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Old 07-10-2007, 08:06 AM   #1
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Planning on retiring...

And have had enough of paying through the nose for a new tire, mount, and balance.

Though I've never done it, I believe that I can replace and balance a bike tire.

Anyone know of a place where I should go to find a machine or the equipment required to do this? Would welcome some training from anyone that is already doing this, too.

Much obliged to whomever can help here.

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Old 07-10-2007, 08:31 AM   #2
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no mar tire changer, not cheap though. go to a trackday and pay 10.00
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who's the other tool outfit, northern???

they offer a tire change kit, that i've seen used.
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The setup I use is a Harbor Freight tire changer stand w/ motorcycle wheel attachment and a NoMar mount/demount bar. It is super easy. I would say (assuming you already have an air compressor) that it will cost you about $300-325 for the tools.

Harbor Freight changer stand: $50
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NoMar mount/demount bar: $100, or a MoJo Lever for $90 (you can use tire irons and rim protectors instead here if you want for about $30, but the NoMar/Mojo Lever bar is WAY easier and will not mar your rims)
gravity balancer: $100
wheel weights: $10-15 (is enough to do about 10-20 wheels)

The best thing you could do is go in w/ 2 or 3 cycle buddies and split everything. The setup will pay for itself in no time.

I modded my setup to mount in my reciver hitch for ease of use and portability.
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If you can pull the wheel off and bring it in, we charge $10.00 mount and balance.
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If you can pull the wheel off and bring it in, we charge $10.00 mount and balance.

thats the good thing about your shop, I live to far from you, but my local dealer charges 35 a tire if its off the bike, as far as I know they are the only place in town. And don't buy tires from them. A new rear only to buy and mount is 280.
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If you can pull the wheel off and bring it in, we charge $10.00 mount and balance.
Which is one of the reaons why I suggested going in with buddies.

I decided to do my own mounts for 2 big reasons (and 1 small 3rd reason)

1) I enjoy working/tinkering w/ my bike
2) so I can mount/demount tires before they may be worn out (ie- change from a sport touring tire to a track tire for a track day, then swap back)
3) to eventually save money (this will probably take 3 or 4 years for this to happen, but I'm fine with that)

It will take time to make gains on the finacial side of it so unless you really want to do it yourself, I would stick with one of the many great shops around that will take care of it for you...
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Paying a professional $10 goes a long way
The only thing I will add to that is shops that charge $10 to mount a tire aren't everywhere. In fact many shops won't mount tires you don't buy from them. Others will do it but they charge more if you didn't buy the tires from them.

So for someone who is 30-40 miles from Motorcycles Unlimited, they're looking at $20 to mount front/rear, and about $15 in gas. That's $35-40 and adds up quick. Just my $.02.

But, as I have said in my previous posts, if it is feasible and you really don't have an interest in learing how to do it, just pay a shop to do it for you..
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no mar tire changer, not cheap though. go to a trackday and pay 10.00
I don't think John with SCRC has ever charged for mounting tires at a track day if you buy from him.
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Thanx, All. Very helpful stuff.

I'm a little bent on learning just what is required to do it successfully and am prepared.

The Harbor Freight info struck a cord with me and the vision that I had with things.

M'on my way, Kewl Dudes

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