MXA PRODUCT TEST:
SLIK DESIGNS CHANGING STAND WITH ZIP-TY TIRE CHANGING RING
WHAT IS IT? It’s a wheel-holding stand designed to facilitate tire changing.
WHAT’S IT COST? $189.00.
CONTACT? (760) 885-2737 or www.slikdesigns.com.
WHAT’S IT DO? Changing tires is one of the toughest jobs for a motocrosser, and it’s even more difficult for off-road racers with Mousse tubes. Imagine mounting a tire with an already fully inflated tube! AMA tech inspector and former Yamaha and Suzuki mechanic constantly changes tires in the field. He liked his Zip Ty tire-changing ring, but was tired of hunching over to use it. Slik Designs Manufacturing (SDM) innovator Rick Green came to the rescue and designed a prototype tire changing stand to mate with the Zip Ty Ring. Since the first prototype, Rick has refined the stand with input from guys who use it, including ISDE rider Kurt Caselli.
SDM’s Tire Changing Stand (with Zip Ty Ring) is designed not only to hold the wheel in place, but to keep rotors, spokes and wheels damage-free. The MXA wrecking crew is excited about any product that makes tire changing easier.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s what we found out about SDM’s Tire Changing Stand (with Zip Ty Ring).
(1) Damage prevention. The SDM Tire Changing stand keeps you from bending the brake rotor or sprocket, helps keep the bearings free of debris, and makes it easier to change tires without gouging the wheel with the tire irons. It does all of this by elevating the wheel to waist height.
(2) Adjustability. Whether you’re tall or short, you can raise the wheel to the optimum height to let you pry tires on and off your wheels.
(3) Transportation. Thanks to some crafty engineering, the SDM Tire Changing Stand (with Zip Ty Ring) fits into the same 20x20x6-inch box that the Zip Ty Ring utilizes.
(4) Stability. The free-standing tire changer has leveling adjusters so it will never wobble. If you plan on struggling with Mousse tubes, you may want to bolt it down to your shop floor or to a thick sheet of plywood to give it a bigger base (this is what Kurt Caselli does).
(5) Durability. The MIG-welded stand has a semi-gloss finish and sturdy hardware. We have changed dozens of tires on our stand and it still looks great.
(6) Place of Manufacture. The SDM Tire Changing Stand (with Zip Ty Ring) is made in the USA.
(7) Development. Rick is never finished making improvements. He has plans to make a workbench adapter available, as well as an engine stand.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Be sure to crank down on the height adjuster clamp. Otherwise, if a large force is applied directly to the top of the stand, it can slip down.
When you’re used to changing tires on a tailgate, this is a luxury item.