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Old 11-14-2002, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever use a portable tire changer?

I'm thinking this could come in handy if it works well and isn't too cumbersome...Harbor Freight has it for $34.99, free shipping...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=34542

Anyone ever see/use one of these? It'd pay for itself real quick if it worked well...
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Old 11-14-2002, 05:43 PM   #2
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looks like a very affordable way to destroy a not so affordable rim
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Old 11-14-2002, 06:20 PM   #3
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In Slalom's defense, I'd rather do it myself than entrust expensive rims to a quick tire change place. (Walked into one of those shops once and they were throwing rims and tires around like frisbees)
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Old 11-14-2002, 06:38 PM   #4
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Id bet all my limbs it wont change a Z rated tire.
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Old 11-14-2002, 06:58 PM   #5
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It's also a very affordable way to get yourself in a hospital. And you might just lose all your limbs if you change Z-rated tires with stiff sidewalls.

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Old 11-14-2002, 07:06 PM   #6
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I used to change tires with my Dad when I was wee using just tire irons. I can assure you that it's just a matter of time before you badly scratch a rim.

Not worth the headache IMO.
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Old 11-14-2002, 09:34 PM   #7
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Re; shown "tire changer."
This particular changer is just something that holds the tire/rim while YOU pry the bajeezus out of the beed and try and get the tire edge over the rim. It will have to be bolted down to something very sturdy about bellybutton high so you have the maximum mechanical advantage. These do work nice for tires with tall sidewalls. Requires alot of muscle and/or a helper. I wouldn't use it on my purdy rims. My $.o2 for free.
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Old 11-14-2002, 11:14 PM   #8
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My guess is that this unit is to tire machines as the Subaru scissor jack is to floor jacks. I would also venture a guess that it is designed for small stuff like trailer tires (boat and utility, not semi) and light duty tires where hauling or construction companies would want to do their own repairs.

The only wheel I'd trust on this thing is one I've already destroyed:





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Old 11-14-2002, 11:33 PM   #9
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I guess DIY isn't always the better option <-- newbie has no idea when this smilie is appropriate
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Old 11-15-2002, 12:00 AM   #10
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Also - dont forget that changing a tyre is only half the battle... You would then want to balance it, so as to avoid high speed "shimmies" and other nasty stuff resulting from a slightly imbalanced tyre.

I do think that fourty bucks for a manual tyre changer is certainly a very good price - and its a LOT easier to change a tyre with one of those, then with a crow bar, two not quite big enough screw drivers and a hammer... Although personlly I agree with the others... It is really best that you leave this to the local tyre store, even if they are a bunch of monkies.
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Old 11-15-2002, 10:31 AM   #11
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Thanks for the input! I've never changed a tire, so I had no idea how well it worked...thanks for saving me $35!
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