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anyone use the Harbor Freight Motorcycle Tire Changer?? is there any benefit from using this? how does it make it easier? I tried changing the rear tire on my DR650 a while back, with rimlock and a heavy duty tube. I worked at it for hours and finally gave up and got the shop to put it on, I'd like to be able to easily change them myself, because I go thru the rear so quick.. And is the tool holder worth the $17 bucks extra?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=34542

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

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=36986

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I have had one for a couple of years. Holds the tire well, but the bar for mounting the tire does not work real well on motorcycle tires, seems to be to thick on the ends. I think that a little grinding would help alot. I place the wheel in the stand and use two large tire irons. One day I will get around to modifying the bar.

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A friend of mine said one side of the rim is thiner then the other?? is this true? would the tire go on easier coming from one side or the other?

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just returned the one my wife bought me today. it is a pos. it may work for street bike tires but my excel rims would not clamp down. they might have if I took off the sprocket or disc. do a search for the vid that kevin windhams mechanic did on tire changes he has some great pointers to make it easier. anyway don't buy the harbor freight one there are some others in the same price range that may work but that one is crap. I even read the instructions which is something I don't believe in but the aluminum rims are just too soft for the way they make it look like it should work. if all you use it for is a tire holder than don't buy the base which is the big tire changer, you could make a stand for pennies.

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I have one, use it to change car tires and to break the bead on motorcycle tires. I use a 5 gallon bucket as a tire stand for motorcycle tires.

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I use mine alot. I ride with a bunch of friends and since I have the tools I end up changing thier tires too. I just used it tonight to change my back tube. It works really well for me. I use it for ATV tires too.

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