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#16 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 06:54 PM

I just put a couple 25x12 ATV tires on. Man, that's a bear of a job.
They go the rims easy, but getting them to even start seating is the challenge.
I guess the soft sidewalls is the issue.
Had to use 2 ratchet straps to spread them onto the bead.
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Posted June 07, 2011 - 07:12 PM

Whoa!! Sounds like a bit of a chore. A buddy of mine owns a NAPA/Speed Shop. When I buy my new tires for my 12 I think I may have him mount em for me. Didn't realize it was that tough a job.

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 07:20 PM

Whoa!! Sounds like a bit of a chore. A buddy of mine owns a NAPA/Speed Shop. When I buy my new tires for my 12 I think I may have him mount em for me. Didn't realize it was that tough a job.


Rear tires for your 12 shouldn't be that hard, if you get one of those harbor freight changers. Fronts are more of a challenge.
Great way to exersise your vocabulary.:smilewink:
Actually, I found the rears suprisingly easy. If you're not going to do alot, just take them to a shop.

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 07:24 PM

Rear tires for your 12 shouldn't be that hard, if you get one of those harbor freight changers. Fronts are more of a challenge.
Great way to exersise your vocabulary.:smilewink:
Actually, I found the rears suprisingly easy. If you're not going to do alot, just take them to a shop.


LOL

Like you said, its a great way to excercise your vocabulary :D
I'll get to do that this weekend for my estate keeper's tires


By the way....How much do those tire changers cost about?

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 07:25 PM

When I got the MF8 the fronts were rotten and one of them would not hold air. I could not get one of the beads to break. It was more or less welded to the rim. I ended up cutting the tire off with a jig saw and then soaking the bead in penetrating oil. Eventually I got the bead off the rim then cleaned and painted them. The new tires were a challenge to get back on. I ended up putting a 3/4" rod in my vise and using a couple of shaft collars to hold the wheel I was able to get the tires on using some tire irons. If I ever get new rear tires for the 314 they are going to a tire shop to be installed.

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Posted June 07, 2011 - 07:31 PM

LOL

Like you said, its a great way to excercise your vocabulary :D
I'll get to do that this weekend for my estate keeper's tires


By the way....How much do those tire changers cost about?


I paid $80 for one of those cheap ones from Princess Auto. Same sorta store as HF.
I like haveing it just for the convienience. Even if just to change a valve. I'm 1/2 hour from tire shop.
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Posted June 07, 2011 - 07:35 PM

I have the HF version. It will break the bead on front wheels, but has no provision for taking the tire off. It has worked fine on rear wheels (12").

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Posted June 08, 2011 - 12:19 AM

Fronts can be a bugger. I usually don't have problems with the rears tho. What I DO have problems with... TSC tubes. They are marked 12", but they are really for 8". :wallbang:

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Posted June 08, 2011 - 01:29 AM

This method of tire seating may have already been discussed here but it's still fun to watch...

Setting a tire bead with starting fluid


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Posted June 08, 2011 - 06:09 AM

I used that method a few days ago. Worked for me

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Posted June 08, 2011 - 06:19 AM

A lot of tires I have problems seating the bead on, have the 'new' valve stems that you have to leave the core in to air up. Then you can't get the volume of air needed to get them to seat. I usually just use a ratchet strap around the really tough ones.




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