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Old 08-28-2014, 06:56 AM   #1
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Tire changing station

Hey all, looking to swap my first motorcycle tires this weekend. Popping off some old trail wings for a new Shinko 244 rear and Pirelli MT21 front.

Anyway, without dropping $100 for a tire changing station like the Motion Pro or MSR setups, has anyone come up with their own contraption? I'll rig something up in the garage but would like to hear if anyone has any homemade setups that work?
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:14 AM   #2
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Best one I ever set up/used before I got a machine was a 30 gallon steel oil drum with a foot of concrete at the bottom with a couple of weights thrown in for good measure and some fuel hose wired to the top rim.

Just keep it covered so someone doesn't use it as a trash can! Mine weighed over 100 lbs!
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:26 AM   #3
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I was shown a 14in car rim with pipe insulation on the edge. Insert a long threaded rod with a big washer on either end to hold your rim in place. Then go to town with some tire irons.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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5 gal plastic bucket works, if your kness can take it. Cheap.

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Old 08-29-2014, 08:47 PM   #6
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Your local tire shop will have some throw away 15" rims for free. Local Home Depot will sell vinyl tubing you can split and put over the rim edge. I change everything from dirt, DS, street and my track bike tires with that setup.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Old garden hose works nicely as a rim protector too. Secure it with strong zip ties.

I've also heard of people using old hand grips (trimmed) for the same purpose.

And I've seen homemade stands that attach to a tow hitch, I love this idea. Either use the tow hitch on the back of your truck, or bolt a hitch receiver to your work bench and go at it.

This one's kinda low, and doesn't have a circular surface to work on, but you get the idea. Would be easy to make it higher and/or add an old car rim.



Details on this particular setup here: http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/105...changer-cheap/
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:25 AM   #8
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Your local tire shop will have some throw away 15" rims for free. Local Home Depot will sell vinyl tubing you can split and put over the rim edge. I change everything from dirt, DS, street and my track bike tires with that setup.
+1 ... costs nothing and works just fine. I also throw down a nice pice of carpet to kneel on. Getting old.
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