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Doing it for the first time. Ughh. Lack of experience seems to be the deciding factor. It seemed so easy on the videos.

I got the front already set so I'm not feeling as discouraged right now but if it wasn't for the tools I ordered to do the job, I'd be bringing the rear wheel to my closest shop for a $20 tire change.

I might put the stop and go bead breaker up for sale

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20 dollar tire change is a good deal, that works for me. :mrgreen:
 

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The depressed center of the rim serves a purpose. Break both beads, hold the beads together, and shift the tire on the rim so the beads are down in the depressed center. The beads opposite will clear the rim for easy removal. Installation of the new tire works the same. Wrestling a tire with stiff sidewalls and beads that don't want to cooperate makes the $20 seem a bargain.
 

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You should have called me. I would be happy to hold your beer and swear loudly :furious: for you so that you could use both hands and maintain your concentration.

Seriously though, I've done it a couple of times and decided that $20 per tire is worth the money. I've got an extra Stop and Go breaker if you need another one to complete the job or more tire irons.
 

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You should have called me. I would be happy to hold your beer and swear loudly :furious: for you so that you could use both hands and maintain your concentration.

Seriously though, I've done it a couple of times and decided that $20 per tire is worth the money. I've got an extra Stop and Go breaker if you need another one to complete the job or more tire irons.
No kidding. I should've borrowed your tools and try it out before buying mine :green_lol: Do you happen to have a 1 oz bag of balancing beads laying around? That's a story for another day :furious:

This wrenching thing sounds more fun when somebody else is doing it :thumbup:
 

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20 dollar tire change is a good deal, that works for me. :mrgreen:
Me to!!! What's even better is I found out my friend now has a sure enough tire changer!! Bye bye tire spoons!
 

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I guess it's a question of scale too. I'm looking at one or two sets of tires a year. I might as well get the practice and put the money towards tires themselves (not to mention the logistics of taking a set of wheels to the 'nearest' moto shop would take half a day! - country living at its best).
 
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