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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-18-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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Sup peeps! I am going to need to change my tires soon and as I have stated before I hate other people working on my bike. I had the intention of buying the Harbor Freight motorcycle adapter so I picked up a set of Mojo Blocks from this guy: http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoblocks.htm

Here is a pic of the HF unit with the Mojo Blocks installed. You can see the HF unit only has metal teeth to hold the wheel which would serious F up any aluminum wheel. (not my pic)



I went to HF and they were sold out. After looking at the display unit for a few minutes I figured I could make one myself. I took a camera phone pic of it and headed to the metal surplus shop. $40 worth of metal and bolts:




Arms fished mouthed and tacked on. Checking for straightness:



Cut out 3 sliders:



Fast forward a few steps and build the base:






I added some support pieces to the bottom of the stand after pictures were taken. Not sure if they will do much but it looks more substantial.

I think the max it can handle is a 22" wheel. My buddy has a Vulcan 900 and I wanted to make sure it would fit his 21" wheel. I added a threaded rod to one of the sliders to clamp the wheel down. Holds it really tight. I need to added a rod to go down the center of the wheel to get some leverage on the tire lever. I will add some pics and update when I use it the 1st time and let you know how it goes. Total cost of everything so far is $70 with the nylon Mojo Blocks. Harbor Freight wants $120 with the stand.

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hope this dont rain on ur parade but here is also another diy tire changer for those who cant weld
http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-19-2009, 12:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: Homemade Tire Changing Stand

Naw, it's all good. I wanted a legit tire changer I could bolt to the floor and have room to work around.

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damn man I paid 300 bucks for my cyclehill tire changer. There should be a DIY moto lift with hydraulic capabilities.

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I do not regret buying my No-Mar Tire Changer...that thing paid for itself doing tires for friends inside of 6 months...plus, having three bike of my own it's priceless!

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yea o hear yea 45 bucks to change a tire here, thats the cheapest around and thats with wheel only, no bike, with bike its 65 fucking outragous, i had to sell my kidney last week to get my tire changed

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yea o hear yea 45 bucks to change a tire here, thats the cheapest around and thats with wheel only, no bike, with bike its 65 fucking outragous, i had to sell my kidney last week to get my tire changed
That sucks. You should try hitting up some bike mechanics directly, instead of through the front door.

There's a very high-end bike dealer near my house where I take my bike wheels, but I don't go to the service entrance - I go through the alley to the back of the service dept. The first time, I just stuck my head in and asked - "Do you guys mount tires?"

Full mount and balance for $20 USD per wheel. Cash into the mechanics pocket. I trust their work, because all the bikes there are more expensive than mine.
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Up here that would get a mechanic fired...

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I paid $86.58 for both the tire changer base and the motorcycle attachment from Harbor Freight, just had to wait for the $39.99/ea sale. Kudos for making your own though!

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Hats off to you! Great job fabricating the tire changer.

I envy your abilities but do not weld ... I have therefore purchased a HF tire changer and modified it for my needs.
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