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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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2016 Harley Heritage Rear tire stem valve question

have a 2016 Harley Heritage , with only 2,000 miles on it. Air leaking out of the rear tire via the base of the stem valve. I am assuming I need to get the rear stem valve replaced. Going to attempt to do this myself. I've seen others jacking up the bike, and using a vice to break the bead on a tire to gain access to the stem valve. Is there any reason why I wouldn't want to try this ? Curious if there's anything I should be aware of or careful of or a reason not to try this myself. It being the back the tire.
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I believe (but could be wrong) that if your rear wheel has spokes - going off of the picture you shared in your introduction post, that it would have an innertube and not just a valve stem.


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I believe (but could be wrong) that if your rear wheel has spokes - going off of the picture you shared in your introduction post, that it would have an innertube and not just a valve stem.
If I'm to believe what I'm reading in other threads on this forum. This particular model 2014 Harley Heritage is of a number of models that although have spokes, does in fact have a tubeless tire. Something about a liner is in place, that is recommended to be replaced with each tire change. Which all brings me back to my original question. if the trouble on this tire is just the Valve Stem, is replacement of this valve stem possible. Via the ways I've seen online, breaking the seal of the tire to the rim, gaining access to the back of the stem valve, removing it and replacing it.
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You won't know if you don't try ... Worst-case scenario, you have a tube and off comes the wheel assembly.

I like using a couple of boards and C-clamps to break the beads. Less localized stress on the sidewalls.

Sawzall, if I'm scrapping the tire.

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It can probably be done. But all things considered, removing the rear wheel to do it sounds less frustrating and quicker. Just think of all that wiggling around in the prone position, lack of room to get your hands/tools on the wheel. Please let us know what you do, and how it turns out.

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Those spoked rims require tubes even tho the tire is tubeless.

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found elsewhere in these forums. waiting on my new air compressor to come in and my new Stem valve. Then I'm gonna give it a shot.
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You won't know if you don't try ... Worst-case scenario, you have a tube and off comes the wheel assembly.

I like using a couple of boards and C-clamps to break the beads. Less localized stress on the sidewalls.

Sawzall, if I'm scrapping the tire.

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Thanks for the tip. I've seen some youtube vids doing the same, gonna give that a try.
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found elsewhere in these forums. waiting on my new air compressor to come in and my new Stem valve. Then I'm gonna give it a shot.
Is your rim stamped "MTM Tubeless"?

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Are you sure its not just a leaking valve core?
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