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i've considered going after a static balancer, bead popper, rubber mallet, and stealing a bunch of wheel weights from the dealership.

Is the $2-300 worth of equipment worth it? i realize you change your tires 3 times and you've pretty much paid for the gear.

I figured i know enough people that ride and i could do the tire changes for friends fairly cheap and we'd all recover a lot of money the dealership takes in 50-75$ an hour labor. I know pretty much every racer has this gear.

What do you think? i know there could be some liability.
 

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A bit too high since a set of tires will prob last me at least a year or two. I plan on hitting a few track days but i don't see myself eating through tires. Looking to something with a bit more muscle involved but gets the job done.

i've changed many log truck and skidder tires i never wanted to do a bike the same way though because well just because. I think it can be done with hand tools and a good chunk of leather that wont leave a mark anyway.
 

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I wish I had bought one early on when I first got my bike. I have gone through several tire changes. The cheapest place I have found is $20 for a tire change with the wheel off. In LA area I think Berts charges $10 if you buy the tire from them (tires cost more). After all the tires changes I have had to do I would have saved a lot.
 

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You can do it with a cut-up milk jug, three tire irons, a four-foot piece of 2X6 and a rubber mallet. Seriously. It's easy, and it saves a ton of $$$.
 

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You can do it with a cut-up milk jug, three tire irons, a four-foot piece of 2X6 and a rubber mallet. Seriously. It's easy, and it saves a ton of $$$.
this is similar to what i do, guess you seen those you tube videos :five:

how do you balance them?
axle shaft and two jack stands..

Scudman is awesome
remove tire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pfp2Z9k0n0&feature=PlayList&p=5632E4A5666F2744&playnext=1&index=34
install tire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AerHAYs435s&feature=related
balancing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WHkSPZJ3fI&feature=related[/B]
 

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Have a look at this, Harbor freight is cheap stuff and I don't use them for much but i found coupons and got the tire changer for 39.95 and the motorcycle attachment for 29.95. Add blocks to keep rim scratches away. Mojo lever works good. Marc parnes balancer works. This setup works for me. No mar or others are probably better if you do many tire changes but for a few tires just not worth it for me

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/tirechange
 

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Have a look at this, Harbor freight is cheap stuff and I don't use them for much but i found coupons and got the tire changer for 39.95 and the motorcycle attachment for 29.95. Add blocks to keep rim scratches away. Mojo lever works good. Marc parnes balancer works. This setup works for me. No mar or others are probably better if you do many tire changes but for a few tires just not worth it for me

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/tirechange
How much do you estimate your setup costs? How effective is the balancer?
 

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I watched the harbor freight ads until I got the changer base on sale for 39.95. Got the motorcycle adapter several months later on sale and used a 20% off coupon they e mail out every so often.

Paid about $80 for both the base and adapter.
Marc Parnes balancer is about $115 .00

You don't really need the mojo lever but it is nice and does not scratch the rims at all.. $100.00.
You can wrap the Harbour freight lever in cut up pieces of milk jug for nothing.I already had some tire irons. 16" ones are nice for shop use.
I also added mojo blocks for the wheel holder to also cut down on scratches. The are about $30. I guess I could have used cut up milk jug pieces or plastic dip but I really hate wheel scratches.
With my CBR and Harley, wifes Shadow, Sons shadow, daughters shadow and son in laws suzuki it makes no sense to pay the dealer then still get scratched wheels.
 

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have a few guys chip in and buy a manual tire changer such as the no mar or a coats 220, and a static balancer, you'll be so glad you did, changing them by hand using tire tools gets old fast
 

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this is similar to what i do, guess you seen those you tube videos :five:



axle shaft and two jack stands..
I was changing tires like that before the invention of the internet, but yeah, those vids are awesome.

Jackstands and axle for me, too.
 
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