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post #1 of 14 Old 06-20-2014, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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shop recommendation to mount and balance tires

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I'm looking to replace the tires on the bike. Since I don't really go off-road and mainly commute, I'm looking at the Michelin PR 4 trails. BTOsports has a front/rear combo for $318 and free shipping. Seems like a good deal to me.

Mechanically, I've taken the rear wheel off to change chain and sprocket, no big deal, but I've never changed a motorcyle tire before. I'm considering taking it to a shop to have them mounted and balanced.

Question to the NW folks, any recommendations on a shop? I called MotorSports Hillsboro, they quoted $80 mounting and balanced off the bike, $120 on the bike. I'm guessing that's about the going rate?

On the other hand, for $80, I could get a set of spoons and try to tackle myself, although I don't have a balancer. I guess I could always use Dyna beads.

I'd appreciate suggestions... thanks much.
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For a little over the $120 you can get the tire changer, spoons and balancer through harbor freight (might be closer to $150 or $160) but at that price it will have paid for itself by the 2nd or 3rd tire change. I have the set up but am a little far away, surely there is someone down there that will speak up and let you use their tools. Just like changing tires on a bicycle but requires a little more brawn. There are u tube videos on balance the tires.

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Thanks rpatton... I agree, buying the necessary tools could pay for itself in short order. I'm leaning towards gathering the tools and doing it myself.

It would be nice to get the tire off at home just in case I wanted to throw a patch inside the tire (opposed to a plug from the outside). I'm debating how often I'd use the tools, compared to the space in the garage they'd take up. If someone knew of a shop that mounted and balanced tires for a reasonable price, I might lean that way.
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I'm on my third set of tires using Dyna Beads and totally happy with the results and most of all the cost!
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Local shop charges $26 each to mount, spin balance, disposal for carry-in. Make more phone calls.

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Local shop charges $26 each to mount, spin balance, disposal for carry-in. Make more phone calls.

Ya, a local place charged me $50 for new front and rear. Made an appointment, drove the bike to him, and left it for the day (it was the next week). Not like the dealership, they wanted me to "just drop it off" wouldn't take an appointment and said "it will be ready next week", me "when, what day?" "Oh later in the week". Can't do it, that means I drive my car, unsat.

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Which shop is that?
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Which shop is that?
Port Townsend Honda Power Equipment & Marine. He also sells tires very close to the Superstore price.
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So I bought the tools and attempted the tire change today.

I learned on the rear tire (where to position the opposite side bead, etc) got it on and balanced, back of the bike is back together. The front tire came off and went on easily, but I cannot get the tire to expand to the bead. Lots of soapy water. Wrapped a ratchet strap around the middle... nothing. I only have a little pancake compressor, so no blast of air.

My neighbor works at Les Schwab, he said he'll blast it on for me tomorrow AM. Guess it'll be one more day till its back together.

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I could get a set of spoons and try to tackle myself, although I don't have a balancer. I'd appreciate suggestions... thanks much.
i use shop press from HF $120) to break tire bead. and mc tire balance r from HF $20.) for balance. works ok for me.

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