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The right tools make a hard job easy

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Mr. Cob, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    I picked up a Harbor freight, tire changer with motorcycle wheel adaptor a while back. I have used it too change tires on my R1150GS, my Road King Classic, and today for the second time on my R80G/S. This tool makes a hard job a lot easier.

    Here are some pictures of the tool and the new nasty assed tires I just put on the R80G/S, these tires are DOT approved, Dunlap 606's. I took them out and gave them a try out behind my place, these MoFo's hook up:super


    The tool.

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    The front tire, Dunlap 606.

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    The rear tire, Dunlap 606.

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    Done deal.

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    I think that this tool belongs in every garage, I have way to many bikes to pay someone else to do a job that I can do. Now I get tires mounted when I want it done, not at somelses convineance.

    You can buy this set up for $34.95 for the tire changer and $19.95 for the motorcycle wheel adaptor. The tool pays for itself the first time you use it.:deal
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  2. fish

    fish Banned

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    That's great, COB. Sure would be nice to document the procedure. Hey MPM, how about helping dave out? Yer good with the docu-posts. Just don't forget the PMFP.
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  3. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    Sounds like a plan... COB still owes me a drink. Mebbe it's time to collect??? :1drink :1drink :1drink :1drink

    Hey Dave...whaddya think about putting on a set of TKC-80's in a month or two???

    Marc
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  4. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Marc,

    Bring em on, while your here maybe you can try to teach me some more stuff about computers. If I can machine it, weld it, or hit it with a big enough hammer I can fix it. However, I can crash a computer quicker then I can pull a Wheeliiiiiiiiiiiii on my R1.
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  5. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    If the tool is squid and troll proof. Ordered mine just now. The cost is just slightly more than a two tire change at the local BMW dealer.

    What are you using to balance the tires? I guess I'll be "engineering" a stand of some sort fot that.

    I hate paying for something I can do myself. Ecspecially when it as low tech as tire changing.

    Going through a set of tires every month on the KRS will make this thing handy.
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  6. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    I have one of these, too. Since I don't have a second set of wheels for the Wanderer, I swap between TKC80's and Gripsters. Ride up, swap tires, and ride out in one hour easily. And that's with a few breaks to swig beer.

    I was lucky/smart enough to use female threaded anchors in my garage floor right under my ceiling fan. I pull the stand away from the wall, bolt it down, turn on the fan, and start tire changing. The fan really helps when it's 90-F(ucking) degrees at 9:00 pm.
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  7. MountainMan

    MountainMan accelerating

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  8. crackerguy

    crackerguy Been here awhile Supporter

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    I picked up the above pictured Motorcycle tire changing rig from Harbor Freight this weekend. The outlet here in Austin was having a sale on Sunday, I think I paid $28 for the stand and $25 for the MC attachment. Great deal.

    I failed miserably in attempting to get a MEZ4B on the front wheel of my R using tire irons (those Mezs have a TIGHT frigging bead!). The Harbor freight jobber worked very well, and barely scratched the black powder coat on my wheels (TIP- wrap the metal pieces that grip the rim with duct tape, it helps protect the finish on the wheels)

    Highly recommended for the price.
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  9. nachtflug

    nachtflug I'm not going to talk about that.

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    I'm not going to talk about that.
    Don't see too many GS's with full knobbies. Cant seem to find, but I remember reading early 70's bike mags in high school, as opposed to early 70's school books, that had a BMW factory ISDT bike at the ISDT with 2 rear wheels mated side by side, both full knobbies with some big German rider with a urapeein half helmet. Cant find it in the old scrap book but I knows what I saw. Neat bike you got, plant it in some of your pacific northwest loam and roost a bit, love to see some pics of a big gs spawned rooster tail, but you'll need 2 people to do it.
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