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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-13-2018, 02:21 PM
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I find it's not the act of mounting and balancing the tire, but the act of removal of the tires from the bike that is the hardest part of the job. I have been changing my tires for years and have saved alot of money not to mention the satisfaction of working on my own bikes. With the right tools a comfortable garage space any one can do it. All you safe can go to buying more gas and more riding.
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I always did my own (by hand) but on my last set thought I'd try the local Triumph shop.
I was quoted a price but when it was finished I was charged more.

I questioned it and was told that they added in weights, charging by the ounce. How petty.

Never went back.


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Further to useful equipment for fitting I have used aerosol polish ( Mr Sheen ) as an alternative to soap to seat the beads when soap was not available . And stick on weights can be reused with suitable double sided tape ( servo tape from radio control car ) not that I'm tight/cheap or anything .
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post #14 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 12:47 PM
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I've watched a video of a tire being mounted use large plastic wire ties; the new tire was "tied" in 5 or so areas around the circumference of the tire, pulling both beads together. The tire was lubed and force onto the rim as if it were a solid piece, not one with 2 sides, so to speak. The ties were then cut off, the beads seated and the tire filled with air. I've never tried this method, but look for a video of it. The ones doing the video claim that this method also will work with tubed tires as long as you protect the valve stem and have it oriented properly to the hole in the rim.

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I was quoted $430.00 for 2 tires and mounting. I know they must make a profit but that is to rich for my blood. I would have to stop riding if I needed to use a dealer for everything. Like I stated in my last post, it's not the mounting the tire to the rim, it's the mounting the tire and rim to the bike. That's what takes the time.
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Do my own as well, the bigger the bike the bigger the tire the bigger the job.
The Thunderbird Commander is some work.

I have a manual tire changer I purchased form Harbor freight, took me two seasons to modify it to my liking.
Also have a Mojo Lever, nice piece of kit. and a balancer.

Last mount I used Ride On tire sealant in the tubeless Avons.
Three reasons, no balancing, tire puncture protection and cooler running longer tire life.

It' doesn't appear the tire life will be extended by the looks of the wear. However the balancing with the product was great.
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Do my own as well, the bigger the bike the bigger the tire the bigger the job.
The Thunderbird Commander is some work.

I have a manual tire changer I purchased form Harbor freight, took me two seasons to modify it to my liking.
Also have a Mojo Lever, nice piece of kit. and a balancer.

Last mount I used Ride On tire sealant in the tubeless Avons.
Three reasons, no balancing, tire puncture protection and cooler running longer tire life.

It' doesn't appear the tire life will be extended by the looks of the wear. However the balancing with the product was great.

Where did you purchase the MoJo lever. I tried to make one but had trouble getting a phenolic / nylon end for the remount to hold up to the leverage.

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Installed and balanced front and rear tires on my Thunderbird Sport today. No issues at all, other than some effort to break the beads during dismounting. Before attempting the Rocket 3 or Goose Touring, I am going to be looking at a bead breaker and maybe the Harbor Freight set up. Regardless, my spoons and balancer paid for themselves this afternoon.....
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Installed and balanced front and rear tires on my Thunderbird Sport today. No issues at all, other than some effort to break the beads during dismounting. Before attempting the Rocket 3 or Goose Touring, I am going to be looking at a bead breaker and maybe the Harbor Freight set up. Regardless, my spoons and balancer paid for themselves this afternoon.....
I'm not sure you can do the Rocket tire change with the HF manual set up. That's a big ole low profile tire with a stiff bead.

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Where did you purchase the MoJo lever. I tried to make one but had trouble getting a phenolic / nylon end for the remount to hold up to the leverage.
Right here, got the mojo blocks as well and added to the harbor Freight changer. https://www.mojotiretools.com/mojoweb.htm
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