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Aug 21st 2020, 07:03 PM   #1
 Riki5156's Avatar
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Tire machine

I just got a Harbor Freight manual auto tire changer and am wondering if anyone has one with the motorcycle adapter? If so is it worth the cost and does it work well?
Aug 22nd 2020, 06:10 AM   #2
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I have the US made Wikco manual tire changer with M/C attachments. HF looks like they copied almost exactly the design, but weld quality may or may not be an issue. Also have a rotational balancer and a bubble balancer for car tires. In the 15 or so years of using mine I have done a couple hundred M/C tires at least, and a car tire and light truck tire once.

Only one small item has broken off and I fixed it with a bolt. Interestingly, it broke while I was installing a car tire onto a Honda Goldwing rim for a friend, and it was cold out in the shop.
Aug 22nd 2020, 08:05 AM   #3
 McRider's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

I have one. The only good thing about the motorcycle adapter is that it holds the wheel firmly and at waist height, so that using conventional tire irons to remove and install a tire is easier. Using the long bar doesn't work for me for removal and installation. I bolted the whole thing to a solid topped pallet that I can stand on while working on the wheel, and then move it out of the way when done.
Aug 22nd 2020, 09:46 AM   #4
 olyk12's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Tiger 800 XCX, DRZ400SM, Sherco 290st, Harley 350 Sprints, etc
I have one as well. It works OK - Used it mainly on my street tires with a different Mount bar - Also note - Harbor freight has changed manufacturers and dimensions over the years - So if you have on older mounting machine - the newer motorcycle adapter may not fit -

Aug 22nd 2020, 11:49 AM   #5
 Riki5156's Avatar
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
I just bought it the other day but mounted it with 4, half inch x 6 inch long anchors on a 6 inch concrete slab.Solid. So far all I've done is break the bead on a small tire for wifes farm tractor.

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