Sat, 09 Aug 2008 17:26:12 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 17:26:12 +0000 linkquote
Someone posted here recently that they had bought the stuff to change their own tires. I can't seem to find the post using search tho.

Could I get a link(s) to the required parts and tools?

Also, how hard is balancing your own tire? Never even thought of doing this stuff myself until recently.

Thanks in advance.
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 18:40:54 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 18:40:54 +0000 linkquote
It was posted by luthorhuss. The thread was "What makes MP3 Great?"
He said he was ordering tools from Harbor Freight. I too am waiting to hear how well the tools work. Just paying someone to mount a tire on the rim can cost as much as the tire.
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 19:17:42 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 19:17:42 +0000 linkquote
Fuzzy wrote:
I assume this is what he is talking about at harborfreight.com PORTABLE TIRE CHANGER
Central Machinery
34542-8VGA

$49.99
Ooh, that's much cheaper and less elaborate than I was imagining. How tempting.
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 19:36:27 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 19:36:27 +0000 linkquote
Is this what you are looking for? www.modernvespa.com/forum/topic31508
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:02:11 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:02:11 +0000 linkquote
Thanks everyone. That was indeed the thread I was reading.
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:04:32 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:04:32 +0000 linkquote
tire tools
This is a start, I'm doing the same thing . No mar has videos on net to watch


Marc Parnes balancer
http://www.marcparnes.com/Vespa_Scooter_Wheel_Balancer.htm

Harbour freight mini tire changer

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=34552

Great thread that talks about tire changing

Harbor Freight Mini Tire Changer & Mounting Bar Mods

I don't have that Nomar bar that is talked about in the above thread, I got a mojolever instead. Haven't used it yet but I hope it will be able to re-mount the new tire.
http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoweb.htm
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:30:21 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:30:21 +0000 linkquote
Tire changing
I found the post , it was by Exonic Jay. titled Harbor Freight + Mini Tire Changer + Bar Mods. He shows the process in complete detailed pics.

Good luck, I'll keep you posted , I'm doing the same

Dave
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:30:31 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:30:31 +0000 linkquote
Re: Tire changing
DavidHerring wrote:
I found the post , it was by Exonic Jay. titled Harbor Freight + Mini Tire Changer + Bar Mods. He shows the process in complete detailed pics.

Good luck, I'll keep you posted , I'm doing the same

Dave
Thanks David. You found a great thread on the tire changer.

Also Northern Tool & Equipment has a mini tire changer similar to Harbor Freight.
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:35:56 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:35:56 +0000 linkquote
Re: tire tools
DavidHerring wrote:
This is a start, I'm doing the same thing . No mar has videos on net to watch


Marc Parnes balancer
http://www.marcparnes.com/Vespa_Scooter_Wheel_Balancer.htm

Harbour freight mini tire changer

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=34552

Great thread that talks about tire changing

Harbor Freight Mini Tire Changer & Mounting Bar Mods

I don't have that Nomar bar that is talked about in the above thread, I got a mojolever instead. Haven't used it yet but I hope it will be able to re-mount the new tire.
http://home.comcast.net/~prestondrake/mojoweb.htm
That's the exact system that I'm using, quite successfully. The mini tire changer handles wheels up to and including 12", which works out perfectly for the MP3 250's. By the way, I do not use the MojoLever, but I do used rim savers to keep from scratching my wheels.

To make most maintenance and repairs easier, I have this lift, too:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91764

I just bought another one for my son, today;and with a coupon, it only cost me $255.+tax!
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:47:18 +0000

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Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:47:18 +0000 linkquote
Also try www.modernvespa.com/forum/topic10771?highlight=tire+changing for photos.
Sun, 10 Aug 2008 00:06:20 +0000

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Sun, 10 Aug 2008 00:06:20 +0000 linkquote
Re: tire tools
jfredrik wrote:
The mini tire changer handles wheels up to and including 12", which works out perfectly for the MP3 250's.
Not for long...
Sun, 10 Aug 2008 00:11:41 +0000

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Sun, 10 Aug 2008 00:11:41 +0000 linkquote
Re: tire tools
jimc wrote:
jfredrik wrote:
The mini tire changer handles wheels up to and including 12", which works out perfectly for the MP3 250's.
Not for long...
Jim, let me rephrase it. It'll handle MY MP3 250's, because I don't anticipate upgrading until I wear out my current pair of scoots. Chances are they'll outlive me anyway!
Sun, 10 Aug 2008 14:35:23 +0000

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Sun, 10 Aug 2008 14:35:23 +0000 linkquote
+1 Jim

I'll predict that by the time I wear off the tread on the wheel I just replaced, I will upgrade to a 400.

That will happen before Piaggio gives 250 owners the option of retro-fitting the 250's for a 14" tire.
Sun, 10 Aug 2008 16:49:29 +0000

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Sun, 10 Aug 2008 16:49:29 +0000 linkquote
Re: Tire changing
DavidHerring wrote:
I found the post , it was by Exonic Jay. titled Harbor Freight + Mini Tire Changer + Bar Mods. He shows the process in complete detailed pics.

Good luck, I'll keep you posted , I'm doing the same

Dave
Nice catch! That is more information than I could have hoped for.

I'm really getting excited about doing this.

With my 14" rear I'll have to just use the regular tire changer from Harborfreight:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=34542

The lift is kinda pricey though. I might have to wait a bit to purchase that
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