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Jan 23, 2010

Build Your Own Dirt Bike Tire Changing Stand

Changing a tire on a dirt bike isn't rocket science, but it can be a lot of work. A few of the right tools and a strong tire changing stand can make it much easier. This video shows how easy it can be if you know what your doing. The type of tire can also make a difference however, so don't be too disappointed if it takes you longer than the 5 minutes it takes this guy! The first time with my new stand took about 45 minutes for me with a much stiffer desert tire. At least one large spoon is a must along with either another spoon and/or tire iron. I did the entire job with a large spoon, a smaller tire iron, and a wrench for the valve core and rim lock. I found that my tube had been chafing, so I made sure to use some powder containing talc in the new tire to help avoid this. I also used a 50/50 mix of dish soap and water in place of tire paste to help the new tire slide on and to aid in setting the bead when aired up.

To build my tire stand, I took advantage of my tubing bender base that I already had bolted to the cement garage floor. I wanted to make it so the bender could easily be re-attached so I used a plate that would mount up the the holes on the existing plate.

I had a piece of round steel that was just the right size out of sheer luck. I also had a roll of rubber laying around that I picked up at the army surplus store. By tracing the pattern on the rubber then cutting a hole in the center, I could slide the rubber over the shaft and it will stay in place to protect the rim from damage while the rim is on the stand. This is obviously a very simple design for a stand, but it doesn't need to be fancy. Having a stand such as this allows the work to be done at a comfortable level instead of crouching over on the ground. It also provides a way to hold it while you pry on the tire. Having it free on the stand lets you easily flip it over and work very quickly. I chose to use a rather small diameter shaft so I could use the stand on many different wheels. The shaft is about 3/8" diameter and is the minimum you would want to go for strength. Having a hardened steel shaft would also provide better strength.

This stand looks and works great and turns a back breaking job into something that can easily be done in a half hour without sore knees and a sore back.

The tips in the video proved to be a huge help. Normally, I would remove the rim lock completely, something that really isn't necessary. Also, lining up the valve stem and installing the nut with a few threads made sure the task of lining up the valve stem was out of the way while it was an easy task. With practice, the right tools, a sturdy stand, and these tips anyone can learn to change tires like a pro.


  1. Yes thanks for helping me how to change tyres,specially for bikes

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  2. ok maybe after I read this I can change tyres like a pro..but anyway I appreciate that very usefull for us.

  3. AnonymousMay 18, 2010

    sounds like a helpful piece of kit and its not too difficult to make