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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 5:19 pm Thread Starter
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I changed my own tires today

I decided to buy the equipment to change my own KS tires for convenience, to spend less money, and because I wanted to do it myself. I used a Harbor Freight changer, mojoblocks, mojolever, and marc parnes balancer. The whole job took about 3 hours. This included a few double checks on the net and rereading the directions as I went along.

The only problems I ran into was the wheels spun around on the HF changer as I was trying to get the tire off and the mojolever kept slipping out of the tire when trying to mount the tire. Next time, I'll put some rubber strips on the mojoblocks to stop the spinning. I'm not sure how to keep the mojolever in the tire.

I did notice that the dealer mounted the front tire backwards the last time I was there and the lower pinch bolt was only finger tight. I imagine that if the bolt was torqued correctly, it would have stayed torqued.

I went to a few auto stores to buy the bead slippy stuff. Carquest had it for $30 a gallon. It's just slippy stuff and I really didn't need a gallon! The salesman told me to use WD-40. Not a good idea from what I read about mounting/dismounting tires. I went to NAPA auto and bought a gallon of NAPA tire mounting lube for $9.

When mounting the front tire, I used a grip clamp to hold the tire in place and in the middle of the rim. This worked well. I'm going to grind the end off my core remover. It's just a tad long on one end and it hits the rim when removing the core.

Thanks for all the people on this site who provides advice and ideas for the rest of us. Here are some sites I used to help me. (By the way, I took the bike for a ride and the wheels did not fall off.)
http://bmwbmw.org/bmwforums/viewtopic.php?t=6968

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/tirechange

http://imageevent.com/bluelghtning/m...irechanging101

http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoweb.htm

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Same issues as you with the mojolever and mojo blocks.
I also used the napa RuGLYDE

If you PM me your email addy, I'll forward you the email from Mitch (The mojo developer) where he sent me some images on using the mojolever to avoid slipping after I complained about it too.

Who ever mounted your tires last (dealer) friggen sucks! That meant your tires were holding water, not shedding it. That along with not torquing things correctly, could have been fatal.

If you want something done right, you really do have to do it yourself.


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The first time I used the mojo blocks I had some slippage but found it possible to hold the rim with one hand whilst operating the lever with the other. On subsequent tire changes the slippage did not occur, I'm thinking it was a more judicious use of lube?? In any case my plan was/is if there is slippage to tie the rim to the HF unit with a strap.

Operation of the lever becomes way easy after a couple of uses. I am down to about 1 hour for both tires.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2008, 1:27 pm
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Congratulations! Some benefits of removing and reinstalling your own wheels is you know everything is torqued down correctly and you can check the brake pads. And unlike one dealer I know, you don't dent the headers on your new G12GT! Plus you get to save money!
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I guess if I burn up a tire every 2,000 miles it might pay me to get the gear and do it myself. It's $65 to have one mounted at one spot and $35 if I bring the wheel in off the bike.

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