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The deathwings on the bike are original and still have plenty of tread, but the bike's 03 so they're very old, i've had two punctures already and noticed that it was almost impossible to prise the tire away from the rim to get my hand in and fit new tube,

they're hard as iron, also both punctures had been ripped valves, so i'm wondering if when blipping the throttle for a wheelie the rim is spinning in the tire because it's lost it's suppleness, what do you think?.

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Magandang umaga po!

I hate death wings so I would replace them for sure. Use rim locks when you replace. i use 2 on opposite sides of the rim for balance. Then leave your valve stem nut a couple threads loose so it can move instead of tearing.

Finally make sure you have correct pressure to keep tire from sliding.

As for tires, there are 100 threads on which tires are the best for what use.

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Thanks Goebz, i've never fitted rim locks, i'll have to see if i can get here, as for tires very limited choice but i can get dunlops(thai i think) trailmax which seem to perform on the xr200 ok with very few punctures.

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