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Offline Rev Ryder

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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2013, 05:43:13 pm »

I'll pull the wheels  but it just ain't worth my time to change out the tires and balance them myself. I can't make my time worth that little.


Bet I can swap two tires with levers, balance em, grease the speedo cable on a C-10, and talk trash on the use of Balance Beads for ten minutes in less time than you can drive to the scooter shop and get one tire done.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: 

My time is worth too much to waste it at the stealer's shop gettin' hosed on tars. 

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These are some big irons, but they really work well.  I slide a 3" piece of garden hose on them for a rim protector.  They work great.  Jackstands and an axle and I promise my balance is as smooth riding as any computer spin.  ONCE in a while I get an Avon that takes a little too much time balancing, but usually it's pretty quick.  Michelins are generally about 1-2 minutes each.  Yeah, you do have to get all dirty and break a sweat, but those things are pretty cheap around here too.  I use Sprayway Glass Cleaner for tire lube and cleaner and it's all good. 
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2013, 10:51:53 am »
I use the Dyna beads so it's even less time.

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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2013, 10:55:29 am »
OK... Udaho!  Cuz it takes more time to push them BBs into dat lil ho on da valve stem.  :nananana:
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2013, 11:00:11 am »
OK, Medaho, but the beads are already in. I ain't taking them out, if the one minute to pour them in through the valve stem is too long, imagine what it would take to suck them out through the valve stem.
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2013, 02:05:58 pm »
  What's going on here?   Lol
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2013, 07:26:45 pm »
OK, me again, with the stubborn 2nd bead removal and the cutting wheel. I found some interesting tricks on You-tube.  Type in "motorcycle tire change" on the Youtube search line. You'll have to sort through some goofy, clumsy, funny, damaging, wierd methods but it's entertaining and I did find a couple tips that made me go hmmm, might have to try that.
                                                                          >:D
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2013, 08:00:44 pm »
  If the rear Dunlop is anything like the front, I know I'll be breaking out the cutting wheel again >:D with absolutely no shame this time.  I might even cargo strap my rim to a tree, wrap another strap around the whole tire and use my truck to pull the tire right off.  It's hillbilly, but to me is no differenct that using some of the other methods I am seeing.
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2013, 07:15:39 am »
HA HAAAAAAAA!!!!!!  That is tooo funny!!  OMG he used the -H- word.

I stopped at the Harbor Freight store yesterday and bought 2  24" tire irons (thanks Rev Rider, better
shaped tips than Grandpa's spoons). They didn't know anything about the HF motorcycle tire changer.
I came home and checked for myself and nope, not on the website. I sure would like to find one (HINT).
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2013, 07:31:56 am »
OH, by the way, in response to an earlier comment about a tire "stretching" onto the rim. The bead has steel cables inside and does not stretch at all. The only way the last bit of bead goes over the rim is because the bead on the other side ( 180 deg.) of the rim is dropped into the center well (smaller diameter) of the rim. If you are fighting in futility thats probably why. Use your knees to keep the bead down in the well as you pry on the far side. And set things up so there's NO WEIGHT OR IMPACT TO BRAKE ROTORS.
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2013, 09:10:11 am »
OK, I went back to harborfreight.com and I think I found it. #69686 on sale for $42.99 but without the motorcycle attachment. That must be the -now they sell it, now they don't- part. Does anyone know more about this?
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Re: I have a confession to make
« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2013, 07:15:12 pm »
  Well since this thread has grown like a chia-pet, I can let you all in on the fact that I BENT a tire lever today trying to get the rear off.  I broke the bead using a youtube trick using a lever and 2x4 and then bent a $6 tire lever trying to get it off.  I really think I was too far into the rim grabbing the bead and used to much horizontal force as opposed to pushing down on the lever is what did it.
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