Bead Buster


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Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:55 am



I ordered a Bead Buster for 99 bucks I called the place up and told the guy I had a Goldwing SE 1500 and he said he was getting quite a few calls for them and that I should order the BX-450. I ordered it a couple of days ago and I cant wait to get the thing. Sorry to say at my age, but I'm excited as all get out to get it. You folks might want to take a look at it and see what ya think, they have some good videos on it too.

www.beadbuster.com

Thanks
Frank



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Re: Bead Buster

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:10 am

never saw a thing -

but I'd ask her out for a date...she is pretty. :D

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:12 am

One more Makers Mark Bourbon and she'll better than she does now. :o
Lol

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:13 am

Man, I've got to start previewing these things..............

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby themainviking » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:27 am

Well, you musta fixed it, cause I got the Bead Buster. I was sorta disappointed. I was lookin' fer a good lookin' gal.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:57 am

Would you happen to have a heel toe shifter? Man, I hate the one I have because I cant get my whole foot on the foot board on the shifter side. I'm trying to find a different set up, still a heel toe shifter but something that has a bigger floor board and smaller shifter peddles.

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby seelyark1 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:07 am

I use a C-clamp, and it didn't cost me any where near $99. And as for car tires, if you have a high reach jack or one of the old bumper jacks it is real easy to break the bead. Just set it on the tire and under the bumper or trailer hitch and jack it up. Works every time, and never damaged a wheel. A couple of small pieces of plywood will hold the bead down so the bead holds into the center of the rim helps in removing the tire.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:37 pm

Well thanks for input, but its worth the 99 bucks for me and that's what counts in the final analysis. Its not a hassle, it takes up little space and it does the job I paid for it to do and does it well. Thanks again.

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby bstig60 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:33 am

I paid $20 for one at Harbor Frieght. I used it yesterday to break the bead on my tires to install metal 90* valve stems for my TPS and put in Dyna Beads at the same time.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:25 am

I like it...Have you seen my wooden one...? It's incorporated into my homemade stand... :lol: :lol: this is how a Caveman does it... Geez...man...


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Re: Bead Buster

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:45 am

This thread is interesting and I've learned a lot, but have a question.
Do you guys really mess with your tires enough to make any of these worthwhile?
Do you only use it for changing out worn to new tires?
I've ridden for years and whenever I need a new tire I go to a shop, but one and they install it.
An hour at most and I'm back on the road. It would take me a lot longer than a shop to dismantle and change it out.
How much of a cost savings do you see?
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:53 am

The shop you take it to must not be very busy.... Many times a fella has to wait quite some time to get his tire mounted as many of them have to take a number and get in line.... You are very lucky it sounds like.. we make or do this stuff because it's fun, it's a hobby and we enjoy doing things ourselves, I think the bead buster is a great invention for the Do it yourself guy...I have a Harbor freight tire changer as well, just made this gadget for fun.. :lol: Oh and when you have a few bikes Yes we change tires a lot..

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:17 pm

I'm definitely a do-it-yourself guy, I just usually have enough on the list SWMBO gives me.
I usually try and outsource those that 1) I don't have the tools to do (and that's hard to believe) or someone else could do better, 2) would take up way too much of my free time, or 3) don't really want to get into. Changing tires would probably fall in category #2.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:25 pm

Nothing wrong with having a shop change your tires...Nothing at all.... :D

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby seelyark1 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:28 pm

Hey Beav, how many of those stands could you build for $100? I can't see paying that kind of money on some toy when I allready have thirteen differient tools that would do the job. Kinda like buying a Ronco rhinestone and stud setter. I don't have a single tool that I spent anywhere near that on except for a floor jack. I spent the $100 on fuel and rode a thousand miles instead.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:28 pm

at least 4-5 of them... :lol: a guy could use steel on the vertical piece instead of wood for the bead breaker... I had fun with it..Probably could use a bolt instead of a all thread and just hit it with a impact.. :shock:

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby MikeB » Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:19 am

guitarzan wrote:I ordered a Bead Buster for 99 bucks I called the place up and told the guy I had a Goldwing SE 1500 and he said he was getting quite a few calls for them and that I should order the BX-450. I ordered it a couple of days ago and I cant wait to get the thing. Sorry to say at my age, but I'm excited as all get out to get it. You folks might want to take a look at it and see what ya think, they have some good videos on it too.

http://www.beadbuster.com

Thanks
Frank

Frank, do you already have a tire changer to the change the tires with after you break the beads? I hope so because you are going to have a pretty tough time replacing the tires on your wheels, especially if they are Dunlop E3's, with just some tire irons.

This is the bead breaker I use:

I use a Tire Stripper like this one:


It is unfortunate that this unit is no longer manufactured. :(
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby bstig60 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:25 am

I use the bead breaker I got from Harbor freight. I go through about a set of tires for year, but then I have three bikes so they tire changer works for me. Wish I had one but I just have to used to be breaker and the tire irons.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:18 pm

It sure looks like a nice changer. Thanks

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Re: Bead Buster

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:25 pm

I seem to be the "go to guy" in my neighbor hood to get work done on their bikes. :D I have the tools and the knowledge to get them back on the road, and get to meet the youngsters here too. I don't mind teaching them how to fix their bikes cause someday they can help me fix mine. ;) I'm not getting any younger myself.
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Re: Bead Buster

Postby guitarzan » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:56 pm

Yep, I hear ya. Well I'm 64 yrs old and I'm just happy to have this site and all the information. Its been a longtime since I've worked on a bike. Last time was back in 1974 when I sold my Harley to get money to go to school. I might just be getting in touch with you if you don't mind.

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