Originally Posted by ldbikin
Personally, after doing the research, I'm popping for a NO Mar machine, probably the middle-grade (ie, not the bottom end or pro model, a good compromise).
I figure I'll have to put about 1200 bucks into the ordeal (compressor, et el)but at 1000 miles a week, you would not believe what I'm spending on tires. Those miles are on my S, not the LT (I save that for 2 up and long biz trips now).
You really don't have to invest $1200 as suggested in the quote. Here's what I have invested in the complete package:
Harbor freight changer w/attachment $90
Marc Parnes Balancer $110
Mojolever- nylon tipped ends $80
Motion Pro Tire Spoons $13
RuGlyde lubricant ( NAPA) $18
swab for applying lubricant $5
Sears portable air compressor $100
Jack stands for holding balancer $20
wheel weights $12
I've changed tires on an LT, a Harley Heritage Classic, a GS Adventure, and a wheel barrow. ( I didn't balance the wheel barrow tire- Ha! Ha!)