replacing a tire on a 12" rim - Completed

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  1. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member

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    I got the old tire off - thanks to the two big "G" clamps, mostly. The tire irons helped a bit, so did one pry bar, not shown. Now I need to clean up the bead seats on the rim.

    And I especially need to let the tire relax back to a useful rim with at the bead seats. It got squeezed on the way over from China. I will allow multiple days for this relaxation.
     

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    I had to do the same to the new tires last time i put them on.
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I mount the tire and then put a ratchet strap around the tread to push the bead out in order to seat it.
     
  4. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member

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    well, I have a lot of ratchet straps - so if the sun treatment does not work, I know what to do :)
     
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    please tell me you used some sort of lube
     
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    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member

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    the new tire has not been mounted yet - it gets the sun-soak-relaxation treatment for a few days

    I will likely use dish detergent for tire lube
     
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    A tire shop would have done that for you for, probably, $10.
     
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    Where's the fun in that?
     
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    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    I do a lot of jobs on my own, for "fun". Manually breaking and mounting tires is not one of them.
     
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    All I have is C-clamps
     
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    There have been 4 revisions since "C" clamps. I heard that Revision "H" is on the drawing board.
     
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    I have a Harbor Freight portable tire changer that I bought just for the bead breaker part when changing motorcycle tires. The bead breaker comes in handy. I have used it to swap valve stems in my TT wheels twice.

    I do not use dish soap as a lube because some of it is chlorinated and can corrode metal, particularly aluminum.

    I use Murphys Oil soap as a lube.
     
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  13. Anthony Hitchings

    Anthony Hitchings Well-Known Member

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    I am retired , I have time to try a few of these things.
     
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    I have broken beads by letting the car rotor down on the side of the tire with a 2-4
     
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    When I was in high school I worked in a full-service gas station and later a truck tire shop. I've had enough "fun" with tires to last a lifetime. You haven't lived till you've fought with a split-rim off of a tractor-trailer rig.
     
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    This looks like fun[:D]
     
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    I broke the bead on mine by using a bottle jack. I put the base of the bottle jack on the bead, then put it under my truck and jacked. I pushed it down off the bead doing that twice. Worked easy. Getting the old tire over the rim was harder since I didn't have a good way to hold the rim down and get on it. I did it once for the experience, then just bought the tires mounted to rims from that point on. I learned a valuable lesson a few years back... never undervalue your own time. Money comes and goes, but time is a one shot deal... spend it on the things you truly value.
     
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    I tried the same bottle jack method (under my receiver) - the bottle jack slid out of position over the surface of the tire and did not work. Also, the POS jack's top retainer came out.
     
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    You can make a suitable bead breaker out of a few 2 x 4s
     
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    I grew up having a dad that owned a trucking company. I've split my fair share of tractor trailer tires. Being 168 pounds in 8th grade wasn't to my advantage lol
     
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