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Motorcycle Tire Change w/ Harbor Freight Tools

Using the Harbor Freight Motorcycle Tire Changer

Tell me are we to go over how to use the harbor freight tire changer start off first with what you’re going to need obviously it’s a harbor freight tire changer your rim and tire off of your bike this is the amount see mount tool that comes with the harbor freight tire changer you can also use the number one or any other mouthy mount bar you the tire iron i like

This tire irons it has this nice hook on the end for grabbing the inside also it’s not sharp so you’re not going to damage the b but you can use a standard tire iron like this as well you need a lubricant i like basically a generic pledge but you can use soapy water simple green windex anything along those lines you need a valve for stem remover these are super

Cheap two dollars at the most and of course you’ll need an air compressor and a tire gauge it’s not needed but i highly recommend it this is called the yellow thing it’s from nomar like 25 bucks it makes this job calm music alright so the first thing is to remove the valve core step so at the valve take the cap off put this slotted end of the valve course tool

Inside there you’ll feel it hook up and then you simply unscrew it once you get to a certain point it will release pull the valve force them out look like this don’t lose it you’ll need it again and the air comes back at this point the next thing to do is break the beat for that we use this bead breaker down here now you’ll notice i’ve made this metal flat so i

Would come out of it here that’s so that when the rope pressure the front wheel rotor people look in here and we’ll contact anything so it’s less likely to warmer rotor you set the rim right up on here and then the pleat breaker piece needs to come right just inside the tire the mouth gmaps bar goes in this tube to give you a little extra leverage and then just

Push down there if you break to be one step where it’s broken you can push down everywhere once you got that side broken you just flip the tire over do the exact same thing on this one right get want that part broken you just push down on the outside and you all come back now we got to clamp the rim sit down here so you can see the clamp the clamp goes in between

Tire in the rim you don’t want to make sure you don’t get the tire itself but you got to get make sure you’re on the outside of the rim they’re all set and you clamp it down put the screw back here you want it pretty tight because otherwise your rim can flip and that will scratch it so you want it pretty darn tight okay now for removing the tire take a little bit

Of your lubricant you only just spray all the way around just about this first little core here starting right at the arm you take your tire iron and you’re going to hook the edge and as you pull it up you put in your mountaintop are oh we got to drop this keeper right through the middle of where the axle goes okay so as you pull up the tire on your corporate mount

There’s a d mount tool and then using this as a pivot you simply slide it off it’s a little tight you havin trouble getting it started you push down on the other parts of the tire it will give it a little extra slack still pull along once you have the top beat off to get the bottom beat again starting right here at the arm you lift up and then you’re going to come

Here and then hook it so now the tire iron is underneath the tire going up with your arm you’re going back down again give it around and now the tire is on give it post and it comes off now to put it back on first thing you need to check is the orientation of the tire every tire has an arrow i think most of you are familiar with that saying which direction they

Go some manufacturers of tires also have a light point mark it’ll be usually a big yellow dot on the forellis it’s two red dots that marks the lightest point of the tire you should align that with the valve stem this tire doesn’t have that mark so we want to learn good lubricant we’re going to spray all the way around let’s need a whole lot just a little bit and

Then your two come at an angle like this and just push it off push on pretty easy now we’ve got marking the bar again and here is where this thing comes right at about 90 degrees from the arm we’re going to put him in if you don’t have one of those you can do it with a tire iron but it helps to have a second person holding that tire iron now with the other end of

The malady mount tool the one that has a little hook we’re going to start back at the arm again you can get it going with your hand and then hook it on the rim like that now forgot to put a lubricant here’s the lubricant very important that’s going to get a little hard and then also if you put a little bit on your hand and get on the underside of the beef in that

Area there that helps a lot so again at the arm click on the rim and then if you have a tire iron you just you’re just going to pivot but with this guy you can actually push fit him almost all the way around again if it gets tight you just push down on the part you’re not using and that will give you a little bit once it’s tight can’t really fly that over anymore

Then we go about using the tool simply pivot around and pops off and then this take the tire out of the clamp now we put that valcour step back in again with the same tool we used before different a just lines up right like that we’re going to put the valve core stem back in the valve screws right in there so let’s light doesn’t need to be over tight what’s

This nice and snug that’s enough then we take our compressor we need to pop the bead on there i like to use this kind of end for pumping the beads because it lets the air get into the tire quicker because you’re going to have a narrow leaf right now see right here where there’s a gap there so air is going to be coming out so if you have one like this this is very

Restrictive so the amount of air you’re putting into the tire can sometimes be slower than the amount of air that’s leaking and you’ll never be able to pop the bean so with a nice fat one like this we attach it and then we’re going to fill it up with air until we hear both the beads pop when you both sides to pop one just so they both pop now now at this point you

Can switch to the air gauge tool hook it up and set it to whatever air pressure you want put the plastic valve cap back on are you matter on your bike and you’re good to go all right now we’re going to cover bouncing where’s my desire again you think you have a freight motorcycle balancer it is identical to the no more one i’ve used it on long before the exact

Same principle forces at the same way and i need your freshly mounted the rubber on your rim you’re going to want to make sure you have your spacers in if possible do you have them available this is a spare room for me if i don’t have the barracks pagers they’re on the bike so they want it but it’s much better if you have the spaces and you get a tighter seal on

These cones the way it works is this rod here with the cone on each side slides through the axle see the cone gets tight there and then you slide the other cone on get it nice and tight and then using your hex tool you just tighten a little set nut and it clamps it on there the balancer itself it has these nice bearing rollers put it up on there and just let us

Do it see where it wants to rest as you can see moving down i need to see where it says you know once to settle my data i already have some weight on this bike on this rim so it’s not currently balanced as you can see as i move it around it keeps whining to go back to that low point it doesn’t want to hold still the first thing i’m going to do is remove the old

Weight if you don’t want to keep adding weight so will be raise your cape off and here are the old weight now you’ll need small plaited small flat-head screwdriver and you can just pop them off just go ahead pop them all off you cannot reuse these quantities it won’t work anymore and now once again you wait and see where it’s going to settle once it’s settled you

Need to put the weight on the hot the top part of the rim obviously this is the heavy part which is why it’s fun to the bottom so we need to add weight to the exact opposite sides to bounce that out these are self-adhesive lead weights not the clip on style that a car uses these are available at harbor freight you can buy them online they’re pretty cheap they come

A couple different sizes really i don’t think it matters so you got to make sure the room is nice and clean this is like i said this is a spare room so it already is clean but if your room is dirty these won’t won’t stick so you’ll need to clean it first and then we’ll go ahead and right at the top you’ll stick to wait tom for now and then again we’re going to test

It by moving it and seeing if it stays as you can see it is not the same just in a couple different spots that’s not enough weight so we’ll go ahead add one more now you can see much slower and responding to wanting to go back though but it is still wanting to go back to that same role point so we’ll go ahead add one more and now you can see it doesn’t want to

Move anymore i can put it in a couple different spots no matter where i put it it stays once you’ve got that you need to check it at all different points don’t just don’t check this just at one point check it all the way around one seven so that it doesn’t move or moves just a tiny little bit very slowly that’s good enough make sure those are nice and stuck down

And i recommend putting a layer of duct tape over some racers use a highly visible like neon yellow neon orange that way they can double check easily that they you have to tape in the weight on there i don’t like the way that looks so i use black duct tape blends in nicely with the rent take a nice strip of duct tape right over the weights just you don’t want these

Flying off when you’re going triple digit speeds and that’s all it takes to get it back off did we lift it off take your next tool again release that set nut slide the cone out and now the tire is balanced and ready to go

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Motorcycle Tire Change w/ Harbor Freight Tools By Peter Brown-Whale