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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Tire Changing Question

I noticed earlier in the season that new tires would be need at some point this year. I kept a good eye out and found a special in January that I just couldn't pass up. I bought the tires (Pirelli MT66 - both front and rear) for right at $102 - and free shipping.

It is now getting to be that time when I need to get them mounted. I checked with the 'local dealer' right up the road from me -- those raving bass-tards want $70 per tire to mount and balance the tires if I bring in the wheels off the bike. The price went up to $120 per tire if I bring in the bike and they remove the wheels.

Now, I am no mathematician (but I do play one on TV ) but that price sounds an awful lot like BS -- kinda smells like it too. Maybe they should have just put a gun to my head and demanded all my money.

I can't possibly imagine what is that difficult about changing a motorcycle tire to be $140 - $240 in value. For that much I will buy my own New Rand Portable Tire changer and do it myself. The thing would pay for it self (twice) on one change. At the prices the dealer is charging I could buy a new tire changer and throw it away every time I use and STILL be CHEAPER.

All that having been said, is there a trick or special tid-bit of knowledge that I need to remove the wheels from the bike? I did a search on the forum to see if anyone had posted a step-by-step How-to for wheel removal but couldn't find one. If this has already been posted, I apologize.

Thanks to anyone who can advise me.

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No special tip. First time I had a front tire changed I sat down with the Clymers manual and did it myself. As for the rear tire, pretty much follow the initial procedure for removing the tire just as you would to check your splines.

I don't take my tires to a dealer, I take them to an independent Motorcycle/ATV shop. Charge is $20 a tire mounted and balanced. Check out some of the smaller shops in your area.

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I have the same tires to mount on my bike the first of August. I plan on removing then bringing them to a place to have them changed, but do I have to remove the rear assembly from the tire or the brake rotors from the front tire?

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I just changed my tires and it was very easy to do. I bought the tire changing station from Harbor Freight for $40 and the motorcycle tire adapter $40. I think Hyper posted the link originally. Here it is again:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=34542

I just saw that the price of the changer went up to $43. I called them and told them I saw the motorcycle adapter in a flyer for $39.99, they checked and gave the lower price.

The nuggets of wisdom I will share based on my own experience:

- be extra careful with the front tire so you don't ding the rotors in any way, especially when breaking the bead
- make sure you lube the bead well (I used WD40 and it worked great)
- keep the bead that you have already set in the center of the rim to have enough slack to easily set the remaining bead
- Use rim protectors
- an extra set of hands to hold a tire iron while you work the other(s) helps a whole lot

I also had 2 cager tires to change out as well, so the tool paid for itself on the first go around! (I used two saw horses as a balancing stand)

I had to set the compressor up to about 100psi to seat the bead, and then immediately backed off the pressure.

Hope this helps!

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For $20 per tire, it is worth it for me to just have someone else do it for me. But, I can't seem to find these $20 shops!! LOL The local shops around here want to screw me without the benefit of lubrication. Anyone in the Wake Co/Raleigh area of NC that knows of some secret hiding hole for M/C mechanics with reasonable prices?

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The tires are easy to remove from the rim. You could probably put the rim on a plastic trash can to hold it for you and remove the tire with two straight edge screw drivers. use the screw drivers to install the tire. check your tire rotation before installation. Set it up on the floor and work the beads to the sides and air it up. Remove all the old tire wieghts and see if runs okay with out balancing.

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I don't take my tires to a dealer, I take them to an independent Motorcycle/ATV shop. Charge is $20 a tire mounted and balanced. Check out some of the smaller shops in your area.[/QUOTE]

Hey Dianna,

I'm ready for some new tires and was wondering what the name of the shop you take your tires to to have them mounted and balanced in or around Conway. 20 bucks is a good deal. One local shop I used last year wants $110 to mount and balance now. I'll do it myself before I'd pay that but for $20 I'd let someone else do it.

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Conway Cycle Shop
1523 Mill St
Conway, AR 72034
Phone: (501) 327-2917
http://littlerock.citysearch.com/pro...rand=smx_yp-nc (click on the map portion for location)

They also sell tires so you might want to call them for prices too just in case.
We just find better prices online mostly.
Last I knew if you buy one from them, it was $15 for the mounting and balancing then.
That price is with us taking the wheels off ourselves and taking them in.

Tell them that gal with the VN750 with the sidecar sent ya!

They also carry the Purple Ice coolant that I use in my motorcycle/

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One of the shops up here does only tire changes on Saturdays from 9-4 and charges about $50 per tire. That includes taking them off the bike and putting them back on. $120 per tire is outrageous. Jeff, where do you live so I make sure not to get a flat there?

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Conway Cycle Shop
1523 Mill St
Conway, AR 72034
Phone: (501) 327-2917
http://littlerock.citysearch.com/pro...rand=smx_yp-nc (click on the map portion for location)

They also sell tires so you might want to call them for prices too just in case.
We just find better prices online mostly.
Last I knew if you buy one from them, it was $15 for the mounting and balancing then.
That price is with us taking the wheels off ourselves and taking them in.

Tell them that gal with the VN750 with the sidecar sent ya!

They also carry the Purple Ice coolant that I use in my motorcycle/

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I'll let them know who sent me.
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