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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone used the Harbor Freight Tire Changer?

Just picked one of these up...



http://www.harborfreight.com/manual-...ger-69686.html

With the motorcycle adapter...



http://www.harborfreight.com/Motorcy...ent-60810.html

Has anyone used one of these??

I'm thinking to use Ride-On as my "balancer"...

Any thoughts?

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I think Mercury has one.

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I'd still balance using weights...even if you use Ride On.

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I'd still balance using weights...even if you use Ride On.
Balance? We don't need no steenkin balance

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I had a tire that I had balanced two or three times and no one ,including me, could get it right. I had read a bunch on the Dyna beads , and i am here to tell you even without the weights they work and work well. I haven't tried the Ride on sealant so I can't speak to that.

I have that same tire changer and haven't bolted it down yet but it has to be easier than c-clamps and tire irons, I'll let you know next week as I have two to change out both on Hondas, one tube type and one tubeless




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I use that tire changer and it works pretty good for me

To make it REALLY shine though I would HIGHLY recommend some upgrades.

I would get the Mojo Lever and Mojo Blocks
Lever: http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoweb.htm
Blocks: http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoblocks.htm

The Blocks insert into the tire/rim clams and allow a much more secure clamping down of the wheel with no marring if the wheel shifts at all (which it will)
Without the blocks, the tire will have a tendency to pop UP out of the clamps. The blocks hold the wheel down. Though you will still need to use a tie down strap to keep the wheel from spinning.

The lever is WONDERFUL. Allows you to pull the old tire off and pop the new one on in under 5 minutes. It has no mar tips on it, and it infinitely better then the lever that comes with the tire changer.

The lever also allows you to do the removal and install with no tire spoons.

Video of some guy using the HF setup with the MoJo add ons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuH5BzAR4a4

another video of a guy using the Mojo lever on a car tire: (note, the Mojo lever instruction say not to do this)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGzrJSTSoXk

As for balancing..o each their own for that. I've been using Ride-On only with no weights for a few years now and in my opinion, its give a much better balance then weights can.

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Also,

If you can bolt the tire changer directly to a concrete floor, it will make things so much easier.

Otherwise, the stand wants to wobble all over the place when attempting to remove install the tire.

......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.

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Never had a problem getting any tire off the wheel and have used the HF changer to mount new tires on VN750s and KLR. But, had no luck mounting bigger tires. I was able to mount Metzelers on my 750 but could not get Metzelers mounted on the Nomad rear and ended up having the HD dealer down the road mount 'em. Just seemed like I was gonna tear/damage the tire??. I bolted the changer to a hefty pallet which worked out OK for me.
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The reason I suggest balancing with weights THEN using Ride On ...is because It's a liquid. If the tires balance is off, the majority of the liquid will flow to only one side of the tire....meaning if you pick up a nail on the other side you're not getting the full benefit of the sealant.

If you balance using weights and at least get it real close, the sealant will distribute more evenly in the tire.

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The reason I suggest balancing with weights THEN using Ride On ...is because It's a liquid. If the tires balance is off, the majority of the liquid will flow to only one side of the tire....meaning if you pick up a nail on the other side you're not getting the full benefit of the sealant.

If you balance using weights and at least get it real close, the sealant will distribute more evenly in the tire.

Well that makes a lot of sense. Honestly hadn't thought about that.

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