Mounting and Balancing Tires

Discussion in 'Mechanical & Technical' started by Hozhead, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    Next week I'll be diving into the experience of changing my own tires.
    I got a flat on Friday and, after checking prices on tires at Cycle Gear (the best game in town) and a few online retailers, I found I can save $55 per rear tire if I order it and then mount it myself!!

    I've got a bead breaking press (hand powered, not machine powered) on order and I've already got some tire irons and rim savers. I may end up ordering longer tire irons but I'm pretty sure I can manage with what I've got.

    I'll post up pictures once I've done it.

    Tanman has done it and has sworn against doing it again but I'm thinking with the rim savers (plastic pieces that clip on the rim to protect it from being damaged by the tire iron) I won't be so upset about the ordeal.

    Wish me luck!
  2. Good luck...

    I have thought about it but...never really wanted to mess with tires.

    Check out Happy trails on chinden and 45th in garden city if you have a problem, they are good people even though the store is geared mostly toward adventure touring. They do carry a lot of good gear though.

    Fieldsheer and firstgear stuff and arai helmets :dblthumb:

  3. I work at a cycle shop so it is a five mintue job for me. Just make sure to protect the rotors. Put a bucket around them or something. The balancing part might be a problem. Might just have to take it to a shop.
  4. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    Actually, doing a static balance was the easiest part!!

    I put my the axle in my wheel and then set the axle on two stands tall enough to keep the tire from touching the ground. I let the wheel move by gravity to find the heavy spot. I marked the top (light spot) with tape. Then I rotated the wheel in 90* increments and let it settle to confirm the heavy spot. I taped weight to the light spot to find the proper amount and repeated the balance test. Once I had the right amount of weight, I affixed them using the double sided tape.
  5. How many oz. was your tire off? I know when I put on my old D208 on the front and rear, they were off by 1.25oz.each. The Pilot Powers that I just put on however only took 1/4 oz. on the rear tire and that was it. I have never done a static balance. I always figured there was to much friction to allow the wheel to rotate. Glad you got it figured out though.

    Tires pretty slick when you went out for the first time? After the install on my ride it was like riding a stick of butter.
  6. you ever try big twin to do your tire changing?
    price break down.
    pilot power 180/5 152.02
    wheel weights 2.00
    mount and balance rear 39.00
    tatal 194.02 with tax, 201.77
    plus you get there workmenship warrenty.

    I was in and out in 1 hour,, i own a honda so.
  7. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    My Pilot Power was off about 3/4 oz.

    The tires are pretty slick right away but I'm used to it so I just scrub them in carefully and move on to the fun.
  8. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    The Pilot Power I'm running right now cost me ~$135 shipped from Chaparral Motorsports. I spent $8.00 on wheel weights that will last me a few years.
    I mounted / balanced it myself.

    Total with tax ~$136

    The only tools I had to buy were a bead breaker and a couple tire irons. Two tire changes and those pay for themselves.

    I warranty my own work to myself. Big Twin may do a good job but I KNOW what I've done and am a big fan of doing things myself.

  9. I am only given out other ideas bro.. but hell if your good, may be I need to come to Hozhead quick tire change for my tire work now...

  10. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    No sweat. I wasn't trying to argue, I just wanted to share my reasoning behind doing it myself.

    Above all, I'm a believer in doing things myself and knowing exactly what was done. I've seen some shoddy work done at a professional shop (both autmotive and motorcycle related). Aside from work quality issues, its nice to do the work yourself and have a better understanding of how everything works so that you can better tell when something is wrong.