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Motorcycle Tire changer #4455416
07/10/17 02:50 PM
07/10/17 02:50 PM
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Md, USA
montero1 Offline OP
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I have to buy one, sick of what people are charging these days. Want to keep it under $1000, and electric or manual, not air. Last concern is how to mount it to the floor.


'07 Z4 3.0 SI
'08 GL1800
'10 Jeep Rubicon
'10 Corvette
'13 V-Star 1300 Deluxe (Hers)
'13 VFR1200F
'16 Harley Electra Glide Limited
'18 GMC Canyon Denali (Hers)
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455453
07/10/17 03:37 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
https://www.nomartirechanger.com

I do mine old school with tire spoons and a HF bead breaker.

Let the tires (new and old) sit out in the sun for half a day before you work and it'll be smooth as butter to change out.

Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455455
07/10/17 03:38 PM
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With a $1,000 budget, you probably aren't looking for my advice, but here's what I do:

I bought a set of 3 15" curved tire irons and use two pieces of 2x4 hinged on the wall as a bead breaker. I used a diluted soapy solution in a spray bottle as lube. It's a little manual, but very doable. I've replaced 5 motorcycle tires so far with this method (I think I could do it in about half an hour now). I don't do anything to balance them, but I'd consider using using Ride-On as a dynamic balancer if I felt any vibrations (I haven't so far). $35 bucks for the irons and they've paid for themselves many times over.

Same with you, I didn't want to spend the money at a garage getting them changed.

Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455456
07/10/17 03:39 PM
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http://www.nomartirechanger.com/Default.asp

I had the cycle hill model of the Nomar changers that hooks to your receiver hitch...worked like a charm. It also comes with a kit to mount to the floor, or a large pallet. I got mine off CL for $180.

Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455458
07/10/17 03:40 PM
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What do they charge for a tire change and does that include a balance?


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455493
07/10/17 04:21 PM
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Why not call around and ask? It's around $50 as I understand it, way more than a car.

I did my virago's rear tire with my HF *car* tire changer and some 2x4s to keep the brake drum part of the rim off my concrete floor.

Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: CT8] #4455556
07/10/17 05:36 PM
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montero1 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: CT8
What do they charge for a tire change and does that include a balance?


$56....but this was after they wanted to charge me $110. I told them to give me my d--- wheel back. Wanted to charge me same as wheel off the bike as wheel on, $264 for a tire I found for $109, and have to drop it off, and pick up later. Some places won't install tires not purchased from them.


'07 Z4 3.0 SI
'08 GL1800
'10 Jeep Rubicon
'10 Corvette
'13 V-Star 1300 Deluxe (Hers)
'13 VFR1200F
'16 Harley Electra Glide Limited
'18 GMC Canyon Denali (Hers)
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455690
07/10/17 07:50 PM
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I've had no issues changing tires using motorcycle tire irons.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Wanted: 2019 Ford Ranger
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455719
07/10/17 08:21 PM
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WRONG, you need a motorcycle tire iron and EXTRA LARGE ZIP TIES TO GET TIRE OFF/ON EASY! INEXPENSIVE. REUSE ZIP TIES...

Last edited by Vern_in_IL; 07/10/17 08:22 PM.
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4455734
07/10/17 08:39 PM
07/10/17 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: montero1
Originally Posted By: CT8
What do they charge for a tire change and does that include a balance?


$56....but this was after they wanted to charge me $110. I told them to give me my d--- wheel back. Wanted to charge me same as wheel off the bike as wheel on, $264 for a tire I found for $109, and have to drop it off, and pick up later. Some places won't install tires not purchased from them.
that is quite a rip off.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4456385
07/11/17 02:01 PM
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I hate getting tires for my bikes as well. I usually wait for a sale, take the tires off myself and drop them off to save the installation fee. The last 2 tires I got for my Ultra Classic I let the HD dealer do it all because the sale included free installation so that was great. I hate messing with tires.

Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: Vern_in_IL] #4457105
07/12/17 09:12 AM
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montero1 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Vern_in_IL
WRONG, you need a motorcycle tire iron and EXTRA LARGE ZIP TIES TO GET TIRE OFF/ON EASY! INEXPENSIVE. REUSE ZIP TIES...



What do you use for a bead breaker?


'07 Z4 3.0 SI
'08 GL1800
'10 Jeep Rubicon
'10 Corvette
'13 V-Star 1300 Deluxe (Hers)
'13 VFR1200F
'16 Harley Electra Glide Limited
'18 GMC Canyon Denali (Hers)
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4464977
07/20/17 12:36 PM
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I really like my No-mar.
I bought it used off of CL.


You still need to know your way around tire changing but it sure does make things easier. The built in bead breaker helps too.

Last edited by Ausfahrt; 07/20/17 12:40 PM.

'14 Subaru Crosstrek MT 70k
'15 Tacoma 4x4 MT 30k
'03 Camry AT 148k
'07 BMW R1200GSA 71k
'98 Electra Glide 52k


Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4466850
07/22/17 02:09 AM
07/22/17 02:09 AM
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montero1 Offline OP
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How did you get it mounted to the floor?


'07 Z4 3.0 SI
'08 GL1800
'10 Jeep Rubicon
'10 Corvette
'13 V-Star 1300 Deluxe (Hers)
'13 VFR1200F
'16 Harley Electra Glide Limited
'18 GMC Canyon Denali (Hers)
Re: Motorcycle Tire changer [Re: montero1] #4466860
07/22/17 03:49 AM
07/22/17 03:49 AM
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Red Head anchor bolts. The last time I put a front tire on a Harley, I soaped it up and slammed it on hard enough by hand that both beads went over the rim and the first bead went off the other side of the wheel. Tires are all about technique. I like to use a 5 gal. bucket for a wheel stand.

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