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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:31 pm 
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Sorry about the click bait :angel

After suffering a side wall puncture the local garage quoted £75 to fit a replacement Cooper tyre, where as Oponeo stock the same tyre for £50 including postage.... well i couldn't resist.

So my DIY tyre fitting machine would work i had to reduce the size of that hole.
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Drilled a 20mm hole into a piece of wood.
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Couple of screws and a pair of drilled out ignition bolt heads (From triple tree replacement job)
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Don't you just love it when something you never threw out comes to good use?
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Job all done : sorry never took any action shots, was too eager to see how well it would go. EASY
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My Aldi foot pump seated the bead with no problems... it's seated three tyres now!
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Just need to find a way to balance it now.... there's one or two ideas on the internet but i might just take the wheel to a garage and concede the cost ... hopefully they won't charge 25 quid!!



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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:01 pm 
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Good work :D

Interesting that you managed to seat the bead with a foot pump - I thought that a high pressure air line was de rigueur for seating beads :D


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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:41 pm 
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Time to change my front tyre so was looking at diy options. Was looking for Biggabits tyre changing machine when i saw this post.

Probably gonna construct similar for myself soon (will need to give the tyre guy £10 to put on the front this time round).

Last time i changed the front myself, I couldn't get it to seat.
Came across a tip on the internet. Put a ratchet strap around the tyre to force it down and form a seal with the wheel, pump up and once theres a decent amount of pressure in there, slowly release the ratchet strap. The pressure will cause the tyre to expand and will seat.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:58 pm 
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Out of interest, how did you balance the wheel after?


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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:46 pm 
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anz243k wrote:
Out of interest, how did you balance the wheel after?


Hey anz243k sorry for the delay... wasn't sure how to explain this as i hadn't taken any pics :Bang

I used a seal driver, bulls eye spirit level, a marble and my danmoto exhaust baffle. :angel

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I couldn't find the actual glass marble i used, the rubber ball shown was too soft for this purpose.

Forgive the crap diagram but hopefully you'l get the idea. The seal driver was almost a perfect fit but to 'snug it up' and ensure that it remained absolutely central, i ran one layer of insulation tape around it which gave it a non rattle perfect fit! The Spirit level must also be 'dead central' so having positioned it i stuck it down with double sided tape.

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Black = Tyre
Dark grey = Wheel
Light grey = Seal driver
Yellow/black = Bulls eye spirit level
Blue = Glass marble
Purple = Exhaust baffle (It was to hand... you could use any suitable prop)
Pink = My workbench of course!

I removed and manged to re use the clip on weights and got it balanced perfectly (according to the spirit level) Being a front wheel a test drive proved all was well, absolutely no steering wheel shake or vibration at all. (smooth as a nut in fact)

Having re fit the new tyre and wheel i decided to check the fairly worn spare I'd just removed and on the balancer it tipped to one side suggesting it was certainly in need of a re-balance. I don't think I've ever had a tyre re balanced mid way through it's life... i know you're supposed to but does anyone bother?


I got the idea for the balancer from (read through the comment section as some disagree whether this method can balance a car wheel/tyre correctly) and this

So there you go :)

P.s. again the comment section is worth a read. 8o

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