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 Post subject: Stop paying to change your tires... do it yourself!!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:07 am 

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Between my 3 bikes (one of which is a track bike so I'm constantly changing out tires) my tire expenses have been adding up so I started doing a little research on how to change, mount, and balance them myself. It ended up being a lot easier than I thought and I'm saving a lot of $!! Follow these links to get started...

Harbor Freight Tire Changer:
https://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=34542
Harbor Freight Motorcycle attachment that is needed:
https://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=42927

(I bought both of the above on sale for $40 each... total $80)

Watch these videos first to see how to CORRECTLY use the tire changer in general (these are for regular tires, the next videos will be for motorcycle tires).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbfXfnv5 ... re=related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=todRCLZJ ... re=related

And now for the good stuff... Videos showing Harbor Freight MOTORCYCLE Tire changer in action:

This guy doesn't use the Harbor Freight changer but he gives a lot of good info on changing tires in general...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pfp2Z9k ... re=related

And now for the balancing act!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WHkSPZJ ... re=related

Excellent instructions on how to modify the changer to fit larger lipped wheels but more importantly... how to effectively mount/anchor it down if you don't want to bolt it into the floor.


Interesting instructions on how to use lashing straps to mount a tire without using anything... not even a pry bar!!!! I actually use this technique to hold the tire bead together while prying on the last and final part of the bead. By pulling the bead together on the opposite side of where you are prying on the final part of the bead, it enables the tire to move up into the "valley" or deep part of the wheel/rim so you have more slack to get the final bead over the rim.


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 Post subject: Re: Stop paying to change your tires... do it yourself!!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:04 pm 
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Hey Dru,
thanks for the advice, I'm going in with a couple of the guys to check it out.

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