Post Master General
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Frozen hell of the north
I Ride: 97k '07 ZZR600, 2014 Ninja 300, 37k 89 FZR400 racebike, 56k 06 ZX6R track only, 21k 97 ZX6R F model
8" or 10" arbor press..used simply to break the bead free
30 gallon barrell with some radiator hose split and stuck on top (drill a few holes in the steel barrell and zip tie the raditor hose to the top- never scratch any rim)
10" aluminum tire irons (3)
plastic rim guards (3)
all in for above is maybe tops ($200)
and any of the static balancers available on the market ($80ish)
while I have a pnuematic tire machine and electronic balancer (about $2700)
I use the hand method for every sportbike and most sport touring bike tires and many of the "standards" 16" - 19" work super well, 15" tires are a bit of a PITA.............................. which is well over 200 tire changes a year and I have done it this way for about 4000-4500 tire changes on the same pieces of equipment. With the only thing ever replaced in all those years and tires changed being those plastic rim guards maybe 2 times in 37 years....
I use the pnuematic machine maybe 30 times a year and really only on the touring tires that simply aren't very flexible...... then of course I can also do auto tires on it and have.
nothing at all doing it all by hand.......... 1/3 the investment of a no mar and get it done as fast or faster and takes up far less room!
woohoo we are having fun now
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