After finally installing the base of the No-Mar into my concrete I set her up. (I wanted to be able to remove the bolts when I'm not using the tire changer so I bought some "drop-in's". I drilled the holes according to the directions but the drop-in's just spun what I tightened them. So I had to get some concrete adhesive - $20 - and used that. It wouldn't take for the first day so I had to try again.)
With the base finally secured I went after it! (You can read my tire removal on the other thread. Let's just say ya need a quality lift, preferably a triple-tree lift. And a GOOD ONE...which means $$$$
Once the tire was off:
My biggest issue was...
getting the rim into the 3 hard-rubber "holders". There are 4 different holes to mount these things and it's almost a trial and error. Not only that, each "holder" is patterned in a different way. I imagine for different types of rims, so not only do you have to keep rotating the "holders" you have to find the right hole to drop the "holder" into.
Once the rim was secure...
I used the No-Mar removal/install bar - which I think is THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of this process! I sprayed the old tire with Windex then lubed the removal tip with some No-Mar lube. I followed the recommendation of using the removal tip at an angle. Once in it was super easy!!! Just like the video, you simply push the bar around the drop-down bar. The tire came off in less that 2 minutes, if that!
I cleaned up the rim...
then matched up the new tire with the rim. The new tire was pretty easy to get the first side over the rim. But when mounting the second side, this is when I had a problem. I used the No-Mar lube around the tire and around the bead of the rim. I think if the tire was warmed up it may have been easier. And a little more of the lube (I didn't want to overdo it on the No-Mar lube but I think I went way too sparingly.)
Once I got 3/4 of the way I really struggled with the tire. What I used was the 2 "Yellow Things" that keep the tire in place as you go around.
Two things occurred...
the first thing is that the rim kept moving on me. This is where I found the exact placement of those "holders". Once I got the rim bolted down tight I decided to use the opposite end of the bar, the removal tip. Bam! All set and rimmed on!!!
yes, this thing is expensive. It will take a few tire changes to break even. But, I have a few friends and I have a feeling they'll either want me to change their tires or use it themselves. Mi casa es su casa! I have a lot of tools that I don't use much but, when I need them....it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!! The No-Mar tire changer is awesome, IMO!!!
I struggled getting the tire back on the bike WAY MORE than anything to do with the tire changing process. I also used my little pancake air compressor to seat the bead. Worked like a charm! Took about a minute and "Pop-Pop"!
I ran down to the local Yamaha dealership because I forgot to get the weights. (While there I sat on a used FJR they had. Mmmm...hopefully next year!) Came back and used the Harbor Freight Wheel Balancer. Some people have complained about this but it worked fine for me, so as long as whatever you set it on is level. Balanced the wheel, applied some weight and, once on the bike, took it for a spin. Nice and smooth! Can really feel a difference with a new tire! (BTW...my Kawasaki dealership had a "Yard Sale" this weekend. I got a Pilot Road 3, made in 2018, for $60!).
Great tool, especially if you plan to change your own tires. I figure it this way, sure I could have paid the money at the dealership or wrestled with spoons and/or modify a Harbor Freight tire changer. But with the No-Mar...no problems!
This picture shows those "rim holders". If you look closely you can see the "squares" on the top. These "squares" have all different sides with different shapes on each side. Therefore, you have to play around with them a little to find what fits your rim type.