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Changing tires by hand.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BadDog, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Wow! Those TSLs are really holding to those 15x10s! I'm starting to think that the 15x8s I ordered are going to be too narrow. I may never get them broken down once mounted! [​IMG] With no valve stems in the wheels, I pulled my back tire up on the TSL, and it just sat there. Jumping on the truck didn't help. So, I took the hi-lift, centered at the back of the frame, and jacked both back tires off the ground, still didn't pop the bead. With both back tires off the ground on a hi-lift (yes, I was carefull and stayed clear) jumping on the frame was not an option. I guess there is just not enough weight back there without a body. I broke my boards I was using as a ramp while fooling around in the back, and the front does not have the clearance to use the hi-lift on the big wide 42", so my day ended with no progress on unseating the tires.

    Tomorrow I'm going to drop by Home Depot to pick up a couple of landscaping timbers for ramps. I started to just drive a front tire up on it but I was concerned that I would damage my new tires. [​IMG] I found a place locally that sells the hand tools (tire hammer and tire irons) for mounting big rig tires (about $150+ for the whole setup) so I may get that just to have it. I'm hoping to find a set of those Ausi "tyre plyers" though.

    So, much for my first attempt at changing 42" TSLs by hand. [​IMG] Anyone tried the "tyre plyers" (or however they spell it)?

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
  2. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    I don't think those will work for that size tyre mate, but I'm not sure...[​IMG]

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  3. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Just guessing, your talking about the tyre plyers. [​IMG] I thought they worked on anything from car tires to the big out-back trucks. Or are you just making fun? [​IMG]

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
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    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    Let me know how it goes w/ either setup 9big rig stuff, or plyers) cause im getting sick and tired of mounting and balancing tires at the shops, gettin too expensive.

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    I had a set of 36/15/15 Cepeks mounted on a set of 8" wide rims. I couldn't get the tire to fit the bead-braker at work (tire was too big). So I got creative with it [​IMG], I let the rack down on it, then let the rack down on it with a car on the rack, then tried the same deal with the 4-post alignment rack, then I tried b!tching about it, still couldn't bust the bead. I had to send the tires out to a tire-shop with better eqiupment than we had at the time. (I did chew-up the bead area on one of the tires., but it was still usable)

    BTW, I don't care how meny times I see tires spelled like tyres. That just doesn't look right, so I'm sticking with- tires.
    Call me a rebel- [​IMG]

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    man Those tools should work. I can change any kind of automotive or heavy equipment tires with those kind of tools its kinda fun but would not want to do it for a living.
    colin

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    Tire hammer and bars is the only way to fly when mounting or dismounting tires.
    I have done hundreds of semi tires and quite a few smaller rig tires with them.
    I can have a truck tire off and a new one one in less than 5 minutes.
    Of course seating them is another story, I use a blast cannon at work, but have used ether on quite a few occassions.
    My buddy made a cannon from a semi air tank and cut out and welded a 1 1/2 pipe on it, a large gate valve and 120 psi
    seats them real quick. he had to make a flange for the end so it spreads the air. if you go to a place that sells the hammer and stuff they should have one. look it over and make yer own. My buddy's cost $30 to make.

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    Hehe, I don't think I'll have too much trouble seating the 42s on 8" wheels. Problem, I think, will be wedging those puppies on there. The 8" wheel is really going to suck in the side walls. We'll see.

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Well, I decided on the extra-narrow wheels to help avoid the need for bead locks. With the trouble you went through, and what I experienced yesterday, who the heck needs bead locks!!! [​IMG] Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not the same driving a 4000+ lb pig, turning, twisted up, and on the gas...

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     

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