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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Cool HF tire changer mods/ tips? Wheel balancer?

The other day I was in harbor freight and the tire changer combo was on sale ($99 for the combo - not a special sale but whatever...). I know that most fans of the changer advocate mods. This'll be my first tire change ever (tires not even ordered yet and won't till I have mods completed... gotta keep myself from getting in a hurry ). Any tips - links for the tire change method would be much appreciated.

So - any "must do" mods for the changer that apply to the 750?

Recommendations on spoons or similar? Not sure my budget can afford the mojolever at this point - thinking I might make a cheap knockoff of the mojo blocks though...

And for wheel balancing... I don't need it perfect of course, but I'd like it as close as can be... Most of the homebrew wheel balancers I'm seeing requre access to a metal lathe - which I most certainly don't have.

So throw links, techniques, pictures, insults and rotten produce my way

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When I, and some other riders, balance our wheels, we use the axle for that wheel and hang each end on a jack stand, or a couple chairs, or something similar, and just give a light, very light spin. It will rock back and forth to a stop, and you stick the weights opposite that bottom point, and just repeat.

Most of that balance stands I see in magazines is an H rack with a threaded rod and some cone bearings. Rolls real smooth, but riding these bikes on these roads, I don't think anybody would notice if you balanced the wheels like I mentioned above, and it saves 80+ dollars.

For spoons try to get a couple that have the slight curve/bend on one end; that helps alot.

The "tire machine" I've seen in person and looks like a nice unit, but I've never used one.
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I have the HF tire changer w/ motorcycle tire adaptor. I've used it on dirtbike & truck tires with no troubles. Never did the Vulcan tires yet though.
I'd suggest getting some kind of rim protectors to keep from scratching or knicking the rim.
It took me a couple tries to finally get the hang of using the changer, but once I figured it out, it's pretty easy.
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I'd suggest getting some kind of rim protectors to keep from scratching or knicking the rim.
Agreed. (forgot to mention these)

Very cheap insurance, even if you don't care about your current rims, there's always a future bike, or a friends bike.
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yup. Plan on some type of rim protector. Not sure exactly what I'll do for that though...

And hyper, no hurry - I haven't even ordered the tires yet (if someone knows a cheap place that has avon venoms.... so I can get a price match with dennis kirk...).

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Has anyone heard of, or used Dyna Beads, for tire balancing?
I have them in a scooter and seem to be doing the job.
I would like to hear from ya'll what you think.
web site is www.innovativebalancing.com
Thanks for your input.
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The consensus here is that they MIGHT do their job - but they do something that ride-on does as a side benefit (main benefit being prevention of flats...). They also MIGHT wear the tire from the INSIDE...

Same oppinion held on most forums, but if they work for you, um... they work for you!

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That is why I hesitate using them in my Vulcan tires.
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