Yo Steve. Been there done that. I feel and know exactly where you're coming from. Get the top model of No-Mar if possible. The company guarantees everything for life. No shit, no nonsense. Buy it and be done with it. Period.Are you guys talking about the big industrial model, or the Cycle Hill model?
I suppose I could change tires for friends to help offset the cost of the larger model.
After just having to pay $125.00 to pay for two tire installs this morning, off the bike, I'm determined that won't happen again.
At first I was just going to buy a bead breaker and do the rest with spoons, but I may just go for the whole magilla.
+1....bought the top model with all the goodies. Maybe $1,300 to my door and VERY happy. It's like any other tool, 10 years down the road I will still have it and glad I spent the coin.Yo Steve. Been there done that. I feel and know exactly where you're coming from. Get the top model of No-Mar if possible. The company guarantees everything for life. No shit, no nonsense. Buy it and be done with it. Period.
You buy it, and so many friends/strangers will come to your garage that it'll pay for itself in no time at all. I can swap meat and have the shit balanced in 35 minutes. No kidding. (off the bike that is)
No more paying $150 for such a simple job anymore. Buy it and I promise you you'll wonder why it took so long to just bite the bullet.
I cannot express to you how easy this machine makes life. I love this machine.
I went cheap . 6' 2x4 bolted loosely to the wall in my shed at one end so it pivots up and down, with a 1' 2x4 loosely bolted to it, hanging down (tapered at the bottom to fit the width of the sidewall) about 2' from the wall. Push down on the end, rotate wheel, repeat, presto, bead pops off. I probably spent $5 on it and I've used it at least a dozen times. Unbolts to store in 10 seconds. I always remove the brake rotors to avoid damaging them (had a shop bend a rotor once) and I place several layers of cardboard underneath to protect the rim.
When I bought my SS/SP the rotor had already been bent by the shop that put on the new tires. The pistons in the caliper kept being pushed back in, resulting in no brakes the first time the lever was pulled (kinda like Stoner after his tank slapper resulting in no front brake until he pulled the lever the second time, and missed the turn. Last year?). Anyway, the previous owner and I couldn't figure out the problem until after I had trailered the bike home to Wyoming, from Wisconsin, so he just paid me the money for me to get the rotor straightened (framestraightsystems.com). I would assume the shop that did it would be expected to pay to fix it. Unless they were assholes and claimed it was possibly bent when the wheel was brought to them. The bend was not obvious to the nekked eye. Removing the rotors before the shop touches the wheel would avoid any possibility of them being bent!So u guys have had shop break bend mar your stuff and no one has btched and made them pay for them ?
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