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    Tubeless conversion

    I have a 2004 Hard Rock Pro disc that has been hanging in the garage a while. Last time I rode I got flats all the time. Since the tires are now 9 years old I thought about converting to tubeless to help prevent flats. My LBS confirmed that my rims would work with tubeless rim tape/ stem conversions and quoted me $220 to install the tubeless conversion and replace the tires with similar Maxxis tires. This seems expensive to me - can't I do this on my own successfully and save costs by ordering by mail?? Thanks for your guidance.

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    Yes you can do this yourself. If you price up the complete kit from Stans, including a new set of tyres and it would come out cheaper BUT you do have to faff about a bit yourself.
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    Well, I got all the stuff to try and do this myself but so far I am unable to get the tire mounted with Stan's rim strip in place- it seems to take up to much space in the drop center. I cant get the first bead onto the rim. Any tips or tricks to get this to work?? Hate to break down and go to lbs!

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    Nvm, I worked it out- had to replace the original rim tape with the yellow Stan's tape. I did notice that adding air pressure caused the bead to leak a bit more- one tire wouldn't seal for a while so I removed the stem valve and added more solution. The deflation and re pressurization caused more leaks. Will this be the norm- that changes in pressure may cause the bead to leak? It will be a concern since left over solution in the tire wouldn't normally reach the bead to seal new leaks.

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