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Old 11-18-2012, 03:17 AM
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You guys are lucky. I had the local dealership quote me a price of $500 to put a pair on Metzler Tourance EXPs on. When I told them I could get the tires for $275.00 on line, they told me it would be $150.00 to put them on. While that's cheaper than getting the tires from the dealer, I think it's a little excessive. I then called the Ducati dealership and they quoted me $400.00 for the same tires and mounting. I'm gonna invest in the No-Mar tire changer I think.


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Bead breaker out of 2x4's is $10

HF bead breaker is like $30

Motion pro Irons about $30 total get 3
Or bag of Zip ties

Compressor with tanks from 70 to 200 other uses

Tire lube $10

Pair of saw horses to balance $40 other uses
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I'm into my whole tire changing setup well under $100...
I have changed over 25 tires now so about $4 a tire and maybe 1/2 hour of my time!!.not to bad in my book!!.


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My Harbor Frieght said that changer is no longer available. Does anyone know of a changer that will work on mc tires in the same price range? Thanks, Dave
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I was at HF yesterday and didn't see the changer,so you maybe be right about it being gone!!.


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You might also go online and try to contact HF corperate and see if any stores have it!!.


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You guys are lucky. I'm gonna invest in the No-Mar tire changer I think.
After you've changed your first tire you will be amazed at how easy a tubeless tire is to change. I take the wheel off and pop the bead under the kick stand of my other bike. I have a round can with rubber tubing on the edge that I lay the wheel on and use tire tools to slowly work the bead off around the tire. I have been using dyna beads for a few years now but on a trip in Texas I had to change the tire on my DorsoDuro as it wore out too fast. I didn't balance it so I could head home. Since then I quit balancing tires at all, unless they later seem to need it. Nine of ten tires I put on don't need balancing, and if they do I just install dyna beads through the valve stem. I never go more than 85 or so mph and have not needed the tires balanced, but if I was still riding my GSXR 1000 I would want them balanced - albeit I would use dynabeads.
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It takes me far longer to take the wheel off the bike than to change the tire!!.


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My Harbor Frieght said that changer is no longer available. Does anyone know of a changer that will work on mc tires in the same price range? Thanks, Dave
Nothing in the same price range, but we bought a Cycle Hill from No Mar and changed 22 tires last year.

And I'll start the controversy: we now use Dyna Beads with excellent success. Every bike is vibration free (we've gone as fast as 85mph on each) and we've had *zero* issues.
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I won't pay for mount and balance at all.........That is just dumb!! Learn to do your own tires. I have a cheap harbor freight balance stand and wheel weights i get from my work as im a tire shop manager. If im at work with the bike and tire i will use my car and truck mag machine to effortlessly mount and dismount them. balancing is also very easy unless you are using tubes then it gets really tricky without a machine. The worst part is guessing how much weight to start out with and not to over do it. I changed 2 sets of tires on 2 bikes out in the pouring rain for 3 hours wearing an icon rain-suit. Just get some NICE tire spoons and some good tire lube. It's a lot of work doing it by hand but it is rewarding to spend the money on a mount and balance on the tools and gear to do the job yourself. Instead of some shops idiots who will scratch you wheel somewhere. I guarantee you would take better care of your own wheel and try not to damage it as best you could. Unless your just a klutzy idiot.
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