MXA TEAM TESTED: MOOSE PORTABLE TIRE CHANGER
WHAT IS IT? The Moose portable tire changer is a simple and affordable way to make it easier to change flats and put on new tires.
WHAT’S IT COST? $99.95.
CONTACT? www.mooseracing.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Moose portable tire changer.
(1) Assembly. When MXA received the Moose portable tire changer, it was in a very small box for how big it would eventually become. When we opened the box, we were surprised to find that all the pieces of the puzzle were included—and most of the pieces were put together, but they were backwards or upside down to make them fit inside the box. Against our natural inclinations, we were forced to read Moose’s detailed instructions. The words and photos made the product easy to assemble.
(2) Features. The Moose portable tire changer is simple and practical. The legs have quick-release pins, and the body has a quick-release T-bolt that allows it to be disassembled for storage. There is even a container on the stand to hold your tire irons and small parts. A double-threaded rod can be for big- or small-axle diameters. The Moose portable tire changer also comes with a mini reducer wheel ring to set small wheels on, plus a wingnut secures the wheel in place when working on it.
(3) Adjustment. The Moose tire changer adjusts in height from 26 to 36 inches to accommodate your personal tire-changing technique.
(4) Stability. The base of the stand is moderately wide and provides adequate stability; however, it was not wide enough that we didn’t have to step on a leg to hold the changer in place. This is common with most tire changers.
(5) Performance. This is a basic tire-changing stand. It makes changing tires easier, which is what you want out of a tire-changing stand. One of the only issues we had was that the threaded rod would slide up a little when the wheel was tightened by the wingnut.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Three quibbles: (1) When the wheel was tightened down, the center rod would slide up. (2) A rubber-coated top ring would be a nice touch. (3) We would like the legs to be wider for more stability.