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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Brake rotor protection during tire change

Without a stand has anyone damaged a brake rotor during a tire change?
What is the simplest (cheapest) way to avoid this?

Just wondering if I can just throw the tire on some cardboard and go to town or if I need to pay special attention to the front and back rotors.

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I used a frame made with 2x4's on edge, built wide enough to support the rims. Rotor(s) stay(s) off the ground without issue.
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I used a frame made with 2x4's on edge, built wide enough to support the rims. Rotor(s) stay(s) off the ground without issue.
Figured I was probably over thinking things, but didn't want to damage anything trying to be miserly.

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I used a frame made with 2x4's on edge, built wide enough to support the rims. Rotor(s) stay(s) off the ground without issue.
I just lay a couple of 2x4 boards down, then lay the wheel on so the discs are clear of touching the ground.
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I just took my rotors off. Easy to do and no potential damage to rotors.

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I just took my rotors off. Easy to do and no potential damage to rotors.
When Juan at 3rd Wheel Trailers replaced and balanced my last tire, I had taken the rotor off. He requested that I leave it on for a more accurate balance.
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Do it on wood. I use a plank of plywood. Cardboard is not strong enough.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 12:33 PM
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i have a harbor freight tire changer (cheap) with 2X4 base. when breaking the bead, the rotors are touching wood. when placing the wheel on the changer proper, i pad the bottom/rotor with abundant old towels. be aware that you COULD damage the rotors, but with a little prevention, they should be ok without taking them off.
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Use an old tire. Perfect fit and doesn't slide as much.
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Use an old tire. Perfect fit and doesn't slide as much.
Awsome idea! I still have an old rear tire I was going to take to the auto shop this weekend.
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