Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Ormond Beach, FL, USA
There are several good ways to change your tires Ron. Here's mine:
I have a Harbour Freight changer, but no mount/demount bar. If you use tire irons you don't need the motorcycle adapter, but the adapter will be useful if you get a mount/demount bar.
With tire irons I recommend a set of rim protectors, & two or three good long tire irons. The Harbour Freight unit will provide you with a bead breaker, & get the wheel/tire assembly up where you can remove the old tire without straining your back.
For installing the new tire I recommend a square frame of 4 X 4's covered with some carpet scraps. Make the frame large enough to support the wheel & allow the brake rotor to fit in the center. Purchase a good quality rubber mallet with a fiberglass or steel handle. You install the new tire by hitting the bead with the mallet & driving it over the rim. Sounds complicated, but after a couple of tires it's quick & easy. Use a little dish soap in some water as a lubricant. Be conservative, you want to lubricate but not leave a lot of water in the tire.
I use a Marc Pharnes balancer because it's reasonably priced, will work with BMW & any other wheels I've come across. I balance the wheel first without the tire & mark the heavy spot (it's not always the valve stem). Mount the tire, & rebalance. You can buy weights at most bike shops & NAPA, they're cheap.
Because the LT is a distance machine I keep a spare rear wheel. I mount a new tire on that wheel, & when I'm going any distance I use that tire/wheel. For local riding I use the tire/wheel with the most wear. That way I maximize my tire usage.
Jinks ('86fxrs, '07 FLTR)
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