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Anyone change their own tires? I've considered buying a bead breaking bar set to do my own since it seems a bit overkill expensive to have them done.
Is this easily done or is it with the newer tires that it would just be too difficult to do it on the garage floor?

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Anyone change their own tires? I've considered buying a bead breaking bar set to do my own since it seems a bit overkill expensive to have them done.
Is this easily done or is it with the newer tires that it would just be too difficult to do it on the garage floor?
I take the wheel of and bring them to a shop.
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I take the wheel of and bring them to a shop.
Yea I always do that also, sure saves some money that way also rather than taking the bike in and letting them do it.

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I started changing my bike tires...ONCE. After 2 hrs of sweating, swearing, and lots of bruised fingers, I got one tire off of one wheel. I realized that the ~$30 per tire that an independent shop charged me to remove the old tire, install the new tire, and spin balance the new tire/wheel was well worth it. If you do attempt this yourself, make sure to get the necessary tools and rim protectors.

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...I realized that the ~$30 per tire that an independent shop charged me to remove the old tire, install the new tire, and spin balance the new tire/wheel was well worth it...
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I do various service related as well as 'improvements' to my scoot myself. However, at some point you have to ask yourself about certain jobs if the hassle and the time it will take is really worth what the indy will charge.

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I started changing my bike tires...ONCE. After 2 hrs of sweating, swearing, and lots of bruised fingers, I got one tire off of one wheel. I realized that the ~$30 per tire that an independent shop charged me to remove the old tire, install the new tire, and spin balance the new tire/wheel was well worth it. If you do attempt this yourself, make sure to get the necessary tools and rim protectors.
As well as assorted splits and bandages.
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excellent point guys.... might as well let the fellas with the proper tools do the work.
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I normally take my wheels off and take them and my new tires to a dealer to get them done. I use a reliable Yamaha dealer to do this that I have been using for over ten years but do not trust them to know all the torques and procedures on a victory bike, and I want to know that it is done according to the Manuel. However, the last time a few months ago when I replaced both front and back tires I decided to mount them myself and did a lot of research on U-tube etc. You will need some basic tools and a lot of patience without the proper equipment but is is doable and you know it is done right.
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I started changing my bike tires...ONCE. After 2 hrs of sweating, swearing, and lots of bruised fingers, I got one tire off of one wheel. I realized that the ~$30 per tire that an independent shop charged me to remove the old tire, install the new tire, and spin balance the new tire/wheel was well worth it. If you do attempt this yourself, make sure to get the necessary tools and rim protectors.
I agree. Tried myself with those tools and I won't do anymore hand tire changes.
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The first time is the most difficult and most educational. I bought a Harbor Freight tire changer with motorcycle adapter several years ago and did a few modifications to the adapter to make it the way it should have been when it came out of the box. Also bought a Mojo lever at the same time. I mounted the changer to a concrete pad next to my garage so I don't have to worry about it getting in the way. When I changed my first set I thought I was going to die. But I learned a few tricks and since then have changed several sets on my Triumph Rocket III Touring, one set on a BMW K that I had and one set for my Road King. Have not done the Vision's tires yet but do not see a big difference -- they are round, too. :-) It gives me some enjoyment doing stuff to my bikes and I
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