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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2006, 8:25 am Thread Starter
 
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Tires/Changers/Balancer

Prior to purchasing my '06 GT, I had a new set of Z6's installed on my then '04 RT.
Trouble was, the dealers gouged and scratched the rear rim, so badly, he had to replace it.
I also live in a town of 30,000 folks and am some distance from a dealer.

I am coming up on needing to replace the rubber om my GT, and, as I told my mortician friend; "you need to make a box big enough for me AND the bike"!

With that in mind, ( I'm keeping this bike forever) are there some recommendations for the do-it-yourselfer for a tire changing machine and balancer you guys can suggest ???

Also, I am thinking of a ME -880 for the rear and a Z6 on the front for the new rubber. Has anyone tried this combo ???
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2006, 9:28 am
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There are several models of tire changing equipment to choose from. You may want to do a search on bmwsporttouring.com as they are discussed there often.

It is not recommended to mix the Z6 with any other tire as they are designed to work together. The front treads water, the rear does not because of the tread design.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2006, 11:11 am
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Coates 220 is OK, as long as you duct tape it along with using the plastic protectors. There is also the No Mar which is cheaper along with an upgrade kit for the 220.

I find that as long as you are careful and have done it a couple times and keep the rim clamped down carefully and tight, you will be fine.

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Prior to purchasing my '06 GT, I had a new set of Z6's installed on my then '04 RT.
Trouble was, the dealers gouged and scratched the rear rim, so badly, he had to replace it.
I also live in a town of 30,000 folks and am some distance from a dealer.

I am coming up on needing to replace the rubber om my GT, and, as I told my mortician friend; "you need to make a box big enough for me AND the bike"!

With that in mind, ( I'm keeping this bike forever) are there some recommendations for the do-it-yourselfer for a tire changing machine and balancer you guys can suggest ???

Also, I am thinking of a ME -880 for the rear and a Z6 on the front for the new rubber. Has anyone tried this combo ???
Thanks.
Try nomartirechanger.com
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2006, 12:06 pm Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys.
How many of you change/balance your own tires ???
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2006, 12:42 pm
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I find that as long as you are careful and have done it a couple times and keep the rim clamped down carefully and tight, you will be fine.
I find that after a dozen or two tire changes, ya don't GAF if your rims have a little scratch or two

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2006, 3:07 pm
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The Ft Worth group changes tires all the time with their Harbor Freight setup

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Thanks guys.
How many of you change/balance your own tires ???
Metzeler has a static wheel balancer. I've watched Bonsai and DPSCOTT balance many a wheel using that magical (cheap) device. Along with the Harbor Freight tire changer, I think that unit has paid for itself over and over.

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I have the Nomar and the Marc Parnes Wheel Balance Kit.

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These folks support the BMWMOA and other organizations by attending rallys and advertising. They also make a VERY nice product.

http://www.beemerbalancers.com/

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