Hi Brojon. These are the tools I use: A Motion Pro Bead Popper, a selection of Motion Pro levers, and four Motion Pro rim protectors.
The Bead Popper is a wedge that you work around the circumference of the rim, where the tire seats into the rim. Go around the rim a couple times, smacking the bead popper with a rubber mallet, and the wedge forces the bead out of the rim.
It usually takes me three levers to de-mount a tire. I don't like the really long levers because the brake rotor can get in the way. Using four of the rim protectors makes it easier, so you don't have to reposition them as often.
For tire lube, I just use dishwashing soap mixed with water.
I should mention that I haven't been able to mount every tire I've had. I had a Battlewing BW502 rear tire that just defeated me at getting it mounted, and I had to break down and take it to a shop. It was weird, because I'd mounted other Battlewings and got them on. The Shinko 705s were the easiest ones I've mounted.
One good recommendation is that when your tire is delivered, take it out of the plastic shipping wrap and wedge some blocks of 2x4's that are about the width of the rim into the tire to spread out the sidewalls. If it's warm out, sit it out in the sun, even if you aren't going to change the tire on that particular day. Every tire I've ever got had been compressed from being stored on top each other, and it makes it a royal pain to seat the bead when the tire's sidewalls are pinched together and you don't have a big powerful compressor. When the bead is spread out sufficiently, I've been able to seat it using just the 12 volt compressor I use to fill up my tires.
I do balance my tires, but it's more of a force of habit thing than a necessity. I've been tempted to just skip the balancing and see what happens, but I'd hate to have to remove the tire again and balance it if it ended up being necessary.
"No matter where you go, there you are."
Last edited by RCinNC; 02-24-2017 at 02:01 PM.