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post #1 of 10 Old Feb 17th, 2008, 9:53 am Thread Starter
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HF tire changer

So, my Harbor Freight tire changer arrived.
Has anyone had experience using the tire changer without bolting it to the deck?
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Re: HF tire changer

Works fine without nailing it to the floor, just not as stable, of course; but it is still a very useful tool. One other thing that is really handy is plastic rim protectors; otherwise you gotta fool with some other way to protect the rims. The leverage provided by the bar is really great.

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If you don't want to drill holes in your concrete floor, you could bolt it to a 4' x 4' piece of plywood.
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Hey Charlie, I had an 8' piece of "womanized" 4x4 laying around. I cut it in half and ripped it to the size of the channels on the bottom of the HF. I then saddled the middle of the 4x4's. Being I took my Skil Saw, set the depth of the blade and cut small slices into it. Then I knocked out those slices with a hammer and chiselled the saddles clean. This let's me set the two pieces of 4x4 on top of each other flush in a cross arrangement. I set the HF on this cross, marked where the holes are and drilled it out. I use lag bolts that I run with my cordless drill and a socket to hold the HF in place. I can break the whole thing down and it stores in my moto closet in the gearage.

Notice the lips of your tire clampers. If they are just a straight piece of metal, you'll want to weld some round stock to the top of them to clamp to the inside of the rim (where it meets the tire). Experience talking here, or you'll be one frustrated boyo. I use inner tube to keep from marring the rim.



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http://www.ammcoats.com/uploadedImag...s%20APX80E.jpg

I found out by experimenting that the newer "Touch-less" automotive tire changers will change LT tires with no effort at all. The tools stay away from the rim, so it is just about idiot proof (until a better idiot is invented) The attached picture is of the model I used.

I did it for the first time, it took me 10 minutes for both. The Marc Parnes balancing also for the first time took another 10 minutes.

The local tire store may now be an option for some, provided they use the latest equipment and are not idiots...

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Hey Charlie, I had an 8' piece of "womanized" 4x4 laying around. I cut it in half and ripped it to the size of the channels on the bottom of the HF. I then saddled the middle of the 4x4's. Being I took my Skil Saw, set the depth of the blade and cut small slices into it. Then I knocked out those slices with a hammer and chiselled the saddles clean. This let's me set the two pieces of 4x4 on top of each other flush in a cross arrangement. I set the HF on this cross, marked where the holes are and drilled it out. I use lag bolts that I run with my cordless drill and a socket to hold the HF in place. I can break the whole thing down and it stores in my moto closet in the gearage.

Notice the lips of your tire clampers. If they are just a straight piece of metal, you'll want to weld some round stock to the top of them to clamp to the inside of the rim (where it meets the tire). Experience talking here, or you'll be one frustrated boyo. I use inner tube to keep from marring the rim.


Hey Grif;

post a pic, I would like to see the round bar. I can weld at my shop.
Or give me a diameter and length. Thanks

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My unit has nice little hooks that lock onto the rim nicely. Newer version I wonder?

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......Notice the lips of your tire clampers. If they are just a straight piece of metal, you'll want to weld some round stock to the top of them to clamp to the inside of the rim (where it meets the tire). Experience talking here, or you'll be one frustrated boyo. I use inner tube to keep from marring the rim.
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Re: HF tire changer

Thanks for the replies Gents.

So I got the tires demounted and remounted using the HF unit. It wasn't bolted down to anything but I managed by using the occasional tire iron and counter leverage.

So far I'm not sure I'll actually save time with the HF unit over my old approach, but I do like the bead breaker. That's a real improvement over my old technique.

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I'd take the bike out for a test but the conditions are less than satisfactory, after the rain a couple of days ago, that's mostly ice in the yard. Gotta put the chains on again
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Hey Grif;

post a pic, I would like to see the round bar. I can weld at my shop.
Or give me a diameter and length. Thanks

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Well, diameter is what I had laying around. Length was to size. The sad part was, no matter how much I love to weld, Thor did it. It was during a tech session, I was in shorts and sandals and just didn't see the point of changing for a quick zap job. That Thor is an alright guy!





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Yep...the newer models come with the "lip" or "hook" already on it. I just dipped my about 6 or 7 times in plastikote and it doesn't mar at all. I also purchased a NO-MAR Mount/Demount bar and it is worth every penny.

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