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Old 11-02-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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Harbor ft tire changer

http://www.harborfreight.com/Motorcy...ent-60810.html
I know that there must be a thread about this somewhere...If there is a link would be apreciated.
1. Does anyone use one of these? Will it fit my 17 mm axil hole?
2. Can I make a mount for it or should i buy the base unit also?
3. Is there a better set up for sale elsewhere?

I change about ten tires a year would it be worth getting? I use a set of spoons now and it’s not bad but my rims are starting to show signs dammage , Chips , scratches etc.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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1 - yes. remove the upper arm and there is no need for the bar that goes through the center of your wheel.
2. buy the base. i have mine mounted to 2 - 3/4" plywood 2'x2'. easy moving it around. the bead breaker is worth it.
3. yes$
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:53 AM   #3
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1 - yes. remove the upper arm and there is no need for the bar that goes through the center of your wheel.
2. buy the base. i have mine mounted to 2 - 3/4" plywood 2'x2'. easy moving it around. the bead breaker is worth it.
3. yes$
I disagree. I use the bar all the time:

http://www.jimvonbaden.com/Tire_Change.html
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:23 PM   #4
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I disagree. I use the bar all the time:

http://www.jimvonbaden.com/Tire_Change.html
Hi Jim..
I have a 17 mm axil tube type rim. the center bar looks to at least 22-25 mm on the changer.
What size axil do to have on your front?
from your pict. it looks like you removed the upper arm on the changer too. what holds the center bar in place on yours?
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:08 PM   #5
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Here is a link to a thread about it.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1000771
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:44 PM   #6
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Hi Jim..
I have a 17 mm axil tube type rim. the center bar looks to at least 22-25 mm on the changer.
What size axil do to have on your front?
from your pict. it looks like you removed the upper arm on the changer too. what holds the center bar in place on yours?
The unit comes with two bars, a larger one and a smaller one. I have yet to find a bike with an axle too small to fit the smaller one.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:04 AM   #7
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The unit comes with two bars, a larger one and a smaller one. I have yet to find a bike with an axle too small to fit the smaller one.
Only one bar with my version III (the newest made in Vietnam) of the HF changer. Sure is big (1") we had to make smaller ones.

Allthread in 3/4"(?) screws right in the bar hole at the bottom and then a matter of welding an appropriate bar on the piece of allthread if you want to remove them rear BMW tires like my bike it has to be sized down to 9/16".
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:36 AM   #8
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Only one bar with my version III (the newest made in Vietnam) of the HF changer. Sure is big (1") we had to make smaller ones.

Allthread in 3/4"(?) screws right in the bar hole at the bottom and then a matter of welding an appropriate bar on the piece of allthread if you want to remove them rear BMW tires like my bike it has to be sized down to 9/16".
On my NoMar that I use now I have a 24" Snap-on 3/8 drive extension that I use. Allthread tears up the dismount bar unless you slide some conduit over it.
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:54 AM   #9
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I got frustrated with it gave up and did my tires on the floor with:

rim protectors:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
ken tool spoons:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and motion pro breaker levers:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CU8ZEZQ/...I1B61NIXN6Y7JE

I then returned the harbor freight changer as it gave me no benefit that an old lawnmower tire wouldn't give (keeping the wheel off the ground)
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:34 PM   #10
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I got frustrated with it gave up and did my tires on the floor with:

rim protectors:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
ken tool spoons:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and motion pro breaker levers:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CU8ZEZQ/...I1B61NIXN6Y7JE

I then returned the harbor freight changer as it gave me no benefit that an old lawnmower tire wouldn't give (keeping the wheel off the ground)
I'm too old to work on the floor. Besides, the bead breaker alone was worth it. Add some nylon to hold the rims without scratching and you can do tires in minutes. I did 200+ sets of tires on mine before switching to NoMarr, and I regret not keeping it as it worked better!
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Here is what I did -- http://youtu.be/uRfFBp3_bNM
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:31 PM   #12
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I bought the Tusk tire stand for $70 from rocky mountain atv/mc and it works great, especially compared to the floor. Rather have this then the HF unit and its cheaper to boot.

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...Changing-Stand
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