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What equipment does it take to change and balance tires?

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Oct 20, 2016, 10:49 PM

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I was interested in starting a small business in Central America that just sells, changes, and installs new and used tires.

I really needed to know exactly what equipment I will need to send over to Central America. I know I need a Tire Changer and Tire Balancer but I know nothing about these and upon a few google searches I see there are many different kinds but I do not know what the differences are between them. Someone please tell me the differences. I need to be able to change low profile tires, regular car tires and suv and pick up tires.

I know I need replacement valves, plugs, patches, balancing weights(inter and outer)... But besides that Im not sure.

Can someone please help me?

Much appreciated.

(This post was edited by HelpPlease on Oct 20, 2016, 10:54 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 20, 2016, 11:32 PM

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Believe it or not there's a lot to know about tires, tire changing, balancing, patching, tubes tires, valve stems and add "tire pressure monitors" and more.
What's with "inner and outer tire weights?" Some stick on some grip to rims.

Some tires are directional. Some vehicles require all tire wear matches as does the size.

Perhaps you should work (apprentice) at an existing tire shop for some time to see the assortment of problems that you'll deal with and I'm Very serious.

You'll need torque specs for lug nuts and spare lug nuts. The equipment to remove lug nuts with lost keys. Be able to fix broken studs and or lug bolts or have an arrangement with a shop that does that.
If you plan to deal with whole vehicles not just people bringing you rims for doing tires you must be prepared for things that will happen. Wheels stuck to hubs, broken brake parts because you touched it and so on.

In short - it's lots more than putting a tire on a rim and balancing it. Add to that you need to know you tire sizes and what it means to the vehicle and will it work and be able to be aligned which is hand and hand with new tires IMO so have that available to you as well. If you did all this work you are into it for monster money in equipment and a comprehensive understanding of a tire itself. Used you better learn how to know what it good and what is trash even when it looks OK,


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Oct 21, 2016, 1:02 AM

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I meant the weights that stick and the ones that grip but I was under the impression that the ones that sick or the ones that are used on fancy wheels were placed inside the tire.

Im just the one exporting everything to start the tire place and Ill be exporting all the tires and any other equipment needed to keep the place running after that the guy on the other end will handle the rest.

This is why I needed to figure all this out.

Thank you for your time and if you could let me know what equipment is needed in the shop that would be great.

Im in a really bad situation right now and I really need this to fix it all. I need to rebuild my life and this is how I want to do it. Please someone help me.

And thanks in advance

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Oct 21, 2016, 1:58 AM

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OK - I think I get what you want to do. Have you just found out what brands are going to be available and serviceable to you and end users? If no other name the "Snap-On" tool company would have everything for equipment.

Others as well you need to find out by your location who will do what. If selling this stuff wholesale you should be buying it that much less. This part of the biz you negotiate what will work like anything.

High guess you are going to be buying on their money for a period of time then pay in full by a certain time or payments and if a middle man be able to offer this also.

This total part of the biz isn't and wasn't what I ever did. Almost and thought about being a tool dealer starting with a chunk of money then you get a full supply of what you are going to sell then begin paying for it by custom agreement but have to have proven you have space and can sell.

The end user for equipment is then your deal with them paid for by the consumer who wants the tires, services and products.

Contact the manufacturers that will take care of you for your area.

This site isn't set up for what I think you are looking for. Even within one state (this site is mostly US based) what you can even do or store where will vary greatly so you really need to know your local situation very well.

Good luck. You may find out it's not as practical or possible for you starting out from scratch,


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Oct 21, 2016, 3:48 AM

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OK, to address your questions about the equipment.

There are many, many different types and stages of tire machines and most of the difference has to do with what they are capable of doing. The tire market has changed pretty dramatically with the move to low profile tires. These type of tires require some very advanced equipment with additional air powered arms and tools to be able to force a tire as stiff as these are to get it off the rim. Without this expensive equipment, there will be many tire and wheel types that you just won't be able to do.

Many of these things apply to the balancers also to be able to adapt and mount some of these odd sized wheels. Some of the higher quality "Road Force" balancers are designed to measure additional forces that normal balancers do not.


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