Must-Have Tools For Changing Your Dirt Bike Tire

Tire changes made easy with these products we’ve selected.

Changing a dirt bike tire can really be a hassle, especially if you don’t have the right tools for the job. Most motocross and off-road riders dread it, and some readily admit it’s their least favorite maintenance task when working on their bike. Like anything else, practice and repetition are the best way to get better at it, but having the right tools and items to get the job done are very important as well.

Dirt Bike Tire Change Tools

We’ve compiled a list of products we recommend using when changing tires to make your life a little easier so you can avoid the sweat, frustration, and occasional bloody knuckles that sometimes come with a tire change. We’ve also included a video with Dunlop’s Jay Clark on how to change a tire so you can finish the job quicker and get back on the track or trail sooner rather than later.

MSR HP Tire Changing Stand Black

MSR HP Tire Changing Stand Black on white background.
Stop changing your tires on the ground with this tire changing stand from MSR.Amazon

Changing a motorcycle tire or dirt bike tire is a decently tough task requiring some strength and knowledge of how to avoid ruining your tire, tube, rim, and spokes. Make the job easier with this tire changing stand that brings the tire up to a comfortable working height. The MSR HP dirt bike tire changing stand allows you to change tires on rims as small as 10 inches with the reducer ring that is included.

Mechanix Wear Utility Work Gloves

Mechanix Wear Utility Work Gloves on white background.
Keep your hands safe from abrasions and bike fluids with these work gloves from Mechanix.Amazon

You can work on your bike without gloves on, but work smarter and safer, not harder and carelessly. Mechanix's Utility Work Gloves give your digits and palm the right amount of protection that you need, without losing finger dexterity and mobility when working with hand tools. Don't worry about getting them dirty because they are machine washable.

Motion Pro Valve Core Remover

Motion Pro Valve Core Remover on white background.
Drain the air from your tires with ease.Amazon

Often the most underrated piece of motorcycle tire changing kit, the valve core remover makes deflating tires and replacing the valve core a quick and easy task. The compact size of the Motion Pro valve core remover makes it easy to keep stashed on your bike or in a tool roll.

Motion Pro Spoon Type Tire Iron

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The Motion Pro Spoon-Type Tire Iron is an essential tool for an easy tire change job.Amazon

If you don't have the space or money for a dedicated tire changing machine, then you're going to have to use a set of tire irons. The spoon-type tire irons from Motion Pro are easy to use and long enough to ensure that you will have the right amount of leverage when getting your old tire off and new tire on the rim.

Dunlop MX33 80/100-21

Dunlop MX33 80/100-21 on white background.
Dirt Rider's Dunlop front tire recommendation for motocross.Amazon

You can put whatever tire you want on your dirt bike, but we recommend this MX33 front tire from Dunlop. It is great in soft and intermediate terrain and provides good feedback to the rider. The new block-in-a-block shape on the front increases surface area of the front block, while additional tread angles enhance grip, stability, and slide control giving you better responsiveness when grip is not ideal.

Dunlop MX33 120/80-19

Dunlop MX33 120/80-19 on white background.
Dirt Rider's Dunlop rear tire recommendation for motocross.Amazon

You can put whatever tire you want on your dirt bike, but we recommend the MX33 rear tire from Dunlop. They are great in soft and intermediate terrain and provide good feedback to the rider. The new block-in-a-block shape on the rear increases surface area of the rear block, while additional tread angles enhance grip, stability, and slide control giving you better responsiveness when grip is not ideal.

Johnson’s Baby Powder

Johnson’s Baby Powder on white background.
Keep your tube from chafing on the inside of the tire with something you keep around the house, baby powder.Amazon

Just like a baby in a diaper, your tube inside your tire will chafe and might end up causing a flat, stranding you out on the trail. One way to avoid the inner tube chafe is to use a lube or baby powder. We like to use Johnson's Baby Powder on ours, but any baby powder or cornstarch will do.

Motion Pro Bead Buddy II

Motion Pro Bead Buddy II on white background.
The Bead Buddy help keep your hands free when you’re fitting your new tire.Amazon

Spooning on a new tire is the hardest part of the job because the rubber is fresh, stiff, and doesn't like to stay in the drop center of the rim without help. The Bead Buddy hooks onto your spokes and keeps one side of the tire in the drop center, allowing you to spoon on the rest of the rubber.

Motion Pro 0-60 PSI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

Motion Pro 0-60 PSI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge on white background.
Now you never have an excuse not to check your tire pressure.Amazon

Your tire change isn't complete until you seat the bead and inflate the tire to the correct psi. Don't rely on the pressure gauge on the gas station air pump, and if you're using an air compressor, you definitely need this. If you also ride different kinds of terrain, make sure to adjust your tire pressure according to the style of riding.