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#1 K3522 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 11:46 AM

I am buying new 16 x 6.5 front tires from overstockwheels.com.

Any tips on installing on the rims.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 12:03 PM

Make sure the rims are clean, especially the beads. I always use a soap/water mix to get them on the rims, but they should go on with no problems. Try to make sure you get the tire bead down into the narrow part of the wheel as your mounting it.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 01:11 PM

I got a tip: Take em to your local dealer and let them put em on. Unless you have one of those little handy tire changers sold at places like harborfreight. I tried to do a set and gave up. For the little it cost me to have tires mounted at our local tire dealer it isn't worth the sweat in my opinion.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 02:23 PM

I got a tip: Take em to your local dealer and let them put em on. Unless you have one of those little handy tire changers sold at places like harborfreight. I tried to do a set and gave up. For the little it cost me to have tires mounted at our local tire dealer it isn't worth the sweat in my opinion.



I agree with George on this. I do my own,but I have the proper equipment,with makes it very easy,If I didn't,I would most likely take them to a shop and have them done.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 05:16 PM

I usually do them myself. Although many times during the process I wish I would have taken them in LOL.
Soapy water works really well. They should go on no problem

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 05:27 PM

I broke mine down for the Ford this weekend. Fun to get off and twice the fun to get them back on. My HF tire machine broke the bead fine, just had no way to hold wheel to take the tires on/off. I'm going to make something to do this. Maybe a piece of 5/8" all thread, a couple nuts, and something to mount it to.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 05:47 PM

I broke mine down for the Ford this weekend. Fun to get off and twice the fun to get them back on. My HF tire machine broke the bead fine, just had no way to hold wheel to take the tires on/off. I'm going to make something to do this. Maybe a piece of 5/8" all thread, a couple nuts, and something to mount it to.


I use the 5/8 all thread, a couple of nuts.....and lock the whole thing is a vise to hold it.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 06:06 PM

My vise is mounted to a rather movable table. I may plant a 4X4 to mount it to, then I can chase that tire round and round.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 06:18 PM

This is what I use to break the bead on tires.
Get a short 4x4 and cut it to a point.
Place on tire as shown.
Hit with heavy sledge hammer.
Do not miss the block of wood and hit your foot, it hurts.
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Soap and water solution or ATF fluid around the bead helps.

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Posted June 06, 2011 - 06:28 PM

Doug, you sound as though you have had experience with hitting your foot so I'll take your advice. I use the HF machine and so far it has worked fine. Just no way to attach these front rims to it.

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 08:55 AM

A couple tips. First, if you plan to paint the rims, do it AFTER you mount the tires, and before you air them up. I do strip & prime them before I mount them, though.

If you mount a 2x4 with a front door hinge, you can make a lever mounted to the wall. Just add a tapered block of wood about 24" from the hinge end. This works as a lever to push the bead down to break it.

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I also have holes in my work-bench for wood working. I take a bolt and bolt the rim to the bench to hold it in place.
This could be done with a block of plywood clamped to a bench. with a bolt through it.

Soap & water to lube the bead for both removal & mounting the new ones

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 09:14 AM

my favorite way to break beads is to hook the trailer onto my truck, then slide the tire under the jack on the front of the trailer and then crank the jack down on to the tire.

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 09:43 AM

Wow, I did not know putting new tires on was going to be a wrestling match. I think I will go to the local lawn mower repair shop.

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 10:14 AM

I don't have much trouble at all with new tires. I soap them, then the 1st bead goes on (front or rear tires) just by pushing them by hand. The last bead can be tricky sometimes, but not usually. It's getting the old tires off than can be a pain....that & getting some new tires to air up.
On new tires I like to cut pieces of wood long enough to barely get between the beads with them spread as wide as they can go. Do this a few days ahead of installing & they will keep much of that spread so that they will catch the rim & air right up. Those tires that come flat as a pancake are near impossible to air up tubeless unless you have them spread a few days.
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Posted June 07, 2011 - 10:16 AM

I stand the tire/wheel assy. up against an immovable object and use the tip of the forklift fork on the skid steer to break the beads. I have only one that was so rusted and rotten that the fork just went thru, but then i had access to cut the bead and get it off.

That wasn't one of the tires I sent to Kenny either.:laughingteeth:




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