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Mods to my Harbor Freight tire changer...

Well, I finished the modificaiton to my harbor freight tire changer so that it can be used anywhere, home, track, friends house, etc. It's also easily loaned to anyone that has a 2" receiver. I used it last weekend to mount some tires for an upcoming track day and it worked great.

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Great idea...!! I have the same changer. The top part isn't worth a crap, IMHO, but the bead breaker is priceless...

After looking at your pics again, I noticed that your top "rim holder" is different then mine was. Mine looked similar, but yours is much nicer and more functional. I literally threw mine out....

Out comes my welder......

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...I noticed that your top "rim holder" is different then mine was. Mine looked similar, but yours is much nicer and more functional. I literally threw mine out....
I dipped the clamps in "Plasti-Dip" and it seems to be holding up. If I changed tires for a living, that stuff would probably wear out too quickly, but for occaisonal use it seems to do the job of protecting the rim edges.

I also use the No-Mar mount/demount bar.

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I was looking at that exact unit at Harbor Freight yesterday, wasn't sure if it was worth it or not. If you guys say it works, I may go and pick one up.
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I was looking at that exact unit at Harbor Freight yesterday, wasn't sure if it was worth it or not. If you guys say it works, I may go and pick one up.
I think the biggest question mark w/ this system is the clamps that hold the rim. But like I said, I am using the plastic dip coating w/ good results. Others I know have used pieces of rubber hose to keep the rim scratch free...

Also the main reason I "took a chance on it" was a local CMRA racer was quitting and selling all his crap and I got the whole thing (all pieces in red) for $20...

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I'm gonna order one w/ my next check now that i see that it works!!!! But what do you guys do about balancing? (Just lead weight in center) Is there a decent home balancer too?


P.S. That is a GREAT idea!!!! Sell the idea to somebody and cash in man!!!!
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But what do you guys do about balancing?
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P.S. That is a GREAT idea!!!! Sell the idea to somebody and cash in man!!!!
Not exactly completely my idea, No-Mar sells a changer w/ an optional hitch mount, but theirs doesn't seem long enough to have room to work behind the vehicle. So I made mine longer so you can actually swing the mount/demount bar around w/o taking out a tail light/window...

No Mar's changer w/ hitchmount:

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That figures..... I've had a few good ideas that i didn't know already existed, but sure as hell found out pretty quickly!

Also, has anyone heard of/used these thingees?

Dyna Beads

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so what stores parking lot did you find the vehicle in that you cut the reciever off of? lol great idea man! i wondered why you made it so long.
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dyna beads


have them on my ford w/ 37"s. work well over 45-50mph.

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Nice work!

I wish I had money to burn Id get one of those NoMar table with the hitch attachment.......thats one NICE tire changing set up you can actually take to the track!

I gotta go check out my manual tire changer just to see if I can rig something up.

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