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Any of our Sydney mates got a static tyre balancer and other goodies for fitting LT tyres?

I'd like to have a shot at changing over the front for a "spare" I've got (1/2 used, but way better than whats on it at the moment).

If I can't loan one I might look at buying... unless it works out way too expensive to gather all the bits.

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After lots of reading up reports on the web about tyre changing systems & methods... I went ahead and built my own bits and pieces to do the job.
A home-made bead breaker, tyre mounting setup and static balancing stand... made from metal tubes, timber and bits and pieces lying around the garage.
I had to buy an old steel rim (17" off a holden commodore) that makes a near perfect fit mounting station at least for the front wheel (with some 1/2" hose pieces on the top edge) - $20, and some 5/8" threaded rod for the centre post - $13.
So they were the cheap bits.
The expensive bits... a Mojolever - about $150 shipped from the US, Marc Parnes balancer - about $135 shipped from the US.

So I've learned how to remove the front wheel, and with some near back-breaking effort (I need to make changes to securing the "stand") I got my 30,000km+ front changed over this weekend for a 1/2 worn one I had.
Benefits.. I know I have it near perfectly balanced.. and no-one bitched about the Ultraseal that came out of the old one, and I got to put a metal stem in the wheel, and know how well I secured it. Put Ultraseal back in, went for a test run... and yes it has the decel wobble at ~ 50kph, but that doesn't surprise me with a tyre thats been off and now back on again.
I learned a lot from doing this, what to do next time to (I hope) make it easier, without spending $1000+ buying a machine to do it.
Yes, I could have taken the wheel to a tyre shop and had it done cheaper... but then I wouldn't have the satisfaction I'm feeling now.

But I can wait till next time which will be to swap out the rear... I'm sure it won't be any easier... but I reckon I can do it. :D

No photos were taken during this endeavour, and no small animals were harmed.
 

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cws said:
I had to buy an old steel rim (17" off a holden commodore)
Make that a 15"...doh!.
 

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I bet your swear jar is full :D
 

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Well done. :clapping: :clapping:

As you said " The satisfaction of doing it yourself "

:toast: :toast:
 

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But I can wait till next time which will be to swap out the rear... I'm sure it won't be any easier... but I reckon I can do it. :D

No photos were taken during this endeavour, and no small animals were harmed.
Thought I should finish this thread off.... I recently put the 1/2 used rear tyre on, before going to the Snowy Ride, and it was MUCH easier than the front. I was really surprised, but then the tyre is wider and so maybe easier, and being warmer weather I had the tyre sitting in the sun for an hour beforehand.
Almost looking forward to when I need new tyres. :rolleyes:
 

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And the sun makes all the difference.
Always found the rear the hardest as it has really stiff walls.

Happy riding.
 
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