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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=42927

a review

http://www.4strokes.com/reviews/harborfreight/mctirechanger/

Crap? $60 for the "tire changer" (basically, the base), and $50 for the MC tire attachment. pretty damn cheap!

I didn't see anything about it having nylon covers to prevent gouging/scratching. however, this one down here, did:

http://www.wikco.com/MC110.html

$400....

http://www.nomartirechanger.com/?gclid=CL6i1KPIj4YCFRl1UAodLDg47A

$500-800, but claims you have an infinite amount of tire changing, and no-marring gaurentee.

I Can buy a Harbor Freight Changer for $120 for Motorcycle Wheels. Why does yours cost so much?

Well, Lets compare apples to Oranges. HF- Made in China? No-Mar Made in USA, HF Twists and shouts. No-Mar "A Precision Tool Made to last" HF Metal jaws dig into wheel. God forbid the wheel slips in the clamp then you have to use their Mount Demount bar to further abuse the other side of the wheel. You can't wipe off those scratches. No-Mar- Patented Non Marring clamping system with M/D Bar and Non marring Beadbreaker assure you of long lasting perfection in looks of your wheels, AND you have a warrantee and parts replacement option.
Balancing...fuck all those peoples $$ balancing kits. This guy has portable ones for $155 for my bike($105 for every other bike...go figure...). The cones alone are usually over $155.....

http://www.marcparnes.com/MV_Augusta_Motorcycle_Wheel_Balancer.htm

Bead Breaker...I've read from numerous places that do it this way:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/bead-breaker/motorcycle-tire-bead-breaker.htm
http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/beadbreaker.html

Ghetto, but damn...if it works.....

What do all you trackday guys use? Is it really necessary to drop all this cash just so you can change and balance your wheels yourself? I know it pays for itself if you do alot of trackdays, or do high mileage (me)...but damn...this much?

*edit* Added the MV wheel balancer link
 

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Hmm If I had room for the nomar system I would have gotten it.. very nice It would actually pay for itself in the 1st year of owning with how many tire changes I need to go through haha

the bead breaker is killing me LOL :laughing:

btw nice post thanks for the info
 

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JamesC said:
I've also heard nomar are the current standard. Good to hear your review for MV rims holds true as well.
Myself as well as my family own a ton of bikes (20+ in all). With the amount of tires we go through in a year (not counting track days), purchasing our own tire changing equipment was a financial no brainer.

The other plus was that I don't have to worry about scuffing up rims like most shops will do as OICDN found out.
 

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One of my friends has the Marc Parnes balancer. It's a very nice piece of machinery, and works quite well. After you've done a couple of jobs, it only takes a few minutes to balance a wheel & tire. I would recommend it as long as you have some means of supporting the tool on the ends. I'm thinking of ordering the MV uint now that I have an F4. It will work with most other bikes as well.
 

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Myself as well as my family own a ton of bikes (20+ in all). With the amount of tires we go through in a year (not counting track days), purchasing our own tire changing equipment was a financial no brainer.

The other plus was that I don't have to worry about scuffing up rims like most shops will do as OICDN found out.
Thanks for the recommendation Adam. After looking at various mounting machines, I ordered the Nomar last night. Watching the videos on their web made it look fairly easy to use. I'm getting tired of struggling with 3 tire irons, and only 2 hands.
 
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