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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2019, 01:03:18 am »
I do hope you realize I'm being Fecal with that post..

but truly it's a wasted expense for on road bikes...
off road, sure, it's the BOMB, at home in the garage... naaaaahhhhh :-X :-[ :-X :-X
peace, ride safe. :great:

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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2019, 04:47:32 pm »
Another video with a duckhead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ymwz2sMqU

I'll probably try it when it's time to change the tires even though after reviewing the videos I realize I had a DA moment about mounting one on the HF bar, wrong angle for what I was thinking.  :-[ I will be able to fab a mount for it with materials on hand.  :great:  Wonder if I can work it as a need to finally buy a welder...  "Honest, Honey! I'm saving money in the long run!!"    ::) :D   Well, there went "frugal"...
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2019, 08:25:54 pm »
 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :great: :great: :great: :great:

sounds great to me, If your wife was as kind as mine is, SHE would buy you the welder...and put it under the Christmas tree, Like mine did... along with a table saw, a new sawzall, a Gerbing Heated Liner, and a new Aerostich suit....

Just gotta "drop" hints correctly... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :motonoises:

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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2019, 11:49:15 pm »
Lucky man, MoB!   :sign0098:
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2019, 12:02:42 am »
Lucky man, MoB!   :sign0098:

yes, I'm lucky, I made it a point of marrying a women older than I am...  :rotflmao:
(only one year, we are actually the "same age" for 2 weeks every year), but I made sure to just hand her all my money, love her dearly and honor her for her intellect, take care of her... and somehow great gifts appeared for me whenever the occasion came around.

it works. :beerchug: :great: :great:

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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2019, 02:04:55 am »
 Finally I tried the changer .  New Pilot 4 Gt installed on the rear  who hoo.
  Took 2 hours with a helper. But that included balancing ,changing the TPS battery, and doing some cleaning.
  I have a few bugs to work out with the changer but all in all it went well. Those pilot 4 Gts are stiff.
 Ill be pulling the front thursday . 
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2019, 10:11:31 pm »
Finally I tried the changer .  New Pilot 4 Gt installed on the rear  who hoo.
  Took 2 hours with a helper. But that included balancing ,changing the TPS battery, and doing some cleaning.
  I have a few bugs to work out with the changer but all in all it went well. Those pilot 4 Gts are stiff.
 Ill be pulling the front thursday .

remember...
we need the rotation direction for that untouched TPS sensor.... :)) :)) :))

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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2019, 03:31:22 am »
Finally I tried the changer .  New Pilot 4 Gt installed on the rear  who hoo.
  Took 2 hours with a helper. But that included balancing ,changing the TPS battery, and doing some cleaning.
  I have a few bugs to work out with the changer but all in all it went well. Those pilot 4 Gts are stiff.
 Ill be pulling the front thursday .

remember...
we need the rotation direction for that untouched TPS sensor.... :)) :)) :))

  I didnt forget i just wasn't able to get to it today. Sorry about that but unless something else comes up ill be taking the front apart in the morn and report my findings.
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2019, 03:12:43 pm »
I posted the direction on another post but since we talked about it here to .
  The rounded part is facing forward if its on the top of the wheel.
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2019, 07:31:16 pm »
Ok guys I finally got a clear day to do a test ride and I happy to report  that after doing both front and rear tire changes with the harbor freight changer and replacing both TPM  batteries all is well. Everything works correctly and the tires don't shake lol.
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2019, 11:43:16 pm »
Recently; I ordered one of the Duck head tools that MtnRider posted.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dia-30mm-Tire-Changer-Nylon-Mount-Demount-Duck-Head-Machine-Plastic-Black-Head/142884345637?hash=item2144921725:g:S9cAAOSwETVZ3ffG

Will figure our how to install a handle after it arrives and then test it to see how it works..
But I'm hoping it will work better that the tools I'm currently using.

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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2019, 12:43:50 am »
Ted I used the mojo bar and I didn't have much luck with it. The De-mount part was perfect but I couldn't get the mount part to work out.
 The rear was sooo stiff that the mount part was worthless and i ended up using spoons to finish up.
 On to the front and the mount part was little better but i still finished up with the spoons. I like the duckhead thing . it may be the best way to go .
 
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2019, 12:55:41 am »
 I went back and looked at some videos and I think I wasn't using the tool correctly. I wasnt getting the tire bead on the top of the tool properly so my bad . I should have paid more attention. either way i got my tires on though.
  Next time ill me more edgamacated . :-[
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2019, 02:59:36 am »
The videos I have seen about changing motorcycle tires all suck. I say that because without fail, they are using some old tire with little or no bead, with a carcass as soft as a babies behind. Watch those videos and notice the tire. They would never use a new Michelin, no they wouldn't, it would not help sell their product. No Mar itself is guilty of this. The duckhead video in a previous post is the same. Just be aware of this.

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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #39 on: February 27, 2019, 12:12:47 pm »
I have a NoMar tire changer, changing tires is just as easy as their videos show.  I run Michelin PR4 GTs.
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Re: harbor freight tire changer
« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2019, 05:35:51 pm »
I have a NoMar tire changer, changing tires is just as easy as their videos show.  I run Michelin PR4 GTs.

I was considering buy a tire machine at one time, the NoMar is what I wanted & have plenty of room to bolt it down. That is until the 2015 Nationals, I watched the guy at the NoMar trailer change tires quite a bit to see how well it worked. That guy did a whole lot of cussing, sweating & even slung something at one point. I realized I could change 2 or 3 tires with my homemade bead breaker & irons in the time he did one. Needless to say, I don't have one & will stick with irons.

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