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Tire Changer Experiences? 26 Mar 2018 19:53 #780870

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I've read several reviews about Harbor Freight changers and much more expensive ones. This one looks like it might strike the right balance for me. Anyone here have any experience with the Rabaconda unit? It looks really cool to me. I have NO connections to the company. I'm just an old dude in his garage. It is $375.

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Tire Changer Experiences? 27 Mar 2018 03:39 #780875

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I have a No-Mar for around the same price and it works well.
www.nomartirechanger.com/
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Tire Changer Experiences? 27 Mar 2018 07:25 #780884

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I use an old car rim with foam water pipe insulation zip tied around the edge. Cost like $5.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 27 Mar 2018 09:58 #780892

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Thank you both for your thoughts. I went to their website and it does look like they are similar cost products. The No-Mar needs to be anchored into the floor and would be a bit harder to store. Plus I'd lose the ability to come home and get the tire changer if I was stuck with a flat in the mountains. It certainly looks viable although there is a note about moving up to the C200 if you are going to be doing sport touring and sport bike tires. I have a 2006 ZG1000 and I service my brothers 2001 ZRX1200. Big tire on the rear of the Rex especially.

KidKawie, I'm old and have issues with arthritis in my paws. (hands) If I really crank on things with my hands I'm crippled for a couple days. My wife doesn't like undoing my zipper for me so I can whizz. 8-)
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Tire Changer Experiences? 27 Mar 2018 18:33 #780912

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The Rabaconda is exclusively for enduro /dirt bikes. I was banging around for possibilities and spent a fair amount of time on the No-Mar site. I'd pretty much settled on do that and buying the Cycle Hill model. It occurred to me that I should check out Craigslist so I signed on. It must have been my day. 2 weeks ago a guy had the CH-200 for sale because he was moving. Used it to change one set of tires, then got injured riding dirt and is giving it up. It is perfect and snagged it for $450. No shipping, no waiting, I'm really jazzed. I bounced online and and ordered a 3 pack of 14 inch spoons, a Tusk static balancer, wheel weights, a couple Motion Pro rim protectors. Now I'm good and dangerous. Tally ho. The link below for as long as he leaves it up. Has pics

Kidkawie, I should have let you know I admire your ingenuity. That is a pretty slick fix you made there.

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Tire Changer Experiences? 28 Mar 2018 03:46 #780921

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Nice catch, that should come with a lot of accessory's hopefully he has the YellowThing included and the ExtraHand is also good for keeping the old tire in the low while removing it.
I installed anchors in the floor so the stand can be moved in less then 5 mins .
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Tire Changer Experiences? 28 Mar 2018 09:21 #780934

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I bought a Yellow Thing from Amazon, should be here Friday. As I watched the videos, that looked like something that was more than just handy. I watched three videos from three different sources. Honestly, doesn't look like it could be any easier.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 28 Mar 2018 15:17 #780941

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Most of those vids deal with tubeless, that bar is no help with a tube tire.
using the Thing to hold one side of the tire in the low part of the rim and working your way around with a good set of spoons is key.
The ( Extra hand ) works well for removing the tire.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 30 Mar 2018 11:14 #781017

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I have a No-Mar changer as well.and found that it does great on tubeless tires. For KZs tube types:
I suppose my hands are too big. As I was trying to fit my tires and bead locks at the same time all I was accomplishing was scraping the bark off of the backs of my hands. So I slowed down and built at pair of bead spreaders. They worked great.



Now if I could invent a tool that made installing intake boots as easy as these bead spreaders make installing bead locks, I'd be a rich man.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 30 Mar 2018 16:06 #781029

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That's a great idea Bill
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Tire Changer Experiences? 31 Mar 2018 08:31 #781069

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Cool stuff KZQ. Props for the creative use of your overhead winch on the bike! B)

No-Mark mounted in the floor with female Redhead expansion anchors in the floor and bolts through the top. I also had to chase down about 5 missing fasteners. The balancer showed up late in the day. I hope to give it a whirl today and post some pics.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 31 Mar 2018 10:37 #781072

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Make sure to plumb and balance your balancer before using it
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Tire Changer Experiences? 31 Mar 2018 11:20 #781075

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Good call, grabbing some lunch before the event. I did use the bubble leveler on the Tusk unit, I should check it with my framing level. The inbound bike is late so I synced and color tuned the 82 GPZ750.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 31 Mar 2018 18:38 #781089

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The day didn't go as planned. (typical) I decided to mount the changer just on front of the bikes so I can park one on each side and not lose any room. Just back the bikes up and I'm in business.
Tire removal went as planned and just like the video. Install did too but I ran into trouble filling the tire. I had about a 9 inch section that wouldn't pop out of the center of the rim. Fussed with it for an hour. Took the pressure up to 65 lbs and just didn't want to fill it any more. The training videos say to lube the center of the wheel but I think they should say to lube the ridge between the center and the outside edge. Once I did that the beads popped into place while filling. I have no idea how I would have installed the new tire with a set of spoons. The ZRX tires are large. Ran out of time so I didn't balance it.

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Tire Changer Experiences? 01 Apr 2018 06:55 #781097

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Even with lube and a high pressure source, some modern sport bike tires can be VERY difficult to seat. I can't even imagine getting one on with spoons.
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Tire Changer Experiences? 02 Apr 2018 14:09 #781163

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There is always the starting spray and a lighter method to seat a bead .
Works great on construction equipment tires.
But probably not a great idea on the bike, especially indoors LOL
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Tire Changer Experiences? 02 Apr 2018 14:33 #781166

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My friend Jeff did that and blew the sidewall out of a radial he was trying to seat on his trailer tire. Glad I stood back. What a show. BOOM :woohoo:
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SWest wrote: My friend Jeff did that and blew the sidewall out of a radial he was trying to seat on his trailer tire. Glad I stood back. What a show. BOOM :woohoo:
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You are suppose to spray the minimum needed !!!!

Not the WHOLE BLOODY CAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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He used carb cleaner and it was a older tire. Wish I had a pic of the look on his face. :lol: He said "I've done this hundreds of times, first time for this." :woohoo: Yeah buddy,,,, sure. :whistle: A blast pig is the proper way to do it. I don't think I'd have the gonads to try it his way. :unsure:
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Tire Changer Experiences? 02 Apr 2018 18:38 #781179

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Yikes! Beware of blast. I do wear safety glasses when I fill them. Compressed air has a way flinging crap into the air. I pulled the rear wheel on the GPz today to change the sprockets and chain and mount the new tires.. Now I understand why I have slow rim leaks on occasion when I get new tires put on at the shop. The weasels don't clean the wheels. I'll grant you it is hard and unpleasant work to clean them up. I couldn't find anything that would cut it chemically. Red ScotchBrite was the answer and my paws are letting me know they don't like that crap anymore. B) If anyone has a better idea as to how to clean these I'd love to hear it.

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