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ltank

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Re: Anyone Doing Their Own Tire Mounting and Balancing?
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2017, 08:43:36 PM »

I removed/replaced tires/ balanced on a stand for 6 rear tires and 3 front tires using hand tire tools and a balancing stand that has two disc on each side of the axle.  When I turned 60, I started removing the tires from bike and reinstall  but I let a shop change and balance them now. Front tire not so bad, rear tires suck.
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Re: Anyone Doing Their Own Tire Mounting and Balancing?
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2017, 09:40:27 PM »

Three tire irons is all that is needed. A bedbreaker is nice to especially since its difficult to use the side stand to break the bead on a HD.

But as I get older and lazier the next tirechange will probably be done at a dealer ship.
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Re: Anyone Doing Their Own Tire Mounting and Balancing?
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2017, 07:10:34 AM »

Hard to imagine life without my no-mar tire machine. I use dyna beads for balancing


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Re: Anyone Doing Their Own Tire Mounting and Balancing?
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2017, 04:31:03 PM »

Harbor Freight tire changer, mojo blocks and bar, Yellow tire thing and Dyna beads. 
Works great.  Used it on the CVO a couple times and the BMW GSA with knobbies to street I have done the front and back a bunch of times.
A couple of friends Harleys. 
It is easy to do solo if you do it correct, pain in the rear if you try and muscle it. 
Keep the bead of the tire in the lowest portion of the rim and use some sort of tire lube!
Also helps to leave the tire in the sun, but not necessary.
Lots of videos on youtube to help.
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Re: Anyone Doing Their Own Tire Mounting and Balancing?
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2017, 08:55:40 PM »

Thanks for all of the replies.  I have the confidence to do my own tire changes now and am willing to struggle through it and figure it out, with keen attention to not damaging the wheels.  I think I have everything identified that I need except I haven't decided yet on the bead breaker.  I am very space constrained so I really cannot go with a proper tire changing machine or even a larger lever-style bead breaker.  What is the next best thing from a bead breaker perspective?  The Motion Pro combo tire levers / bead breaker?  The motion Pro plastic "wedge" tool that gets tapped in with a deadblow hammer?  The "claw" looking bead breakers that use either screw or lever force to sort of "pinch" the opposing beads together?  I will only be doing "standard" tires and not more modern low-profile and/or x-large diameter wheels.
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