Changing tires...

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by skibum69, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    On the topic of tires what kinds of tools are out there to set up for home tire changing without getting into a commercial grade machine?
  2. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    This is what I have. Well worth it if you change tires a lot.


  3. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    What are you using for tire irons/levers Wayne?
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Homemade. Three spanner wrenches with one end cut off, grinded, and with a notch. The notch is key and I’m surprised that the store bought ones don’t have a notch. The notch gives a feel and indication so you don’t insert the lever too far as to damage the tube, or rim band.
  5. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    bead breaker from Royal Distributing, about $50 delivered when it goes on sale. $120 for same balancer as above at Princess Auto when it goes on sale. Princess also has long levers, but no notches in em. Good idea though. I have already saved money by having these tools. At $40 each to change a tire at a shop, it adds up.
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  6. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    The balancer at Princess Auto is practically identical to the one above. There are several different makers of the bead breaker, and of course several prices. The one I have I actually bought from H1, and has a nice thick rubber coating on the top protect the motorcycle rim a little better.
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Thanks for the input, reasonable cost for those tools. Lyndon Poskitt’s tire change video he had the same style bead breaker on a stand and made it look super easy.
  8. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I have my bead break bolted to my bench with some u-bolts. Very secure and yes, makes it fairly easy.
  9. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I've been thinking about getting a bead breaker but with it only being $27 + tax to have a tire changed and balanced over here, it's not worth it to me right now.
    Besides, I just got 15,000 km out of a rear Shinko Verge 011 and 23,000 out of the front Shinko Verge 011 (could have gotten 25,000 I am sure).
    I don't think I would get enough use out of one... mind you, I may get more friends lol.
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I would get one as I don’t plan to be the only one using it.

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