tire change - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 9:15 am Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
jaskjb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Rochester, MN,
Posts: 253
tire change

For those that have used a Harbor Freight type tire changer - do you need anything special to do the rear wheel?

Jim G - Rochester, MN
BMW MOA #123976
2000 K1200LTC
jaskjb is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 9:32 am
Senior Member
 
cfell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Posts: 7,794
Re: tire change

nope.. make sure you use some kind of cushion like old innertube on the three rim clamps...helps to hold and minimizes rim damage.

...............
J.M.J...
Dcn Channing

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
cfell is offline  
post #3 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 9:34 am Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
jaskjb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Rochester, MN,
Posts: 253
Re: tire change

Thanks for the info. Now to order the changer.

Jim G - Rochester, MN
BMW MOA #123976
2000 K1200LTC
jaskjb is offline  
 
post #4 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 9:51 am
Senior Member
 
cfell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Posts: 7,794
Re: tire change

instead of mounting the changer to concrete, I notched two 6x6 posts and lag screw the changer to them.. when done, remove the 4 lag screws and it folds up for storage..

Also, you may find the "bar" for removing the tire will damage your rim... there are other options. I use "spoons" and some folks have a bar with special plastic ends....

...............
J.M.J...
Dcn Channing

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
cfell is offline  
post #5 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 12:08 pm
Lifetime Supporter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posts: 1,305
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by cfell
instead of mounting the changer to concrete, I notched two 6x6 posts and lag screw the changer to them.. when done, remove the 4 lag screws and it folds up for storage..

Also, you may find the "bar" for removing the tire will damage your rim... there are other options. I use "spoons" and some folks have a bar with special plastic ends....
Definitely buy a mount/demount bar from NoMar.

Motor On ,/'


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
jkersh1 is offline  
post #6 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 12:17 pm
Senior Member
 
fpmlt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,175
Re: tire change

Thanks, I too appreciate these answers as I'm headed out this week to order mine too.
Thank you all,
Frank
fpmlt is offline  
post #7 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 12:34 pm
Senior Member
 
joegottberg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mooresville, NC, USA
Posts: 1,191
Re: tire change

I used some of that "Plasti-Dip" on the rim holders. Now my rims are far from pristine, but, the rubber seems to hold up.

Front and rear hold the tire well.

I also used the 4 x 4 trick. It really is a beast in a small garage, so, being able to stash her away is a feature.

Someone even posted a plate they installed on it when not in use as another work platform.

Worth the money.

2005 KLT "Old Blue"

Bruno the "Bugg"


Democracy will only exist until 51% of the population believes they can live off the other 49% .
joegottberg is offline  
post #8 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 1:22 pm
Senior Member
 
kellenbenz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Tyler, TX, USA
Posts: 2,057
Re: tire change

I use these plastic rim protectors in the grips of the Harbor Freight changer:

http://www.kowatools.com/cgi-bin/miv...y_Code=REMOVAL

I also have the removal bar from a Coats 220 tire changer. It has the plastic replaceable tips.

http://www.mile-x.com/index.asp?Page...ROD&ProdID=278

Get some tire lube from a local shop and you might want to look into a Marc Parnes Balancer:

http://marcparnes.com/

HTH,

Ron


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


747,891 miles on touring motorcycles since 1990

IBA 45658 MOA167437

2000 LTC 90,600 miles KIA (new)
2003 LTE 164,188 miles Silver (Purchased with 1687)
2008 R1200RT 176,196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 96,669miles (new)
Total BMW miles 509,508
1982 GL1100 rode 84108 miles (bought with 12012 sold 96120)
1988 GL1500 rode 12067 miles (bought with 19893 totaled 31960)
1989 GL1500 rode 142208 miles (bought with 20302 sold 162510)
Goldwing miles 238,383
kellenbenz is offline  
post #9 of 21 Old Mar 18th, 2008, 1:53 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Redlands, California,
Posts: 573
Re: tire change

Good pictures here:

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/tirechange
Sunderland is offline  
post #10 of 21 Old Mar 19th, 2008, 1:25 pm
Senior Member
 
Reid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posts: 659
Re: tire change

We have a Victory dealer here that changes tires with electronic balancing (no need to purchase tire from him) for $30. Changing tires every 15K just doesn't justify the equipment needed and potential rim damage for me.

Reido
K1600GTL...Blue Metallic
USMC 1971-1975
Ham Radio Call: W0FVR
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
--H.H. Humphrey
Reid is offline  
post #11 of 21 Old Mar 19th, 2008, 2:44 pm
Senior Member
 
joegottberg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mooresville, NC, USA
Posts: 1,191
Re: tire change

How do you get 15K out of a rear tire

I can barely get 1/2 that much?

2005 KLT "Old Blue"

Bruno the "Bugg"


Democracy will only exist until 51% of the population believes they can live off the other 49% .
joegottberg is offline  
post #12 of 21 Old Mar 19th, 2008, 3:30 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Sebastopol, CA, USA
Posts: 127
Talking Re: tire change

never lean and slow down
ltride is offline  
post #13 of 21 Old Mar 20th, 2008, 10:56 am
Senior Member
 
munson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Burkburnett, TX, USA
Posts: 3,399
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reid
We have a Victory dealer here that changes tires with electronic balancing (no need to purchase tire from him) for $30. Changing tires every 15K just doesn't justify the equipment needed and potential rim damage for me.
Many of us simply enjoy doing things for ourselves. It's like therapy.

Blessings!
munson+

The Rev. John Munson
Vicar,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Burkburnett, Texas
Vicar,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Wichita Falls, Texas
2007 R1200RT "REV ZM"
IRON BUTT ASSOC. #37813
See my video:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
munson is offline  
post #14 of 21 Old Mar 20th, 2008, 12:18 pm
Senior Member
 
Reid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posts: 659
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by munson
Many of us simply enjoy doing things for ourselves. It's like therapy.
I hope my post didn't appear critical...far from it as I find "therapy" in getting my hands dirty as many of us do. I just meant I choose other battles to fight than tire changes.

Reido
K1600GTL...Blue Metallic
USMC 1971-1975
Ham Radio Call: W0FVR
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
--H.H. Humphrey
Reid is offline  
post #15 of 21 Old Mar 20th, 2008, 3:21 pm
Senior Member
 
joegottberg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mooresville, NC, USA
Posts: 1,191
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by ltride
never lean and slow down
My grandpa had one of them, a WHEELCHAIR

2005 KLT "Old Blue"

Bruno the "Bugg"


Democracy will only exist until 51% of the population believes they can live off the other 49% .
joegottberg is offline  
post #16 of 21 Old Mar 20th, 2008, 3:44 pm
Lifetime Supporter
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Pelham, AL, United States
Posts: 530
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by joegottberg
How do you get 15K out of a rear tire

I can barely get 1/2 that much?
I think it depends on what tire you are running. I consistently got 13K with ME880s on the 02. On the 05, the front 'stone was replaced at 9K but the rear still looks good @12K.

BTW, the ME880 front and BT020 rear is working well w/o head shake.
alabrew is offline  
post #17 of 21 Old Mar 20th, 2008, 3:50 pm
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 141
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by munson
Many of us simply enjoy doing things for ourselves. It's like therapy.
I'm going to use that statement from now on when people ask me why I don't have a Girl friend...
PhantomK12LT is offline  
post #18 of 21 Old Mar 20th, 2008, 7:49 pm
Senior Member
 
BecketMa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Posts: 3,522
Re: tire change

Running the same set up here, 880 front 20 radial rear.

Bob

"He was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena, and the style of a poison toad." H. S. Thompson
BecketMa is offline  
post #19 of 21 Old Mar 21st, 2008, 12:41 pm
Senior Member
 
Reid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posts: 659
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by alabrew
I think it depends on what tire you are running. I consistently got 13K with ME880s on the 02. On the 05, the front 'stone was replaced at 9K but the rear still looks good @12K.

BTW, the ME880 front and BT020 rear is working well w/o head shake.
Consensus is the Metzlers hold up longer than Bridgestone, but not as good in wet conditions. I am surprised you don't experience tracking issues with two different tires...perhaps the tread is similar enough in design so as not to cause issues. Sorry, I guess this thread isn't "tracking" well as we've deviated from the original subject matter.

Reido
K1600GTL...Blue Metallic
USMC 1971-1975
Ham Radio Call: W0FVR
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
--H.H. Humphrey
Reid is offline  
post #20 of 21 Old Mar 21st, 2008, 12:54 pm
Senior Member
 
munson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Burkburnett, TX, USA
Posts: 3,399
Re: tire change

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reid
Consensus is the Metzlers hold up longer than Bridgestone, but not as good in wet conditions. I am surprised you don't experience tracking issues with two different tires...perhaps the tread is similar enough in design so as not to cause issues. Sorry, I guess this thread isn't "tracking" well as we've deviated from the original subject matter.
I'm running that same combo at the moment, as well. They are both bias ply tires, and the ride is very good. We're still talking tires, so it's all good!

Blessings!
munson+

The Rev. John Munson
Vicar,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Burkburnett, Texas
Vicar,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Wichita Falls, Texas
2007 R1200RT "REV ZM"
IRON BUTT ASSOC. #37813
See my video:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
munson is offline  
post #21 of 21 Old Mar 22nd, 2008, 11:42 am
Senior Member
 
Reid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posts: 659
Re: tire change

My tracking "experience" was on my RoadKing. Our Rolling Thunder group planned a Ride to the Wall from Sioux Falls to Washington, D.C. I needed a new rear tire and I put on a Venom X leaving the H-D front as is. Man, that bike wanted to go everywhere but straight. Needless to say, I put a Venom X on the front when I got home and tracking was fine after that. Tread design was significantly different between the H-D and the Venom X and was the cause of the problem.

Reido
K1600GTL...Blue Metallic
USMC 1971-1975
Ham Radio Call: W0FVR
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
--H.H. Humphrey
Reid is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First DIY tire change, irons only, not so bad... JGroves K1200LT 5 Jul 19th, 2007 11:16 am
Tire changing my way CharlieVT Bike Talk 7 Apr 11th, 2007 12:25 pm
Tire Repair warning from Dunlop cfell Tires 3 Dec 3rd, 2006 7:35 pm
Bridgestone BT020R 160/70R-17 tire failure. mudman Tires 23 Aug 28th, 2006 3:36 am
Ready to change front tire JCarver K1200LT 1 Jun 15th, 2006 8:00 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome