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Offline rick3foxes

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Redneck tire changer
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:03:42 pm »
After having the last set of tires mounted and balanced at a shop for $80, I decided to go all cheapskate on this set. :nananana:




That's a free trashed rim welded to some free steel, covered with a $6 slit garden hose and a $5 piece of threaded rod.
And lying on top of it all is a $100 MojoLever.  :o
OK, there's also a 2009 F150, but I already had that in the garage.  ;D

It all worked like a charm.
After removing the old tire, I had to laugh remembering the agony I went through doing the same thing a while ago using a couple of tire levers.
Mounting the rims takes a little finesse as I learned how to keep the beads in the valley while turning, but it was all a piece of cake compared to the old way.

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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2013, 07:18:50 pm »
Sweet...  How do you get leverage with the bar?  IIRC, the models of these that I've seen advertised have one end attached to the center pole in some fashion, that allows you to pull the other end around and manipulate your tire with it.

(More sweet is that I see you're in Apex!  I'm in Cary!  Would love to meet you sometime and check out your C10...)
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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 09:11:28 pm »
Made an almost identcal setup, we both must have found the same web page...
Don't have a mojo
Will buy one before next usage tho, mounted mine on te corner of my bench, it worked great.....

I still use 12" irons tho, and found a website showing installation using tie wraps which I get at work, will be using that method for sure on the C14.
Good job

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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 02:27:48 am »
F&*Kn Aye!   :great:
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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2013, 11:51:57 am »
Sweet...  How do you get leverage with the bar?  IIRC, the models of these that I've seen advertised have one end attached to the center pole in some fashion, that allows you to pull the other end around and manipulate your tire with it.

(More sweet is that I see you're in Apex!  I'm in Cary!  Would love to meet you sometime and check out your C10...)

No - it doesn't attach. Once you get the tip under the bead, you just pull against the threaded rod in the center and work around it. First, I slide a piece of pipe over the rod to keep from chewing up the threads and scratching up the Mojolever.

I welded that little nub to the rim to keep the wheel from rotating when I'm working on it. (covered with blue duct tape in the photo).

Cary!   :great: - that's cool - we'll have to get together!
We could also meet at my place when I swap the rear tire if you're interested in watching an amusing DYI effort.
Any time I jump into a project, there's a strong possibility of it becoming the next YouTube "EPIC FAIL" sensation.  :rotflmao:
(The local ER asked me to alert them before using any sharp tools so they can staff up.)


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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013, 01:52:05 pm »
Would love to watch you hose up, I mean, replace, yeah, replace, the rear tire. :-)  PM me with time/place and I'll drive over if I can.  If I can't make it, I'll look forward to reading about it here. :-)
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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2013, 08:06:11 pm »
I made something very similar lately for the exact same reason.  I followed the guy in this link:

http://www.motocampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4330

I believe me it cost just under $50 dollars all said and done, including buying the rim at a junkyard.

I am waiting to get the mount/de-mount tool till I need to change tires.

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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 01:23:03 pm »
Just a little PSA, I noticed Harbor Freight has their m/c adapter back in stock.  Looks to be a bit different from the previous version.

http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycle-tire-changer-attachment-60810.html


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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2013, 07:47:57 pm »
I have the HF tire changer and MC adapter...  I only use it half the time...often I can R&R a MC tire with just tire irons and the bead breaker.
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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 01:02:06 am »
Sweet...  How do you get leverage with the bar?  IIRC, the models of these that I've seen advertised have one end attached to the center pole in some fashion, that allows you to pull the other end around and manipulate your tire with it.

(More sweet is that I see you're in Apex!  I'm in Cary!  Would love to meet you sometime and check out your C10...)

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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2013, 01:06:45 am »
Not sure where Graham is, but that could work. Also, there will be a wrenching session at my place in November.  Might also be a good time to meet!
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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2013, 05:08:12 pm »
Just a little PSA, I noticed Harbor Freight has their m/c adapter back in stock.  Looks to be a bit different from the previous version.

http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycle-tire-changer-attachment-60810.html


thanks for the heads up!!!

bout time, drat, and I made my own H/billy version this summer, and spent about half of what the real deal would have cost....luckily a pal gave me the original bottom half w/bead breaker....

off to H/F tonight....heheeh

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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2013, 12:03:05 am »
Ok, this is my modification to the HB TC. I bought one right after they released the Gen II changers. I haven't done anything with it because after one emergency use I knew something better could come of it. I scrounged some nylon or Teflon drill tower guides that we no longer use at work. Yes, I save crap there as well. This time it paid off. If anyone wants to duplicate this, I have a limited number of these guides tucked away. You are on your own as to what you do with them or how you make them work, it took a lot of cutting and imagination. All of my upgrades are of the finest precision guess work compounded with generous libation and BS from errant observers. Oh, you have to pay for shipping, other than that we are good.

PS, these things are threaded with 3/8 thread holes. Makes them easy to work with. Just don't expect them to remain tight.
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Re: Redneck tire changer
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2013, 01:30:07 am »
Check out;   no-scufftiretool.com        $89.00   Contact David Anderson....noscufftiretool@yahoo.com

I just ordered one. We'll see.
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