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#31 holdenboy1960 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 16, 2016 - 07:14 AM

to use a car tire to help break the beads , we used them for many years with good success , we would drive on the side of the flat tyre  and then use a tyre lever  and hammer to drop the bead down then repeat it on the back side of the tire ,


but when i got the truck that made it even easier to do with 1 ramp on the side of the tyre then drive the truck on to it & mostly it broke the beads right off 1 go  


other wise i have a pinch bar with an angle shape chisel end on it about 20 odd" long & just use a block hammer with it in the beads to knock them down off the beads 


i'll try to get a pic during the week out bush of the bead breaker i made which is welded to a steel post in dad's shed now i've had it for 15 yrs now & still works good on any size up to 16" truck rims including split rims 

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Posted April 16, 2016 - 08:14 AM

Nice invention, I use a steel car ramp. Put it up on the tire as close to the bead as possible,then drive on it with the truck. Always works for me.

Hope you don't spill your beer!!

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Posted April 17, 2016 - 07:51 PM

No beer drinking for this guy.
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Posted April 17, 2016 - 11:56 PM

I really like your set up for breaking down tires, looks like it would do the trick.  I avoid cussing and cut fingers by using the Firestone store two blocks away...for $10 they will break down any pair of 12 inch rims/tires I give them.  I can usually install new tires myself.  I did let them install the 6-ply titans I bought tho...glad I made that choice.  with their machines it still took them 2 hours to put them on the rims and seat them, and only cost me $10 for the pair.


 I  use my bar clamps to break down smaller tires.  works good.  I also use wd-40  on the beads before hand...it helps to 'slip' the tires off the beads

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Posted April 18, 2017 - 12:03 AM

I made a tool from an 3 ft  leaf spring . I thinned down the end enough to slip it under the bead . Lay the wheel flat , slip the spring under the bead and a quick kick almost always breaks it loose . Then I use my tire irons . Works great .

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Posted April 18, 2017 - 06:36 PM

I woussed out and bought this.  Never been happier with breaking down tires now.

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Posted April 20, 2017 - 05:49 AM

A guy told me one time he uses his vehicle. Set it flat on the ground and drive onto it. Basically the same thought as above, just not the handwork. I haven't tried it yet.

Thats how I do it. 

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Posted May 06, 2017 - 05:08 AM

Nice invention, I use a steel car ramp. Put it up on the tire as close to the bead as possible,then drive on it with the truck. Always works for me.

that's darn good idea!

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