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post #1 of 9 Old 08-08-2008, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Tire Irons?

Well this season has been more in the dirt than on the street. It has come to the time that I need to mount up a new set of skins. I plan to do the exchange myself and am looking for advice on the purchase of tire irons.

With the wealth of knowledge here on all things two wheeled I hope somebody can lend some advice.

What is the best length iron to use?
What is the best number of irons to have on hand?
Is a Bead Buddy enough of a time saver, advantage to justify the cost?

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Not a direct comparison buy in my case I found short 6" spoons to be more convenient bacause they are easier to work with. The exception to this would be if they don't provide you enough leverage... the only reason to go larger.

I had 3 available and used 2.

IMHO mounting/holding the rim is one of the most critical aspects when it comes to keeping the cursing to a minimum. Everything becomes much easier if the rim is clamped and in a convenient working postition.

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Thanks for the heads up in the rim holding area. I found an extra axle to mount in a plate that I can in turn mount in a vice. I think it should hold it pretty steady.

I picked up a set of three 11" spoons. Should reduce the effort some.
Thank you for the input.

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If you have a little cash ($200) you can pick up one helluva tire changer at Harbor Freight. The changer and motorcycle wheel adapter will run you $100. Then go to the no-mar changer site and buy their bar w/ delrin ends so as not to gouge your wheels. The HF tire changer even has a bead breaker.

FWIW, I have two spoon style irons and one has a built in 27mm wrench for my rear axle. I also have the bead buddies in my tool kit, but I've never used 'em.

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If you have a little cash ($200) you can pick up one helluva tire changer at Harbor Freight. The changer and motorcycle wheel adapter will run you $100. Then go to the no-mar changer site and buy their bar w/ delrin ends so as not to gouge your wheels. The HF tire changer even has a bead breaker.
I have that exact setup at home. I even fabricated plastic clamps for the MC tire attachment to prevent maring of the rim.

The no-mar bar didn't do as well as expected (based upon the movies and demo I had seen) but the entire setup has paid for itself in one season with 4 tire changes.

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If you have a little cash ($200) you can pick up one helluva tire changer at Harbor Freight. The changer and motorcycle wheel adapter will run you $100. Then go to the no-mar changer site and buy their bar w/ delrin ends so as not to gouge your wheels. The HF tire changer even has a bead breaker.

FWIW, I have two spoon style irons and one has a built in 27mm wrench for my rear axle. I also have the bead buddies in my tool kit, but I've never used 'em.
I would like to invest in a setup like this but for all practicality purposes it is a little much. I am leaning toward something I can keep in the truck in case the need arises. If and when my demand for more frequent tire changes comes I will look into this. Thank you.

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It's a time vs. money vs. patience vs. bloody knuckles vs. satisfaction thing.

Here's to finding your own happy medium

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I have used 11" tires irons and they worked great. A lil tip that helped me from scratching up my rims: Buy some of the plasti-dip stuff and put a couple of coats on the ends of the tire irons. Works great.

For a working surface I built a 19" square box out of 2X4's.

I used 3 tire irons when doing mine. Especially when putting the new tire on, getting that second bead over the rim.

Good luck!

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i use to use 2 12 inch spoons on my biys dirtbike.....spent the money and got a No-Mar jr pro...had it 3 years noe and many tires later still holding up....me and a few buddies went in on it and everyone uses it....local dealer wanted $50 a tire....

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