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Advice on tire levers.

I would like to get some new tire levers. The ones I currently own are too short and they bend. I scratched my rims last time I changed tires.
I'd like too know what I should be looking for in a good lever.
I'm thinking around 20" would be a good length? Longer?
Now what it's made out off. I've read descriptions like drop forged, chrome vanadium, hardened and tempered steel.
What should I be looking for?
I don't care if they rust or tarnish, I can deal with that. I don't want them to bend.
These any good?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/163299740104
I'll get some rim protectors as well.

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IDK what you have now, but those look like common ones. You might want to look at the coated one.

https://www.motorsportsuperstore.com...CABEgLGWvD_BwE

I saw one where it has a nylon cover over the tip.

The price for that one you linked to is nearly the cost of the whole tire changer from HF.

https://www.harborfreight.com/manual...ger-69686.html



> grind the ends a little bit to compensate for the plastic application, and drill a hole on the one end of the bar and placed a bearing to help slide better(like the mojo bar), Plastic has to be retouched to keep it covered or regular uses but it worked very good, thank you for the tip!!


Basically you can melt and form a nylon cover and you can add a bearing as described in the comments, or you can buy one that has the nylon end.

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These any good?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/163299740104
I'll get some rim protectors as well.
I've had success with a design like that in the past.

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Thanks for the advice Karl but me thinks I'll stick to levers.
Thanks Kiwi.
I reckon I'll get the pair I had posted a link to. They are made of forged, hardened steel. Good reviews.
I'll also get a third one, possibly a spoon type.

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Yes, I've got some old ones around from my Dad's collection of vintage car parts - some have a broadened head on them, and I find them useful at times. Have you heard of putting French chalk [= unscented talc] around the inside of the tyre to make life a bit less sweary?
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I've borrowed old ones from mates and a workshop and they never bent. I'm putting on new rubber a couple of times a year now so I figured I will buy some half decent levers. They'll work and see me out. I'll probably keep an eye open for some old ones at garage sales, estate auctions etc. Don't mind if they are a little rusty. As long as they work.
Never tried talc powder. But I will. I've always used a little detergent spray. I can remember bike tubes being covered in white powder when I was a kid.

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I've been using some Motion Pro tire spoons for my motorcycle tires for years. A couple of 11" spoons and a 16" curved tire spoon. I also made some rims savers from the sides of plastic juice jugs. Works well if you take your time. I also just picked up a pair of Motion Pro bead breaker levers and am very happy with how well they break beads.
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Try zip ties.... They really work

https://youtu.be/4-PD48uGl4o

I bought a hundred 24" ties from harbor freight cheap.
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These turned up today. Pair of levers and a pair of spoons, 400mm.
I'll give em a go.
Firedave, I was looking at the Motion Pro levers. I especially liked the bead breaker thingy. Saw an online video of them being used. I'm using a Maryland Mike ghetto bead breaker.
Peeper, I've ordered some cable ties since I'd like to try that method. Thanks for the video link. Don't know if the ties will turn up before the thread shows on my rear tire. It's close.
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Got my new tire on today. Quite easy with the new levers. Both the flat lever type and the spoon type were useful.
Definitely helped that I did this in the middle of summer. I sat both the old and the new in the hot sun for an hour or so. Both slipped off and on easy.
I used a ghetto bead breaker, easy.
Found one leak on the rim. Broke the bead there and found a little nick in the inside of the rim, from a lever. Smoothed it out and all is good.
Only a few small marks on the rim paint which I touched up with a permanent marker. I'll try and buy some sort of rim paint touch up pen.
Took about 2 hrs and two beers, from wheel off to on again.
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