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Bead breaking

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lochenjons, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. lochenjons

    lochenjons 1/2 ton status

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    I'm thinking I'm going to just dismount and mount my tires on my two new rims (got a 14b so 8 lug in the back now) myself instead of taking it somwhere. I've mounted tires before, a pain but possible. But last time I tried to break the bead of one of my old tires it would not come off. Any tricks or tools you recommend? Preferably tricks, I dont want to have to search around stores (I already have) or wait for somthing online
     
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    have another truck available? put a board on the tire right next to the bead area. Drive up it slowly with another vehicle, will do the trick. Make sure all the air is out first, of course.
     
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    take the stem out. lay the tire on its side under the rotor or drum with a board in between. slowly lower the jack so the onto the sidewall so the rotor/drum presses down on the board and tire.
     
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    Just as Mr. Sled dog says. Easy job!
     
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    I use a ramp, that you drive your car or truck onto to change oil, place the bottom of the end of the ramp onto the bead edge, slowly drive onto it, and poof, bead be gone! I've never had it not work. :)
     
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    High Lift jack next to bead works really well also.
     
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    I made a simple tool for this. Weld a heavy washer, that fits over a lug stud, to short piece of chain. Make sure that you can still spin on the nut.
    Then make a lever tool with a foot on it. One end of the tool has a slot to capture a chhain link. The foot has a shape that fits on the tire against the wheel at the bead. The other end of the lever has a tube for the Hi-Lift Handle to slide over or into.
    Remove on wheel nut & install the chain. Place the lever w/ the Hi-Lift handle in place against the tire & hook up the chain. Push on the end of the jack handle. Takes longer to describe it than to do it.
     
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    Don't do this if you actually care about the wheel.


    If you have a really really really stuck bead (I parked my BACKHOE on the last tire I tried to debead... didn't work. Neither did pressing it with either of the buckets). Use a rosebud tip on a torch to warm up the wheel lip.
    Then use one of the jack/driving/backhoe techniques... pops right off.
     
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    This seems like the easiest but wouldnt it just flip the tire and wheel on its side instead of keeping the wheel flat? iI've been meaning to get a highlift for awhile, once I do that will probably be my method of choice
     
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    Walmart mounts and balances for about 7 bucks a piece with new stem.
     
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    Do you mean don't use the tool I described building? Why not?
     
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    I think he meant his torch idea for really stuck beads
     
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    1st- Go to Sams Club and get a membership.

    2nd- Buy as much food as you can fit in your rig.

    3rd- Force feed your wife/girrlfriend until shes fat as h*ll, but not so fat she can't fit through the garage door.

    4th- Duck for cover and have her fat *ss sit on the tire. When you hear the pop its off the bead.

    5th- Make her dismount the tires and do all the work; she'll be on her way to workin off the weight....
     
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    I have tire plyers. Works great, but I wouldnt use it on aluminum wheels.
     
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    I've used the Hi-Lift, just be careful...
     
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    Is this from experience??:haha:
     
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    I tried this and it actually worked, barely. I was surprised how hard the bead held on. Then I tried it on another tire and it wouldn't work, I'm not sure why. I had to use the front of the truck because the rear was too light.
     
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    Haha,

    Naw, anything over 125lbs is outa my weight class... lol.

    I will admit I have used my girlfriends 2006 Buick Randevous to drive up on my tires and break beads before.
     
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    X2 but I don't use a board, just bare nekkid rotor on the tire (front axle).
     

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