PRODUCT: Ty Davis has always been a stickler
for never selling anything that he wouldn’t keep in
his own shop, truck, toolbox or fanny bag. With this
in mind, he’s also a guy who rides dirt bikes a lot and
therefore mows through tires. The constant changing
of rubber, his influences from ISDE racing, and the
fact that he’s danced with obstinate bib-mousse tire
changes brought to the table his brand-new DGTT
([Darn] Good Tire Tool) tire-changing system. There
are no complicated cams, levers or twisting parts to be
assembled. The DGTT is designed to be simple, minimal and heavy duty. This is a race-quality tool, 100 percent made in the USA and uses leverage and the design
to overcome the drama of changing a dirt bike tire.
The tire-changing system has a very strong bead
breaker, includes the floor stand and a trailer hitch
mount, a beadlock wedge tool and all sizes of axle spac-ers. It’s adjustable for wheels from 14 to 21 inches and is
head-treated and powdercoated.
POSITIVE: First of all, the DGTT is heavy duty,
well-planted and gets you off the ground when you’re
changing tires. Once you set the wheel size (an easy
adjustment), select the proper axle insert and toss the
wheel onto the unit. The actual tire-changing process
changes little. You still have to loosen the rim lock,
remove the air valve and then break the bead. This is
where the generous floor stand and good leverage via the
bead-breaker arm really come into play. The proper balance and height let you attack the tire in a standing position, levering the bead off, removing the tube and then
flipping the wheel to use the bead breaker once again to
lever the tire off the wheel. You can see why Ty loves the
machine, since it allows him to both remove a mousse-equipped tire far easier since he uses the breaker bar to
force the tire and mousse off the rim.
Installs are easier, mainly because you’re up and off
your knees, though you can use the bead breaker to keep
the bead dropped in the center, which allows you to then
lever the tire onto the rim. Zip-Ty’s beadlock tool easily
fits into a designed slot and makes for a quick lever to
depress the rim lock and allow the tire to drop into its
proper place. Once again, according to Ty, installing a
mousse is a much more manageable ordeal, though we
have yet to try it out yet.
NEGATIVE: No real dilemmas here, but the $340 price
tag is a shade steep for even the most hard-core of riders.
The older the rider, the easier it is to accept the price tag,
and, of course, it’s a natural tool for shops, since they’ll
be more than likely to change a decent amount of tires.
The only other possible gripe may come with the lack
of trickery when it comes to actually performing the job. CONTACT: www.ziptyracing.com
There is no magic; the Zip-Ty DGTT makes changing tires
easier and allows leverage to be your friend. But, you still
have to do the work.
BOTTOM LINE: We go through quite a bit of rubber
here at DB, and the Zip-Ty DGTT has inched its way from
a unique device to a mainstay in our arsenal of tools. The
more you use the tool, the better you are at recognizing
its strengths, and we’ve come to rely on its simplicity,
leverage gains, and how it gets us out of the dirt and into
a stronger, more comfortable attitude in order to perform a
task that we loathe. Thanks, Zip-Ty! ❏
DGTT TIRE TOOL