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Why would anyone want to change their own tires? Isn’t it hard work that usually involves at least one bleeding knuckle? Don’t the tools cost a small fortune when you consider that shops only charge about 25 bucks for the service? Well, some riders don’t live within a few miles of a bike shop. And some folks, well, they’ve always got to do things themselves.

The good news is that, overworked sweat glands aside, changing tires is relatively easy – once you have the right tools. All you really need is a bead breaker, a set of tire irons, some dish soap, and a tire balancing stand.

Begin with your bike on front and rear stands. Once you’ve removed a wheel, unscrew the valve core with a valve stem tool. After the tire has finished its lengthy sigh, place your wheel on an old tire or other work surface. Whatever support you use, you want to make sure the wheel is not resting on a brake disc while you’re working on the bead. Discs bend all too easily and are quite expensive.
Read more about How To Change Motorcycle Tires at Motorcycle.com.
 

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There’s several things on you tube how to do it your self. I looked and wound up paying a stealership more than once. There are several auto mechanic shop tire machines that are capable to do a motorcycle tire most car tire machines are not capable. I’ve found the auto repair shop tends to be cheaper then the motorcycle shop. Make some calls and ask
 

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Hell I change my own tires with primitive tools. Takes me 2 hours. I have in the past had some issues with REALLY old tires, but that was just getting the old hard rubber off. (that's what she said)

Balancer? I hang a length of thin cable with a 2" washer at the end to hold the wheel 3" off the ground. Easy balancer setup. Works very well.
 

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I charge people 25-35 depending if its solid rim or spokes for just the wheel and 50 if I have to take it off their bike. I then use the tire machine on base for 8-10$ to do all the tires then come back home and static balance them. The dealership I used to work for was 35 + 1$ for tire disposal if you bring them the wheel and 55 on the bike per tire but I know they have since gone up. If you do your own tires ALWAYS make sure you have enough lube! Cutting a $200+ will make you kick a puppy.
 

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Hell I change my own tires with primitive tools. Takes me 2 hours. I have in the past had some issues with REALLY old tires, but that was just getting the old hard rubber off. (that's what she said)



Balancer? I hang a length of thin cable with a 2" washer at the end to hold the wheel 3" off the ground. Easy balancer setup. Works very well.
You like my bead breaker?
 

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I do indeed like that idea. Come spring there will be one just like it in my garage, lol. I have 3 tires to change out in the spring. This will cut a lot of hard work out of the process. Thanks for sharing that!
 

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I do indeed like that idea. Come spring there will be one just like it in my garage, lol. I have 3 tires to change out in the spring. This will cut a lot of hard work out of the process. Thanks for sharing that!
You can also balance the wheels on jackstands. Leave spindle from the wheels & pivot it on 2 jackstands. The bearings should provide free movement. The heaviest part will always drop to the ground. Add weights until the heavy spot on the rim doesn't always gravitate to the floor.
 

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This is a good article,
I haven't mounted my own tires/rims in years.
Recently, I let a local powersports shop (no cars) do it, with the wheels off the bike.
They even have a MC spin balancer like a cars one!
$35 a wheel, off the bike.

I have been wanting to do this again myself though, using the zip tie method.
I looked in my Tool box, and still have the MC tire irons I've had for over 40 years!

Good videos on it, here's one of them I googled:
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=Xip+tie+method+for+motorcycle+tire+mounting?#id=2&vid=ae080490c767224428ff7129757bc109&action=click

I may also ask one of the local car tire shops- if it'll be $20? Score!
 
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