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Looking for some advice on purchasing some tire removal/installation & balance tools.

Quality, affordable tools.

Specifically, a bead breaker, hand tools to remove & install, and a balance tool.

Searched thru a few threads here and it seems Marc parnes makes a good quality balance tool. I'll put that on the list unless someone has different advice.

Bead breaker -
I usually steer clear of Harbour Freight type tools but sometimes they get the job done. Who knows of a good bead breaker that doesn't break the bank?

Mount / Dis-mount tools -
Motion Pro has the only tools I know to protect the wheel. One tool has the string attached to it and the other looks like a plastic flap. Comments on these (or other mfg's rim tools) would be appreciated.

I have a good set of irons (short & long) that have served me well for 30+ yrs. Always used a spray bottle with soap & water for lube. I know they make a lube specifically for tire mounting. Comments on those would be appreciated too.

Thanks all, Ken
 

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Looking for some advice on purchasing some tire removal/installation & balance tools.

Quality, affordable tools.

Specifically, a bead breaker, hand tools to remove & install, and a balance tool.

Searched thru a few threads here and it seems Marc parnes makes a good quality balance tool. I'll put that on the list unless someone has different advice.

Bead breaker -
I usually steer clear of Harbour Freight type tools but sometimes they get the job done. Who knows of a good bead breaker that doesn't break the bank?

Mount / Dis-mount tools -
Motion Pro has the only tools I know to protect the wheel. One tool has the string attached to it and the other looks like a plastic flap. Comments on these (or other mfg's rim tools) would be appreciated.

I have a good set of irons (short & long) that have served me well for 30+ yrs. Always used a spray bottle with soap & water for lube. I know they make a lube specifically for tire mounting. Comments on those would be appreciated too.

Thanks all, Ken
I started out using tire irons from my dirt bike days and plastic rim protectors made from pieces of plastic jugs. And a vise as a bead breaker. Not easy to change the stiff LT tires this way, although I did it twice.

Got the longer Motion Pro curved irons and their rim protectors. Made life easier, but rim protectors are junk and cracked apart on first use. Went back to the thinner plastic milk jug pieces. Vise good for breaking bead on one side, but not both.

Bought a No-Mar machine last year. This helped a lot, but you can't use their lever on the stiff LT tires. Bead breaking is easy now and having the tire clamped at a better working height is helpful also. Still a pain trying not to scratch rims using Motion Pro levers and home made rim protectors.

This winter I bought three of No-Mars tire levers as they show in their video on changing a Gold Wing tire. They have rim protectors built in. I haven't used them yet, but hope they complete the puzzle.

I use the No-Mar balancer, but am sure others work well also.
 

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I drug this over from your valve check thread.

Hey, Ken - ping Stevie aka katnapinn about tire changing gear. That feller does tire changing for a living (among several other nefarious jobs like towing and roadside rescue) and has been thru a few brands of equipment. Another prospect for experience would be Mark Griner aka UncleMark. He's done a few and has settled on the best for him. Good luck.
 

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Been using Harbor Freights tire changer for years now. Like Voyager, made my own rim protectors out of plastic jugs (and a few other mods) and have changed around 30 or so tires with no issues. I use Pledge as a lube (for the tires!)
 
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