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#1 GTpicker01 OFFLINE  


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Posted September 25, 2014 - 02:30 PM

Any tips for mounting new tires on freshly powder coated rims? I really don't want to scratch them up.

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Posted September 25, 2014 - 03:11 PM

Split an old garden hose length wise, and cut it to fit for length around the perimeter lip of your rim. I'd do it for both sides of the rim, so you won't take a chance on scratching the down side while trying to get the tire started on the upper side. 

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Posted September 25, 2014 - 06:04 PM

Interesting I ordered a mini tire changer from harbor freight too hoping that will make it a little easier to do.
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Posted September 25, 2014 - 07:07 PM

I have a harbor freight mini tire changer and i have to say it's just ok. Have found it to be much more useful dismounting tires then actually mounting them. One thing is mounting it to something sturdy, we bought a piece of thick walled  2"x2" square tubing off the short rack at a local weld shop and put in a truck hitch.  Mounted in a 4wd pickup it makes for a nice working height and a handy tool bench will always be close at hand.





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Posted September 25, 2014 - 07:22 PM

Lay the tire(s) outside in the sun to let them heat up before mounting them. The heat will make the rubber more plyable.

I do this with motorcycle tires and it really helps!.

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Posted September 25, 2014 - 08:41 PM

My personal solution is simple: don't do it and have a pro do it.  :rolling:


I hate tires.  I could probably save a whole heck of a lot of money doing tires, but I just plum hate them.  Every time I try I screw them up.


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 12:00 PM

The smaller ones always pith me off.

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Posted October 01, 2014 - 02:32 PM

I use the no-mar mount / demount bar (if is a bit pricey) but I do a fair amount of MC tires and some the rims are quite pricey.  I'm not sure how well Troy's solution will work, seems like there would be a good bit extra to get over the rim.  I've used masking tape in the past around the rim.  I use a tire paste on the top edge of the rim and on the back side of the bead not on the bead it's self.  You should be able to just about push on the bottom bead over the rim,  The fun starts when you put the top bead over the rim.  Keep the bottom bead and the top portion of the top bead that has slipped over the rim in the center or drop zone.  If you go to No-mars video page and scroll down to the How to part they have some excellent videos on changing tires of course they are using their equipment but it will give you some good ideas on what you need to do.  Good Luck.

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Posted October 01, 2014 - 05:31 PM

Start putting the tire on the backside of the rim first, just in case.

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Posted February 17, 2015 - 12:35 PM

I have a miserable time mounting small tires.  When I had the local tire shop mount a BX front tire they clamped a vice grip to the rim and then worked their way around.   Last week I was tried to mount an old dead tire on a 6" rim and recalled what they did.  It worked for me too.


Mounting the tire from the back side makes a lot of sense.


The best tool I found for bead breaking is the Beadbuster XB-450.  When all the old tricks fail it just works but they are $100.  I don't have any interest in the company.

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Posted February 17, 2015 - 02:09 PM

I actually used the small tire changer from harbor freight. Soaped up the tire real good and covered the tire changing tool with electrical tape and it worked like a charm.
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Posted February 18, 2015 - 07:53 PM

Good idea on the garden hose , glad the tape trick worked as well. I got tired of "wrasslin" my GT tires around on the garage floor , nine times out of ten couldn't get em to break loose, most of the time the ones on the rims were junk and I had to cut them off, big PITA or off to the local tire shop. Ten dollars a pop plus half the time a P.O. would have loaded em up with Slime, Fix-a-Flat or some other wonder cure all, tire places get peeved when that shtts' in the tires and out it comes during demounting 😡. So I purchased one of these off of eBay , very pleased, it works flawlessly , made in USA , yes a little more money but it well on its way for paying for itself, some off the best money I've spent for my shop.

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Posted March 07, 2015 - 05:19 PM

Well that is why I paint all my rims powder coat looks good but I scratch them up also .So I prime and paint inside mount tires then paint outside and inflate. Better for me.
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