We drove all this way for a DEAD END ! My son!!!
02 Silver RT1150 My 1st BMW Bike
+1 on the Marc Parnes balancer
I also have the HF changer with mo-jo blocks and a big +1 on that combo too!
I had a mo-jo bar but have now gone to the nomar bar. No comparison, the nomar bar wins hands down.
For me, the trick to getting the bead to set is to remove the valve stem. Once the bead is set, you can put the valve stem in and re-inflate. You need air volume more than air pressure!
here's that site for the tape weights, as promised. when i purchased mine, they were a clear winner. have not looked since, so things may have changed.
Ride Safe, Ride Lots
I do not use a changer. I've a wheel stand because I got tired of working on my knees with the wheel resting on some 2x4s. The stand has a bead breaker attachment. Before I got that attachment I used everything from a 2x4 lever, to the bike's side stand, to tire irons, to a hand bead breaker tool, etc., to break the bead. That was the hardest part of the job. The only other tools I use are some tire irons and a valve core tool.
"If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.
The flammable aerosol and a thrown match works but I use it in an emergency only such as when I lose a bead on one of these type of tires- and I'm away from the shop.
Its real dangerous and really doesn't do a tire any good due to the over-pressure (that can't be calculated).
The new hot-setup is the Cheetah- this is the new and lower prices 2 gallon unit (around $200.00)
Tires are a lot of work. OM
"Well they say.. time loves a hero but only time will tell.. If he's real, he's a legend from heaven If he ain't he was sent here from hell" Lowell George
2009 F800GS 1994 TW200
What motomike said, and I do change my own car tires too.
Bottom line of why, changed 25 sets on my Replika in the last 9 years, plus quite a few sets on the wife's bike, son's bikes and track bike. All with tire irons.
And yes you can seat new tires with a 12 v compressor. Did it with my little slime compressor, after changing a set of tires in the hotel parking lot during the Johnson city BMWOA rally. The new set I showed up with, only lasted 3 days and 1100 miles of the twisty NC/TN roads.