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Not wanting to derail Hawkerjet's S21 deal thread anymore than I have, I'll start this.

So I've been watching some YT videos on tire changing and I know the Mojo Lever is the hot ticket but man is he proud of that stick . I'm a DIY guy and have a hard time paying for something I can make, so then I stumble across this go to 3:07 in the video
Pretty ingenious. So then I travel over to eBay and locate this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/HUNTER-Tire...5/201375641273 With the steel in the garage I can build the same for < $30 and it actually seems (to me at least) is easier than the Mojo Lever. Thoughts?
ETA: maybe I should make a few for sale and advertise it as the "Mojo Killer"
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Great find there Heywood.

I went with the mojo lever which works well but is a tad pricy.

Had I known about your find I probably would have gone that route.

Bought the Mojo Lee-Vah after watching this demo video.

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That's cool! Makes me think I really should pick up that harbor fright tire changer.

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Wow thats a crazy price for the MojoLever. I like your idea of a DIY solution I may try that as well. I find tires arent that hard to change once I gained some experience with a solid changing stand and bead breaker, but those video make to look soooooo easy. I imagine it wouldnt work with tubed tires but those are softer anyways. Thanks for the idea, video and eBay link

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That's cool! Makes me think I really should pick up that harbor freight tire changer.
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..once I gained some experience with a solid changing stand ...
So that got me thinking too b/c I really don't have a lot of space with all my other crap that I have amassed so I'm thinking I could make the tire stand fit into a receiver hitch for the back of my truck so I don't have to have a large stand or bolt it to my floor
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Never changed tire, but with a tool like that, i might not fear it anymore..

Thanks for sharing.
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So that got me thinking too b/c I really don't have a lot of space with all my other crap that I have amassed so I'm thinking I could make the tire stand fit into a receiver hitch for the back of my truck so I don't have to have a large stand or bolt it to my floor
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So that got me thinking too b/c I really don't have a lot of space with all my other crap that I have amassed so I'm thinking I could make the tire stand fit into a receiver hitch for the back of my truck so I don't have to have a large stand or bolt it to my floor
I do not bolt my stand to anything, but also dont use a Mojo Lever or similar technique. I have a stand from Tusk, Rocky Mtn ATV/MC house brand, and I just set it on a concrete floor when I use it. If you are exerting so much force on the wheel and stand that it needs to be bolted down you are doing it wrong, and damage to something is about to occur. I could maybe make it easier on myself by securing it, but for changing 2-3 sets of tires a year with traditional tire irons its fine on the floor or driveway

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So that got me thinking too b/c I really don't have a lot of space with all my other crap that I have amassed so I'm thinking I could make the tire stand fit into a receiver hitch for the back of my truck so I don't have to have a large stand or bolt it to my floor
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That's cool! Makes me think I really should pick up that harbor fright tire changer.

Buy this changer and get the Mojo Lever for free.......https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads...er-350.119387/
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It's been done. These examples might prove to be interesting:
Mods to my Harbor Freight tire changer...
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Oh I'm sure it's been done before, I had no intention of reinventing that wheel The second link it pretty much what I had envisioned. I might try fabbing some delrin rim holders to replace the steel ones that come with the unit. I'm sure I could probably even buy 'em as someone's probably already done those too. Or just save some time and money and buy some Plastidip...
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So with a recent acquisition of a upgraded bike for my son, an FZ6, it needed new tires which are now sitting the in garage waiting for some other parts to arrive before I mount them up. With my last experience trying to get a tire mounted on the Versys I figured for about the same or less than the price of a single mount I can build a hitch mount for the HF tire changer. Here's my hitch mount, it came out a little taller than I hoped but I wanted it tall enough to clear the tailgate when down. I need to make some delrin blocks like the Mojo's to hold the rim.
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Great ideas here with the self made tools.

I've been changing my own tires these last few years.

I've never had much success trying to change tires with tire levers though. I actually ruined a tire once using them by bending a bead wire. Levers do work with practice but you really need two or three people and lots of sweat and tears. The problem is holding the bead in the centre channel so you have enough slack in the bead to get it over the rim lip while keeping it from popping off. Easy in theory but very, very difficult to do with only two hands in practice. A tire mounting machine though makes the job as effortless as turning a screw driver.

Do use lots of Windex or tire lube when mounting though. Lubing the bead is essential to make the job go easy.

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