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Old 01-24-2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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S side/pearland tire change help

I have been meaning to get setup to change my own tires.

I don't have a balance yet, but was considering this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...and-98488.html

In the meantime, I need a tire change soon. I have the rubber and can take the wheels off. Just never balanced a tire before or removed mounted moto or car/truck tires.

Is this something I can just learn from YouTube vids?

Anyone have a balance and feel like holding my hand? - TIA
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:46 PM   #2
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I have had that balancer for years. Works just fine.
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:49 PM   #3
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I've got 3 balancers, I'd give one up but you're not really near me. and yes you can learn all this stuff on youtube. What kind of tire changer are you looking at?
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Old 01-24-2017, 01:18 PM   #4
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balancing a modern wheel/tire combo is a waste of time and completely unnecessary. I've been riding and changing my own tires for 37 years and have only balanced 3 sets of tires. They weren't any better than the countless others that were never balanced. I take unbalanced tires up to speeds of 150 MPH with narry a wiggle or wobble. Others will surely tell you otherwise but I've got over 300k miles of data to back my claim.

And a set of tire spoons from cycle gear is all you need to change your tires, quick and easy.
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I have the HF stand and balancer. The tire bar it comes with sucks, so I shelled out for the No-Mar bar. Wish I'd gotten the No-Scuff bar instead of the No-Mar. The HF stand is kinda useless unless you get the Mojo Blocks (or heat and bend the tabs that grab the rim). I have the blocks, but I still need a cam buckle strap to keep the tire from spinning and I use two spoons to get the bead over the lip. You'll also need a small diameter metal rod to fit through a MC hub. The one it comes with is too large.

The balancer will work, but open the package first and check the bearings. On mine, the wheels the bearings are pressed into aren't machined evenly. This compresses the outer race and makes the bearings stick. I've had decent luck with most HF stuff, so I'm sure at least one balancer on the shelf will have good bearings.
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