This is something new for me. I have a Harbor Freight tire changer and have changed Motorcycle tires with it before, but the stiff rim tires are hard to work with since you need to be able to insert the rim of the tire into 3 brackets on the mount.
I was watching some youtube vids on changing a tire with Tire Irons, and the process looked easy, plus it would be good to know this if I ever needed to pull the tire off while on a trip someplace.
I ordered two 8 inch irons from aliexpress, they were very cheap and arrived quickly. I also ordered a 16 inch one from Amazon with the last of my XMas money from last year. I was glad to have this longer one.
Breaking the bead was the first challenge and I failed to do this using just the tire irons. The stock Bridgestone Battleaxe tire has a stiff sidewall and I didn't want to mar my nice rims using these tire irons. I ended up using the bead breaker on my Harbor Freight changer. That took 5 minutes.
Next up was getting the tire off. I put some protectors on the rim but they always seemed to be in the wrong position to do this. Its like I needed a few more of them, and in fact I have a few more coming from China, but that may be a while. I managed to get it off finally. The second edge was also hard to remove and I struggled with it a long while but managed it finally.
Putting the new tire on wasn't hard, but did take some work, but again went on OK. The spoons did leave some marks on the inside of the rims, it is kind of a violent process to work tires this way.
After I got the new tire on setting the bead was a snap (drumroll here, putish.. bang..). I installed dynabeads for balancing and that went OK.
In hindsight I think the Harbor Freight method is easier in a way since you use a long bar and spin it around a central core to get tire off/on, and I think it is less harsh on rims.
Next up, where to get a real professional tire changer that doesn't cost a thousand bucks. I want something that resembles a toaster, just drop wheel in one side and new tire in other slot, wait for it to ding, and take it out.