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    changing my own tires 2010 R1200RT

    I would like to start changing my own tires on my 2010 r1200rt. Is there anyconcerns or worries about the tire pressure sensor in the wheels? I don't want to damage them. Is the Harbour Freight portable tire changer ok?

    Thanks Ron

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    American Mutt hexkopf's Avatar
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    I can't speak to the pressure sensor, but I used to own a HF tire changer and it was a POS. You get what you get for 100 bucks I would say. I know of some people that have used them and they got the job done, but I didn't like it.

    I am going to use the method the guy in the video below used, and balance the with Dynabeads. I have used them in the past and they worked perfectly.

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anyY0...e_gdata_player

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    I have a Harbor Freight changer and it gets the job done. If you want something better, look at Nomar. I have the Nomar bar, tire lube, and other tools and they are first rate. I use the Marc Parnes static balancer. Works very well.

    If you get a Nomar with all the tools, you will have a lot of new friends!
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    I used dyna beads on my Michelin Pilot 3 front tire after realizing my wheel weights fell off. The tire has not shown any irregular wear in 6000 miles of riding. Also, as long as you ride smooth, the beads work great. They say they don't work good for racing.

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    I don't know what your abilities/skill level are, but I use tire irons to change the tires on my R1150 GS Adventure that has anodized rims...and we all know how easy it is to scratch those....which is why I change my own tires.

    I use 2"x 5" strips of plastic cut out from windshield bottle (or similar) material. Those strips get placed between the tire iron and rim.

    I haven't marked a rim...ever.

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    There is plenty of clearance to work around the TPMS inside the wheels, provided you know where it is and work around it so as to not to try to put the tire bead and TPMS in the same place at the same time. It is all technique.
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    changing my own tires

    thanks to everyone for the help. I'll just find where the sensor is and be careful.

    Ron

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    Look up the Scudman tire changing videos on YouTube -- hands down, the best I've seen.
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    changing my own tires

    ok I will, Thanks

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    Modified HF Changer:)

    I am a welder and took the HF Tools Tire machine and made it work better! Cheap is right, as the HF Tire changer is indeed not the end all as it comes. BUT, with some talent, one still gets a great alternative to shop rates for tires on/off and a stiffened/welded HF tire changer works quite well, bolted to floor too. Use your imagination. I saved a LOT and still do my own, about 20+ tires now on the HF Tool. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I am a welder and took the HF Tools Tire machine and made it work better! Cheap is right, as the HF Tire changer is indeed not the end all as it comes. BUT, with some talent, one still gets a great alternative to shop rates for tires on/off and a stiffened/welded HF tire changer works quite well, bolted to floor too. Use your imagination. I saved a LOT and still do my own, about 20+ tires now on the HF Tool. Randy
    I've been using the top of a large trash can with lid as a working surface. Much easier with a helper. A buddy has the HF changer and like you, did some welding on it to make it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsnort View Post
    I would like to start changing my own tires on my 2010 r1200rt. Is there anyconcerns or worries about the tire pressure sensor in the wheels? I don't want to damage them. Is the Harbour Freight portable tire changer ok?

    Thanks Ron
    Not sure where your located Ron but if near central IL I have lift and nomar.

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    Changing tires

    Thanks, central fl

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    Well I tried!

    Tpm wheels aren't bad but "plan" you work such that the toms are in the area where the beads aren't under stress. On my nomar I keep them near my right knee and I start the tool near my left knee working counterclockwise

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    Great video from Adventure Rider Magazine.

    Changing out a rear tire on a R1200GS.

    Never knew the center stand/skid plate has a built in bead breaking tool.

    enjoy:
    http://youtu.be/V0nrZadIQxA

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