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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-28-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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The Newb vs. the Manual Tire Change!

Yes I am crazy. What can I say.

I got my oversized Kenda's and am going to give changing them myself a try. Why not. Can't hurt to try and learn things along the way.

I studied a lot of videos on Youtube about the topic. One thing they all have in common- they are using tires that have been on and off a bunch of times and they know will work easy. So far it's been tricky, but I think I can do it.

Started with the bead breaking shown here-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XArpY_hSdk

It worked well but I had to modify what he built. My breaker ended up about 5 inches long because I have a Ford Ranger- not as tall as his truck.

Also the real trick is where you put the boards that are under the tire. You need to put them under the rubber and just a little under the rim, toward the outside of the tire. I will take a picture of it when I do it next (it was dark last night when I did it). It took me about 90 minutes to figure out the trick, but once I did POP POP. It worked well.

Next up is to remove the tire. It was dark and late and I didn't get it off last night. And I forgot to use something to protect the rim and I boogered it up a bit trying. I hope I didn't hurt their functionality- only cosmetics. Will take pics of that soon as well.

Mostly working from this video for this part. He used pieces of a Tropicana orange juice bottle as rim protectors. Going to try to do something similar for my next session working on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pfp2...eature=related
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Good luck! It's been many years since I bothered with it.

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This is what I used to break the bead on my rear tire when I had to replace my valve stem last summer. Cost about $7 at home depot.


Worked like a champ.

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As I said in the Harbor Freight thread, I use this set-up.

Cost was about $80 (sale price of $40 ea.) for both pieces and paid for itself the first few times I used it.
Besides making mount/demount easier, it also has a built in bead breaker that make it a snap.
IMO, easier than any other manual way of changing tires, be it motorcycle, truck/car, trailer, lawn mower....

A word of advice for ya Krebs, use plenty of lube when demounting and mounting the tires.


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Let me know if HF has those on sale again!

A buddy of mine here locally bought one, used it a few times and in less than a week it broke on him. He is waiting for them to get him a replacement in. He paid about $110, which is what they go for not on sale.

There is a CLOWN here in town who has one used for sale on Craigslist. He wants $85. Nice to know HF sometimes sells them for less than that. I offered him $50. I figure half of what the HF price gives you is the ability to take it back and get it replaced if it breaks in a week. No way I'm buying a used one w/ no return/replacement for that kind of money. What a tard!

I'm sure this is the hard way, and if I can find the machine for a decent price I'll get it. But kinda like we make kids do arithmetic by hand before we let them use calculators I don't think it hurts to learn the principles and techniques involved in doing it manually. At least once!
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Old leather gloves make pretty good rim protectors. Used my vise to break the bead, but fergy's idea is easier since you don't have to fumble with the rim while putting it in the vise.

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Leather gloves! Great idea! I have some of those laying around!! Thanks!
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You're welcome. Think I got that from my Clymer manual. You may want to double them up if the tire is real ornery. Tire tools could cut through otherwise.

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I have the harbor fright setup too. but not the motorcycle attachment.
i replaced 5 tires on the jeep, and stretched them. WHAT A PAIN IN THE ASS.
its hard to stretch new tires, in the winter. they just dont want to stretch.
I pit 215 75 R15s on rims designed for 235 75 R15s.
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I'm sure this is the hard way, and if I can find the machine for a decent price I'll get it. But kinda like we make kids do arithmetic by hand before we let them use calculators I don't think it hurts to learn the principles and techniques involved in doing it manually. At least once!
Yeah, I hear ya there. I changed PLENTY of dirtbike & dirtbike trailer tires with just tire spoons before getting that.

What part broke on your buddies changer?

Haven't seen them on sale for awhile now. I mail-ordered mine through their on sale/price reduction catalog, but found out later if I'd have brought the catalog to the store (if there was one here when I ordered it), I would've got the sale price.
I'll keep any eye out if I see them cheaper in their flier mailings I get.


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