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Harbor Freight Tire Changer

Bought one from them for $59 on sale -- great little piece.

Just took the tires off the wagon wheels I'm repainting for the SAS conversion (5 on 5.5 wheels for the Dana 44) and I'm giving the tires to a buddy at work for his old F-150 which needs a pair BAD in the front. He's still running a pair of my old Cooper Discoverer S/T's in the back (the 31's I used to have). He says they're still great snow tires.

The biggest pain? Mounting the unit to the concrete floor. I hate drilling masonry, lol. It's almost unusable unless you fasten it down.

Made "rubber lubricant" (yes, I know...) from dish detergent and water and it worked great. Very easy to remove the tires with that.

Anyway, it was recommended to me by somebody on here, Zach or Andy or somebody, can't remember. It's a nice thing to have for sure.
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def a good way to save a good amount of money.......if only i had a place to put one.......
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too many bad expierences with their tools i dunno if id buy from them
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i have wanted one of those... didn't know they were that cheap... how is the quality?
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yeah how good is it really??
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linkage?

pics?


comeone man!
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i would have a hard time justifying it.

i have a place that will dismount, mount and balance a tire for under 10$ a tire, that is pretty cheap.
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but since i now run the beads in my tires, when i have my own garage, i too will have 1.....that way the tire join don't get too much tire lube in the tire...
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BTW: i think it is Zach Stone that has 1...
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Im pretty sure he does...If not its a balancer, im not 100% sure.
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he has a mounter i am pretty sure.....a balancer would cost a pretty penny.......

what is great, with the Dyna Beads, i dont need a balancer!
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Yes i was the one that told you about it, i think there great for steel wheels and wheels you dont care about brand new nice wheels heck no. you can mount tires with out hurting if you take your time i did my alcoa's and never hurt them but it took me a whole day....

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Im pretty sure he does...If not its a balancer, im not 100% sure.
i have both, i have an old style bubble balancer
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It's such a primitive chunk of steel, and so simple, quality is not such an issue.

And yes I think it would require more care to do really nice wheels with it. Zach talked about using rags and what not in between to accomplish that in another post somewhere.

It's just a nice thing to have for the price. I don't even know anywhere else you can get something like that.
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but u still need to get it balanced.. and i know that machine isnt cheap lol
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http://www.innovativebalancing.com

That's what I use: dyna-beads.
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That's what I use: dyna-beads.


no balancing required....
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I was looking at their tube bender. The thought I had was to weld it to a 2" reciever and slide it into my rear hitch to make it portable. All these tools will inevitably take all your valuable floor space if mounted to the floor. Not sure if that would be a stout enough mount or can be done with a tire changer because of height. I would have an adjustable, sliding tube that went down to the ground to support it also. Like 2 square tubes with holes. slide to ground and slip in a bolt to hold it.
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If you made it extend out enough so the tire didn't hit your tailgate it would work mostly. The problem is you lay the tire on the floor and the base to use the bead-breaker.
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i might just go get one
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ya plus it helps if you have enough room all around it to move.

drilled my floor of my garage with my hammer drill and sunk what are those slugs? those threaded peices of metal in there glued them in and my changer comes off the floor and can be put away when i dont need it
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Yes I used the slugs, but mine are just being held in by the clamping force and they seem to be fine. I can take the bolts out and move it if I need to, and I'll eventually have a workplace to put it other than in the basement, which is a PITA but necessary for now.
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ya its in my garage and yes using rags you dont care about because you will wreck them you can keep from hurting the wheels, but it isnt fool proof
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[dreams of teflon sleeves for the dismount rod...]
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i have already looked for them... no provail... if you find some john let me know...
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