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Old 12-31-2018, 01:57 AM   #1
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Harbor Freight Tire Changer + Motorcycle Attachment

Bought this to uninstall a couple tires from some car rims then bought the motorcycle attachment. I'd rather install tires on my tusk stand and i don't see myself using this anymore. It has some plastic pieces added to it to keep from scratching rims. It works ok. A little weathered, need to free up space in the backyard.

Have the manuals also, plus they are available online.

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Old 01-12-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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Curious if this system works. Is it worth buying new from HF?
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I've used one (it belonged to a friend). It worked ok.

The bead breaker setup is pretty bad.

The clamp doesn't clamp that well, I had to use a tiedown around a spoke.

I ended up picking up a Coats 200 from someone here for cheap, of course I haven't used it yet.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:14 PM   #8
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I never really used it to do a motorcycle tire, I just used it as a tire stand and use tire levers. They are pretty good if you modify them a bit, because it will scratch your wheel. I guess if it's a dirt bike wheel that gonna get beaten would be ok. But you can modify it with plastic bits or use a nomar bar. It can also do car wheels too, which is what I used it for.

For breaking beads I use the Motion Pro bead pro levers I also have the HF motorcycle bead breaker.

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Old 02-05-2019, 12:01 AM   #9
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I used one of these for a few years. With the requisite nylon mojo blocks and a mojo lever from Mitch. The lever it comes with never saw moto tires. I also put plastidip on the bead breaker to protect the rims. I mounted it on a piece of plywood that i could stand on.

It is totally doable and a cheap way to save some money changing tires. You will have to strap the wheel to keep it from spinning. Go slow and watch your technique and it will work just fine.

Its also crappy HF junk that you will HATE using and if you change more than one tire every couple of months you will absolutely be looking for something better pronto. Especially if you mount it to plywood like I did. Holy hell that sucked. I sold mine for $50 and bought a second hand no-mar with a hitch-mount attachment. NIGHT AND DAY. Life is good.
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I've never used one but I will give an update. It has to be a little better than on your knees on the concrete, and no bead breaker. Some of the YT videos make it look great and some not at all...

I will make a mojolever and add some plastic blocks to the rim locks. I'm going to tighten up all the looseness and fab an extra set of levers/guides for the breaker if that is needed.

I've heard numerous times that the newer model vertical post is too large for MC bearings. I made a new bar from 3/4" rebar stake.

I single point threaded it on my lathe and you'll note a scratch pass went the wrong way with 100 thou to spare before contacting chuck jaws. That is the second thread on that end and I'm sure someone here can explain the process and what happened.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:43 AM   #11
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I've never used one but I will give an update. It has to be a little better than on your knees on the concrete, and no bead breaker.
Orders of magnitude better!
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