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I want to start changing my own tires. Finally got a place to do it. The only thing is, I dont feel like spending $800 on a super tire changing machine. So what all do I need? I know there are a few members here that do their own tires.. help me out
 

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Vash,

I do my own tires with 3 tire irons (duct tape to prevent scratching rims) an old 15" car wheel (without tire, duct tape the edge) to set the M/C wheel on, and some soapy water (10 to 30 percent liquid soap). The key is practice and technique. It can be very frustrating if things don't go well. I'd be glad to answer specific questions that you have. My dealer charges $60 per wheel and I ride about 300 miles a week. I had to lear myself.
 

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I know a guy that charges $25 a tire, which isnt bad, but there are strings attached. Mainly you gotta inflate his ego...

He's got a full on stand that has a bar in the middle to set the iron against, which really helps. I've dont it myself once, and it wasnt all that bad.

What about balancing?
 

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The last 5 tires I've had did'nt need balancing, that includes 2 done by a pro. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there. I also forgot to mention my bead breaking method which involves a 2x4 and a truck or car. I would recommend a tire bead breaker though 'cause I'm sure you're not as cheap as I am.
 

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We used a rubber mallet (sp?) to break the bead.. and a funky buble thingie to balance...


So how do you rotate the iron around if you dont have a bar in the middle? Also how do you hold the rim from sliding?
 

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Bubble balancers are supposed to be pretty beat for balancing a motorcycle tire. I used to do mine and spin balance them and it was accurate. I had the harbor freight setup and it came with 2 metal rod for placing inthe center of the wheel when removing tires.....I would take the rod that would fit in the wheel and then place the wheel and rod on 2 jack stands and spin it and wait for the heavy spot to stop at the bottom. Do this 2-3 times and make a mark each time, it should be the same spot over and over. Another helper...spin balance the rim to find the heavy spot with no tire on it and mark it on the inside ( only needs to be done once, then it is marked forever ), that way you can figure out where to place the dot on the tire, which I believe is the heavy spot. Go to a NAPA or other parts store and pick up the tape on weights, they are cheap and easy to use and I never had one fall off the wheel.
 

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Sweet. Thanks everyone. I figured a setup like edge ranger is showing would run me about $500. So All I need is the changer, bike adaptor, a set of tire irons and a spin balancer?
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Reading that article a spin balancer is nothing more than a rod..
 

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Vash, you could do what I did and marry a chick that works for a shop. I get 10% above cost on parts and tires, and usually pay labor with pizza and beer. She is a keeper.:twofinger
 
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