Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
I haven't been able to find how to do this properly but here is the reply I got earlier in year regarding tire irons and changers. Reply courtesy of PXX - near London, Ont.
Originally Posted by rhbell
Read the recent post re: changing own rubber. Definitely going to try it and have a couple of questions:
1) is there any length of tire irons that is better than another (realize longer is better leverage but any thoughts on what might be "too long" to be practical)
2) Anyone have any experience with the Princess Auto tire stand and changer attachment for bike tires - I have a gift certificate that is starting to burn a hole in my pocket and if possible would like to get the unit(s) in Canada if practical.
Appreciate any thoughts from the collective.
I have the Princess Auto tire changer set up. The base works well to break the bead. The Motorcycle tire adapter isn't worth the money. It won't grab the Strom's rim. Plus the center dowel rod is too large to fit through the bearing. It would probably work if you removed the rotors and the bearings I have the tire irons from there as well. They have 2 ridges on the back side that leave marks on the rims, I ground mine smooth......after. Get the base for the bead breaker, Skip the motorcycle tire adapter and have a strong (heavy) friend help hold the rim. I laid my rim on a couple of 2x4 on the floor(after I broke the bead) Had a buddy help hold the rim. Worked like a charm
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but desperation is it's father........... (Bell)