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post #1 of 18 Old 05-09-2014, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Tire levers

I was going to go the Harbor Fright, Mojolever route, but when I added it all up, it was about 9 tire changes at about 6-7 years before I broke even. But I am willing to try the spoon method. So, are all tire levers created equal? What about length and other considerations?

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-09-2014, 10:20 PM
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I've used these Stubby Tire Tools the perfect tools for changing tires on aluminum wheels

Great tools and no need for a rim protector.
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These are great irons. I have two sets, four irons can be really handy at times. The handle and length of these irons provide good leverage.

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Thanks for the info guys. Those Stubbys look pretty good. I think I am going to try a set. If I don't like changing the tires myself, I am not out that much money.

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I also recommend a set (or 2) of RIM savers https://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0357/

You can get em cheaper lots of places. They keep the irons from scratching the rim! Some folks just cut up bits of used garden hose and use that, but you can loose them inside the tire, and then it's a BITCH to fish them out!
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If at all possible, get someone experienced to help you through the first time. It isn't hard to do, but a little know how helps.
Tire irons/spoons with great leverage suggests you're doing it wrong.
Don't use a water based lube.
Be sure that both beads are deep in the center of the rim-opposite of where your "spooning".
Don't damage a rotor in the process.

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If at all possible, get someone experienced to help you through the first time. It isn't hard to do, but a little know how helps.
Tire irons/spoons with great leverage suggests you're doing it wrong.
Don't use a water based lube.
Be sure that both beads are deep in the center of the rim-opposite of where your "spooning".
Don't damage a rotor in the process.
Thanks for the advice. I'll be watching some videos for sure. I did buy the Stubbys and their web site said if you don't place the opposite beads in the center of the rim, their spoons will break. I guess they are made of plastic. They also said a soapy water solution was ok. Do you recommend something else?

My next step will be to figure out what bead breaker I will use. Thinking of a home made 2x4 job.

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Which tire lube will start another "oil thread."
Try going to NAPA & ask for a lube that isn't water based. The water carries the possibility of oxidation of the rims & spokes. Not so important with mags, but aluminum oxidizes too.

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I used Lemon Pledge when I manually changed my tires last time. Worked great and smelled good also. That and I already had it and didn't need to go out and buy something else. One of the YouTube videos that I watched before my attempt mentioned it also.
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The Stubby tire levers are not really workable with tubeless tires -- you'll need to get some metal tire irons and use rim guards (pieces of milk jugs or shampoo bottles work fine.)

I have a set of Stubbys, and they're great for getting things started on any tire, but once you're about 3/4 of the way around on a tubeless tire, you'll need to switch. On tubed tires, you can only use Stubbys for a complete tire change on relatively loose-fitting dirtbike tires.

I'd recommend getting a QUALITY set of tire irons. You need at least two shorter irons (make sure they're forged, not the bendy stamped crap sold on cards at many moto shoppes). You'll also want a long tire iron, like this one.

The biggest mistake I see is n00bs who get impatient and try to lever on six inches of tire in one bite. Take it in very small steps, and NEVER allow yourself to get frustrated and yank hard.

With a little experience, you can easily change tires with tire irons much faster than you can with a No-Mar. While the No-Mar owner is still struggling with those stupid clamps, you're getting the job done.

A great guide:
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