April 2 at 3:42pm - Fast Delivery
. Paid $89 for the tire and $14 shipping.
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Removed the rear wheel and old tire today. Waited for Harry to come home from work so I could use his tire changer. Nice to have a neighbor with a tire changer.
Harry and I changed the tire out quickly. Installed the Kurvey Girl 85 degree valve stem and 3 ounces of balance beads. Put the beads in after tire was mounted to the wheel using the air compressor to give a quick blast of air to move the beads through the stem and into the tire.
Starting at 35 psi. Need to watch the wear to be sure the tire wears evenly. Had too much psi in previous tire and it wore out in the center while the edges still had good tread.
Mike P showed up with his bike and assisted in mounting the tire on the bike. He left his bike with Harry and I to put tires on it tomorrow.
Also went to Harris Automotive and picked up 3 bags (two 6 oz and one 4 oz) of balancing beads for all the tires to be mounted for $31. Need to call them in the future a day before we need beads and they can order the 16 ounce bag of beads for a cost of $23.
Thanks to Harry and Mike today for help on the tire.
Last week, installed some LED driving lights purchased at Rural King for $15. Mounted to highway bars with stainless house clamps. Found a switch at O'Reilly Auto parts that fit in the factory mount on the dash for $3.99. Switch lights up blue to match the lights on the other instruments.
Time to put some miles on this tire.