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

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Thanks for the info. Now to order the changer.
 

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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....
 

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cfell said:
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.
 

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Thanks, I too appreciate these answers as I'm headed out this week to order mine too.
Thank you all,
Frank
 

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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.
 

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

http://www.kowatools.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AKS2000&Product_Code=AKS-280-1010&Category_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?PageAction=VIEWPROD&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
 

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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.
 

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How do you get 15K out of a rear tire :confused:

I can barely get 1/2 that much?
 

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Reid said:
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.
 

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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.
 

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never lean and slow down
My grandpa had one of them, a WHEELCHAIR :D
 

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How do you get 15K out of a rear tire :confused:

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.
 

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

Bob
 

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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.
 

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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!
 
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