"Just replaced the tires on our Xterra with some really nice Coopers. Whenever I can I like to get a new tool and try stuff myself, so:
I built a simple bead breaker using an RV leveling jack and a scrap of 2x2. I cut the foot down for a smaller "press" and put duck tape on it to protect the tire. I inserted that into the receiver hitch andi t works great, just cranked it down with an impact and the bead popped right off. It's dual purpose, I can put it on the back of my offroad trailer to use as a leveling jack so when it's not hooked up to the Jeep it will not tip backwards when I move stuff. Breaking beads was easy with this, and it's fun to make tools.
I bought a bubble balancer and some weights, it's easy to use. You level the bubble, put the tire on, put the weights on top of the tire wherever it's light until the bubble is centered then stick the weights on. Super easy.
I bought two Harbor Freight tire irons and used them to take two tires off the wheels and mount two others. Total B***h , not worth DIYing. I gave up after two and had the others done at King's Tires on Federal. I'm glad I have the skill set now, should I have to boot a tire on trail I can (it that ever comes up) but it is soooo not worth the time and effort to do this at home."
I really liked those tire when I had em. Got close to 60k on them. Great traction on everything except ice.