Wheels off ebay or tire changer? - Chicagoland Sportbikes
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View Poll Results: ebay wheels or tire changer?
bid on wheels with rotors 14 42.42%
bid on wheels only and buy new rotors 13 39.39%
order tire changer 8 24.24%
have tires swapped every other week by dealer or CLSB tire changer 1 3.03%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-04-2006, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Wheels off ebay or tire changer?

I just had 208 GPAs put on at the track this weekend. I don't really want to waste them on the street. They replaced Dunlop Qualifiers with about 2600 miles on them including 4 trackdays. The Qualifiers held up well and would still be good for the street but I didn't want to chance it on the track. I also have a set of brand new qualifiers in the garage. My bike does dual duty for me for now so I was kicking around the idea of either picking up some wheels with or without rotors off ebay or ordering one of those no-mar tire changers. From what I've seen, I could get the wheels for around $500-$800 depending on the bids. I could also order a complete tire changing kit for $858 delivered. Kim and I have done about 5 trackdays this year and are planning on about 5-6 more. What do you all think is a better option?

#1-bid on wheels with rotors
#2-bid on wheels without rotors and buy new rotors
#3-order tire changer
#4-take current wheels to dealer or CLSB tire changer every other week to swap tires

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It would be really nice to have an extra set of wheels to swap back and forth. I would get a set with rotors, since the rotor mounting bolts will soon be ruined after swapping them back and forth a few times. You could also get the wheels without, and then get some blingin wave rotors for either the street or the track.
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Talking wheels with rotors

I don't have a changer nor the desire to be swapping tires on rims. I got rims with rotors for both bikes and always have a street set mounted and track set. Swapping wheels is easy. Swapping wheels and changing tires is a bit more work. We are at enough events, Nesba and CCS, to have our mounting needs done there. Plus, we usually are able to have new tires mounted before we leave the track so the next track event we are ready.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-04-2006, 10:50 PM
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Wheels with rotors (or buy and add your own rotors)

Do NOT swap rotors.

Do NOT ride your track tires on the street either.

As far as the tire changer, if you are buying your tires at NESBA, the tire change is included in the price.

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I wouldn't chance buying used rotors, unless they're from someone you know. It's way too easy to damage them.

I would buy the wheels alone, and get brand new rotors.
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why isn't there an "i don't give a fuck" selection?

i swap my tires every time i go to the track and it sucks.. pick up an extra set of rims.

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why isn't there an "i don't give a fuck" selection?

i swap my tires every time i go to the track and it sucks.. pick up an extra set of rims.


Yeah, but you have easy access to a hydraulic changer.

I am leaning toward the extra set of rims though.

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Extra set of wheels will go a lot farther in the long run, but i'd use my rotors. Otherwise you have to or should change pads as well.

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I'd skip the tire changer, too much trouble. Get the extra set of rims and buy new rotors that way you know they are solid.

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I just did the same thing. I bought wheels and rotors off of ebay.
It just saves me money in the long run.
After 5-6 track days, you've recouped most of that money in time and tire swaps. Plus you can play around with changing your own tires and not worry about scraping up your good rims.

I say good call Nolan.

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Extra set of wheels will go a lot farther in the long run, but i'd use my rotors. Otherwise you have to or should change pads as well.
I've been using the same pads (RJL's) with both sets of wheels/rotors and have not had any problems at all. Been doing it for 3 years now.


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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-05-2006, 09:52 AM
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Buy an extra set of rims and rotors off the wera/ccs boards. It makes it a hell of alot easier to live with when you have two sets of rims.
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