Best tire spoons for removal and installation

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    I want to get some spoons, and stuff I can carry in my mechanic kit for when I go offroading. Curious what spoons are best for this sort of thing. Also tricks to pop the bead... I see videos of people jacking up with tire under frame. However, not sure how practical that is with my truck.
     
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    Living in the wilds of south west Texas where just getting to my house constitutes 4 miles of what most would call off road, I'm thinking in my experience here you would be better off with a good plug kit and an extra spare. When I get a flat that requires the tire to be broken down typically the tire is unrepairable. Here we carry two spares, when you put the first one on, it's time to head home and hope that the second gets you there. Our two problems here are mesquite and greasewood punching holes that can be plugged, and rocks that punch a hole you can stick 3 fingers in, then it's time for a new tire :(
     
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    I have a plug kit as well... quite invaluable. Partly i want the spoon kit for home use as well. The tire shops are getting overzellous with their safety concerns. Demanding sale of unnecessary tires. Kind of want equipment so I can do more tire work at home. If it doubles well for trail all the better :)
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    In that case check out https://www.alltiresupply.com/collections/mount-demount-tire-tools/mount-demount-tools_tire-spoons

    I think this place has about every tire tool available. Be aware that working with spoons can be a PITA and if they get away from you can hurt like hell when you get hit with one! Don't ask how I know that :)

    Breaking the bead will be the hardest part, using a jack works well but you need be able to hook the jack to something.

    I know what you mean about tire shops too, there is one within 60 miles of me and won't order in or install tires you bring in, shop policy crap, so I fixed that with this and now get all of my tires from Amazon or Ebay.
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    I was using a Harbor Freight manual machine, which for the money works well, but I'm getting too old for yanking on bars, so stepping on a pedal and having air do the work is a plus for me!
     
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    Oh my gosh.. I want one of those mechanical tire stations! I am going to keep my eye on ebay now.

    Curious how do you balance them? Do you use a bubble level or take them in?

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    I use a Harbor freight bubble balancer, works great.

    Keep an eye out on local craig's list for the tire machine. I got lucky and found this working Clark unit for $300 in Dallas, and had a friend check it out and bring it down for me, about a 10 hour drive! Clarks are nice as they are still in production and all parts are available.
     
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