Tire bead breaker


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Tire bead breaker

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Howdy everyone,
Has anyone used this type of bead breaker? If so what are your thoughts on it?
Some rubber hose on the top ring that the rim sits on may be a nice addition, but other than that it seems as though it should work well.
I can't really find much chatter about it.

Thanks, Eric
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Never used one like that one, I have one of the red Harbor Freight ones, works well enough for me.

https://www.harborfreight.com/bead-breaker-92961.html

It is on clearance now, so may not be available around you.





Looks like it would work a little better than what I have since it will hold the tire in place. Mine the tire can slide and I have to use wood blocks to prop the tire up to keep the rotor from hitting the stand.
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blupupher wrote: Fri May 06, 2022 8:25 pm Never used one like that one, I have one of the red Harbor Freight ones, works well enough for me.

https://www.harborfreight.com/bead-breaker-92961.html

It is on clearance now, so may not be available around you.

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Looks like it would work a little better than what I have since it will hold the tire in place. Mine the tire can slide and I have to use wood blocks to prop the tire up to keep the rotor from hitting the stand.
I've got that Harbor Freight one as well, and it works...but...it's mean for larger tires, so the curve is a bit wide. I beat that thing with a sledgehammer to tighten the curve so it fit the bike tires better. I also use wood to prop the tire up and protect the rotor when using it. So it's not ideal.
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I think I will pick one up and give it a shot. I'll try to take a few pics and let you know how it went.
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Zman457 wrote: Fri May 06, 2022 7:43 pm Howdy everyone,
Has anyone used this type of bead breaker? If so what are your thoughts on it?
Some rubber hose on the top ring that the rim sits on may be a nice addition, but other than that it seems as though it should work well.
I can't really find much chatter about it.

Thanks, Eric
I have one of these, but never used it on the Goldwing; worked fine on my 1965 KMZ K-750M (4x 3.75x19" on spoke rims/tube). The one you show seems to have some foam on the top to protect the wheel, mine just have four nylon/plastic clips as spacers.
Generally it does the job, but I hardly ever used it - and never for the GL as I said, and I don't remember if I used it on my 1992 Yamaha RD350-R (18" alloy/tubeless) - but I might be giving it some more attention with my mopeds (16-21" spoke rims) - but might attach something more protective than the plastic clips.

The one I have says it can do 16" and above.
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Home made bead breaker
Home made bead breaker

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I revamped my original to all steel. The piece of 2x4 was splintering, so I replaced that with 2


pieces of steel plate. (all free materials from work). The tubing slides wherever you need it on the length of 2x4.
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Now that's what I'm talking about!
Just added this build to my to do list.

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That is a very nice, professional implementation of a home-brew fixit gadget. For many years (decades... I'm an old guy) I have changed many tires on cars, trailers, and bikes using this concept. Except I always had to just use misc. scraps of wood to shim under, over, and between tire and lever board to get the job done. But the receiver on the back of an SUV or truck is an excellent leverage point for this task. But your version is very well done. Thanks for the pics. I gave you a thumbs up.
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Well thank you sir. Yesterday I took a car tire off the rim of my Yamaha Roadliner. I want to sell the bike, so I figured a prospective buyer would much prefer an MC tire.


. Personally, I liked getting 22,000 miles out of a tire before having to change it.
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I lay my wheel on a couple of pieces of 2x4 to keep the brake disc up off the ground.
Then I lay a four foot length of 2x6 from the ground up onto the tire.
I drive one front wheel of my pickup onto the the 2x6 and pop!
Instant bead breaker!
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I have the harbor freight unit and it works just great. I do all my own tires ( 5-6 sets per mo) and it is one of the best buys at HF
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GLRT wrote: Fri Jul 15, 2022 9:32 am I have the harbor freight unit and it works just great. I do all my own tires ( 5-6 sets per mo) and it is one of the best buys at HF
I have this one as well, it works well enough, you just have to be careful of two things:

1. It doesn't expect there to be a brake rotor on the wheel. I put wood blocks in place to keep it from gouging my brake rotors
2. It's meant for a slightly different diameter car wheel, so the curved part doesn't fit the curve of the tire all that well, but it's close enough - just make sure you don't accidentally gouge your aluminum wheel because of it.
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Yes you do have to use blocks and I welded a 3/4 inch rod about 6" long to the base that the wheel slips over to keep it lined up.


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