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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering how the harbor freight tire changer is they are having a sale on it for half price and was thinking bout buying it

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Works pretty good as long as you have a sturdy surface to mount it to. I use 18" 2x4's on the bottom side / rear slots and then bolted the 2x4's to half a sheet of 3/4" plywood.

Make sure to buy 3 or 4 tire irons. Low profile sidewalls are really stiff so having several tire irons allows you to open up a large enough gap to start prying the tires off the rims.

Here's some other tips that may help (if not you than maybe someone else that reads this:

Google tire install zip ties and watch the video. You'll see that using heavy duty zip ties and compressing the tire allows you to put both tire beads on the rim very easily.

To seat the beads wrap a ratchet strap around the entire tire. Tighten the strap until the beads get close to the rim, bounce the tire on the ground (about 12" drop), tighten the strap a little more, repeat until the tire is close to the rim all the way around.

Pull the valve core out of the valve stem and blast the tire with as much pressure as your compressor will do. Stop as soon as you hear a pop. Remove the ratchet strap and fill the tire to desired pressure.
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Thanks for the extra info

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They need several modifications so they don't scratch up your rims and work better. If you do a search for Harbor Freight motorcycle tire changer mods you'll find a lot of info. Once modded and used with a mojo bar they work OK.

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+1 on the mojo lever! I also ordered mojo blocks for mine. The HF tire changer and motorcycle adapter needed some refinement. I scrapped the center pole and used a appropriate length of all-thread to replace it cause it did not pass thru the axle hole of the tire. Mounted it on a pallet. Works great. Have done 2 sets of tires so far and lent it to friends to do theirs. Definitely saved some coin!
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+2 on the Mojo bar...here's a hint though...go to NoMar Tire changers and order their mount/demount bar. its a 125$ and worth every penny. I have the Nomar Classic with the professional bead breaker installed and it works a treat. While you're at Nomar order 2 of their no scratch tire levers...trust me....I've mounted 100's of tires from Sportbikes to HD's to Goldwings on mine. I've done SpeedBlues XR's front and rear. The NoMar levers are perfect and won't hurt your wheels

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Save yourself the trouble. Just invest in a nomar tire changer. I have the harbor freight tire changer and motorcycle adaptor it's a piece of crap. The clamps don't hold the rim. It will pop out as soon as you put pressure on it. The center post doesn't fit the Vic rim. I had to go to the hardware store to get one that fit. I have to use ratchet straps to hold the rim in place. The mount demount bar will scratch the shit out of your rim. I bought a bunch of nomar tools which are way better and I can now use the harbor freight machine. The thing is it would have cost me less if I would have just bought one of the nomar packages to begin with. And I'd have a way better machine. Trust me the XC rear tire is a tough tire to change. You won't do it with zip ties. So best bet is either buy the right tools or take it to the shop. Check out nomar's YouTube video on changing a gold wing tire it's the same tire xc'a use

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