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post #1 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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So you change your own tires?

I've always done as much of my own mechanic work as possible. Started out as a necessity (too poor to pay someone), but now I do it because I like it. I've accumulated a lot of different tools over the years. Some jobs I have specialty tools for, and some I make due with what I have. I used to do my tires with a couple old screw drivers that I modified, but have since bought a couple spoons. I've been thinking about making a tire changing post to make the job a little easier.

For those of you that do your own tires, do you have special tools for the job, or do you wrestle them around with every day tools.

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post #2 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 11:17 AM
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i just recently purchased a tire changing stand for $100. Makes it a little easier. getting too old to wrestle on the ground trying to put that stiff new tire on.

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post #3 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 11:42 AM
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I wrestle using this to break beads/tire levers and this

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post #4 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 11:52 AM
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Just swapped my first set of tubeless tires a few weeks ago. Somewhere I had read about using a 6" C-clamp with a small piece on wood on one side of the rim to break the bead. Once that is done you can work your way around the bead with the standard tire irons.
This setup works well for me, but as stated above, getting a little old to be working on the ground kneeling on the bead etc. As long as I'm only doing it once every year or so.
Used the glass bead balancing system, works well.


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post #5 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 12:08 PM
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I have the Harbor Freight car tire changer and the motorcycle adaptor for it. While the motorcycle adaptor certainly leaves room for improvement, it is usable. I did add the nylon rim protectors to it. The bead breaker is reason enough to buy the tire change equipment. Makes it sooooo easy to break the beads loose. While I have an aftermarket tire tool to remove the tire from the rim and install it, I find they just don't work too well. I have 3 really good tire spoons and some plastic rim protectors. The motorcycle adaptor holds the rim very well, making using the spoons much easier.

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post #6 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 12:09 PM
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Bought the HF stand w/MC adapter 8 years ago. Also got the No-Mar bar($200 total). Change an average of 6-8 tires a year. Mine, my sons and friends. Just the bead breaker is worth the price.
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post #7 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 12:18 PM
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I have the Harbor Freight tire changer/bead breaker ($39) along with the Motorcycle Tire Changer attachment ($39).
I drilled some holes in my concrete pad to mount it on and have changed tires on my cars/bikes, but it is clunky and does need some adjustments to work on motorcycle tires without marring the rims.

I find it doesn't work well on stiff wall tires. You also need to buy extra bits to get it to work like a tire bar and extra hand along with rim protectors and lube. Soap works for lube but if you put too much on it affects your balance beads later.
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post #8 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 01:10 PM
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Before I bought a No Mar, I made a simple bead breaker that works great and inexpensive too,
Used about a four foot 2x4 ("handle") hinged to the wall using a strap hinge, and about 10" back off the wall another hinged 2x4 ( "breaker") with a tapered end that is long enough to be about a foot off the floor when the top 2x4 "handle" is parallel to the floor.
I thru bolted both strap hinges through the lumber and used lags into the wall stud.
It folds to the wall when not in use.
I used three 4x4 pieces to set the wheel on the concrete, break the bead, when bent over rest the handle on your back, rotate tire, repeat, etc.
I always, always make sure both the old and new tires are warm, and use lots of lube.

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post #9 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 01:16 PM
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I bought the No Mar Ultimate several years back and have changed 4 sets of tires including car tires for the neighbor. It's stored until I need it and then I have it bolted to the basement floor when in use. It works very well. I'll be selling it in 2 years or so when I move out to Phoenix to retire. I'll pay someone to do it at that point because I won't have the space for it. I'll only be changing bicycle tires then :-)
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post #10 of 47 Old 03-21-2016, 01:41 PM
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I got lucky and bought a NoMar Classic from an inmate on another forum. He had all the shitz included. I saw his original invoice of $1000. He told me he changed 2 tires and decided he's not doing that again. I got it for $400.

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