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#1 alec OFFLINE  

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Posted June 22, 2015 - 10:10 PM

picked up a mini tire changer from harbor freight . so my questions are ... how do you repair tires ? and where do you get tubes ?  and any comments on changer , tips, suggestions . snarky comments ..anything you want :wave:


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Posted June 22, 2015 - 10:23 PM

I have the large changer and love it. I have only changed four tires, however.

Good luck with it!
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Posted June 22, 2015 - 10:37 PM

If you bought the mini tire changer I have a suggestion. I mounted mine to a piece of 2"x2"x1/4" wall box tubing around 4 foot long to allow it to be mounted into the truck hitch. Now this gives you three benefits.
1) sturdy anchor point that can be used anywhere.
2) a workbench (tailgate) that goes wherever the base goes.
3) sits the changer up a little higher for more comfortable working height.

I will try to photograph my setup this weekend.
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Posted June 22, 2015 - 11:05 PM

I have the larger version. I really like the cheap tire irons HF sells. I have 2. Plenty long enough for leverage.

 

On smaller GT type tires, Tubes are cheaper than tires and will allow several more years of use from a tire. The tires maybe weather cracked and leaking from several places, but otherwise fine for workers. I find the best and easiest method is just to put in a tube, available at many locations; Family Farm and Home, TSC, Lowe's (expensive), etc. Best selection is always in the spring and usually on sale.

 

Break down one side, reach in and run your hand around the inside. Be careful, anything sharp in there may cut you. The last one I did had many sharp pieces of briars? or who knows what it was; It was like they had ran over a wire brush many times. Remove anything that will puncture your new tube. Insert tube and air up. Nice thing is if you run over a nail, pull tube and patch with a bicycle patch kit.


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Posted June 22, 2015 - 11:23 PM

I bought my HF mini tire changer years ago and have used it abunch. I mounted the base to the end of a workbench so that the threaded rod runs out horizontal. I find the horizontal setup is easy in most cases and less messy if Slime has been used. Yes, I use Slime and have had good success with it.  When taking a tire off or putting it on, I use spray silicone lube to make it easier.  Other tips: clean the beads of the tire and the wheel; when inflating a problem tire remove the valve core; when installing a tube inflating it partly will hold it in the tire; practice on some junk tires and wheels; have a supply of valve stems, tire plugs,and tube patches; and take your time. With practise it gets easy. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 04:16 AM

I bought one a few years ago, beats fighting with those little buggers !


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 04:17 AM

I have the larger version. I really like the cheap tire irons HF sells. I have 2. Plenty long enough for leverage.

 

On smaller GT type tires, Tubes are cheaper than tires and will allow several more years of use from a tire. The tires maybe weather cracked and leaking from several places, but otherwise fine for workers. I find the best and easiest method is just to put in a tube, available at many locations; Family Farm and Home, TSC, Lowe's (expensive), etc. Best selection is always in the spring and usually on sale.

 

Break down one side, reach in and run your hand around the inside. Be careful, anything sharp in there may cut you. The last one I did had many sharp pieces of briars? or who knows what it was; It was like they had ran over a wire brush many times. Remove anything that will puncture your new tube. Insert tube and air up. Nice thing is if you run over a nail, pull tube and patch with a bicycle patch kit.

I have one of the HF mini tire changers and it does work, but I recommend getting a tire iron to go with the tire changer. Also gasket sealer :D  helps with Leakey  tire beads

Stan


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 04:37 AM

I have the larger version and built my small one.


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 05:32 AM

The fight isn't really that bad if you get the right tool & let leverage do your fighting for you..  I've changed many a tire and this is my tool of choice along with a few tire spoons:

 

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Posted June 23, 2015 - 06:36 AM

The better mechanic has the bigger hammer.


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 07:07 AM

I got the bigger one from TSc on sale last year.
We've used it quite a few times. I have a plan for mounting it down, but haven't gotten there yet. Little awkward until then.

Good tire changing bars are a must for me, even tho this rig has the mount on top for use with the long bar, I still find a good set of spoons to be the best tool.

Other things you may want to find...
GOOD valve stem tool.
Don't know what it's called, but that short cable with the T on the end to pull the tube's stem thru and keep it from disappearing until you get ahold of it and ready to put in air.
Spray bottle with Dawn soap and water (lube for the bead and rim, also bubble check)
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Posted June 23, 2015 - 07:30 AM

I bought the HF mini changer years ago and used it a few times , hope to lean some tips from this thread


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 07:36 AM

Here's the bead sealer I have. Bought this several years ago and have lots left!

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Posted June 23, 2015 - 07:37 AM

I bought a mini changer a couple months ago, but never mounted or used it yet.  But my neighbor was having trouble mounting a tire after putting in a tube in one of his hay tedder wheels.  Josh brought him down & unpacked the new changer & we just chucked the base in the vise and it made quick work of it.  When I do get around to mounting it, I'm gonna add a pedestal under it & bolt it to the floor.


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 08:16 AM

I also clamp mine in a vice but it would be a good candidate for mounting on a receiver hitch.


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