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    Changing tires.

    Who changes their own tires -- as in pry them off and on? And if you pay to have it done what is the going rate where you are?

    I change my own and balance them too. The last time I paid for the service, including balancing, I paid $24 / wheel.
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    I change my own, and balance them too, always have.
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    was going to but could not get mine off so I paid 30.00 to have them done, I was in a hurry and did not have the proper tools at the time. I did not have mine balanced and haven't had a issue. Had mine up to 65 felt smooth so? should I balance mine? or do you only do it if there is a vibration.
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    $25 around here to change & balance a tire you bought somewhere else and you bring the wheel in (off the bike). One shop mounts and balances for free if you buy your tire there. I've done my own in the past on other bikes but not the TW's.

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    I do my own now, but when I had it done the cost was in the range other's here have mentioned. Problem I had was the shops wouldn't mount the 244 on my front rim. Secondly, I wanted (needed) to know how to take the tires on and off "just in case". After I found how easy it was, I now do all myself.

    66, probably don't need to worry about balance if you don't feel vibration.
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    you can use tire irons but you can also use tie down straps....do a youtube search for motorcycle tire changing. get the longest tire irons you can, leverage is the key there
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    I've always changed my own tires. On the ground holding the bead in the recess with my knees using 7 inch tire irons. If it's too hard to lever over with 7" tire irons, , I take smaller bites. Keeping the bead in the bottom of the recess helps considerably. Taking too large bites and using too much force can damage the thin TW rims and even the bead.
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    I like this video a lot.


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    Thanks for posting this rurlndum. I'll be rotating or switching directions on my Shinko 244 soon so this came at a handy time. I use 3 tire irons to remove and install the tire, but this fellow shows it can be easily done with 2 irons. I did learn a couple cool tricks/tips than I didn't know before.

    1st is using an old car/truck wheel rim as a workbase for motorcycle tires. I have an old one around which I'll use.

    2nd is when removing the second bead, slipping the tire partially on the other side and then dropping or slipping the motorcycle rim into the drop center. I always fight the tire at this point and his method works really well. I may have done this by accident in the past, but now I'll actually be trying to do it.

    Thanks again for posting.

    P.S. He has a nice looking kitty!
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    This has been on the forum before. Scroll down for video

    The Best How to Change a Motorcycle Tire Video
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