PDA
View Full Version :

Money Saving Home-Made Tire Spoons (Pics)



ChuckE2009
02-17-2013, 09:13 AM
Goodmorning, everyone!!


So, here's a quick little job that I just thought I'd share...


Last weekend, I picked up a low-milage 2006 Kawasaki KLR650 for a song, but part of the reason that the bike was so cheap,
was that the tires and brakes were pretty much worn out...


So, I ordered up a set of Shinko 705's, and some EBC brake pads, and set about showing this bike some love...


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2886_zps05bbcb74.jpg


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2898_zpsb0d65495.jpg


Now, I'd never installed a tire (I'd sliced a few with a saw-zall to scrap the rims they were on, tho, haha), so I called up
my mechanic friend Danny...


He said he'd changed a ton of them, and it wouldn't be a problem at all... I just needed some tire-spoons and a valve core
tool... That worked out really well, I weld stuff up for him all the time, and he helps me out with projects like this...


Anyway, I knew the Tractor Supply store where I used to work (loved it there, but I quit when I started school) sold Tire-Spoons,
so a quick stop was all I needed, right?


Nope... I got to the tire isle, and saw that these simple little steel devices were THIRTY FRIGGIN' DOLLARS a PIECE!! And I
needed three of them... Come to think of it, in the nine months I worked at that place, I honestly dont think I ever sold or stocked
a tire spoon... Guess I know why, now :eek:


I stood there in the isle for a minute thinking about what I could do now... I knew there were a couple of auto-parts stores about
15 miles away that would *probably* be open on a saturday, but I didn't really want to make that trip, and time is (as always) of
the essence... I stay pretty busy now, but I like it that way...


Anyway, I knew I'd better think of something...


I could just heat and beat some 1" round stock I knew I had until it was spoon-shaped, but that would just be mild steel, and I
was afraid I'd bend and/or break the tip off of it...


But then I got another idea...


I just wandered over to the tool isle and bought three pry-bars for $6 and $7 a piece, and prayed they weren't just hardened steel...


As soon as I got home, I traced out a radius over the ends of them, and hit it real quick with the ForceCut 42i...


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2895_zpsa11b7be0.jpg


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2902_zps594049a5.jpg


Then I took an abrasive wheel to them, and as soon as that disc made contact, I knew I wasnt working with mild steel...


The sparks were bright and had a lot of flair, indicating they were tool steel!! For a change, something turned out just like I hoped it would ;)


I took an 80-grit flap disc and went over everything to remove those tube-slicing burrs, and called it a day...


Danny showed up, we lifted up half the bike at a time with a chain-lift, and had those tires off and on in no time...


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2900_zps2e03970c.jpg

I still maintain that front tire is on there bass-ack-wards, but we installed it
according to the "ROTATION" arrow, so I guess all is well :D


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2906_zpsc71509f6.jpg


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2905_zps10a63a38.jpg


http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo329/ChuckE2009/IMG_2903_zps7092227d.jpg


After switching out brake pads, we put everything back together and called it a night...


I saved roughly $50 versus having the tires mounted, got a lesson in installing
tube-type motorcycle tires, and got a set of home-made tools I'll use well into
the future... So, I'm pretty thrilled...


What would I have done differently? Well, They were a little on the "thick" side...
I think I'm going to grind some of the "meat" off the back of the "spoons" so they're a
little easier to get between the bead, and the rim...


But the bike is in MUCH better shape now, and I'm pretty happy...
Doesnt take much :D


Haha...


I just thought I'd share, hopefully this can help someone else save a few
bucks on tire spoons....


Thanks for reading, everyone, and have an awesome weekend!! :)

arandall
02-17-2013, 12:34 PM
Good thinking ChuckE!!

undercut
02-18-2013, 12:23 AM
I always have to look at directional tires a couple of times to convince myself they are going the right direction .... LOL. Good idea on the tire spoons. I hate to spend money to tools that I could make myself. Have fun with the bike.