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Decided to mount my own tires tonight

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by garlicbreath, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    I decided since I hate paying anyone for much of anything except for a good meal, I would try to mount some tires myself today.
    Rims=Free
    Tires=free
    Hammerdrill= borrowed
    Steel=free in garage already
    Time start to finish= 5 hours


    It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be, and the tires were frozen with ice rings inside.
    Warm tires go on so much easier!

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    Little more detail on the process??? I did mine with a friend, 2 pry bars, and some lighter fluid (tried other ways, last resort, we were as safe as possible).
     
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    I made the stand in the middle picture, just about knee height for leverage, then bolted a rim to it.
    Lots of soapy water, and the first bead almost fell on.
    Second one I had to lean on it with both knees and use my pry bar to pop the tire on. It's just like doing a bike tire, but harder if that makes sense.

    I made the stand out of 1/4 wall square tube I had laying around and some scrap plate.

    Having the rim just at or a little below knee height made it pretty easy, I was able to almost "throw" the tire at the rim to get the first bead on.

    And when I went to set the bead, I squated down with my knees under the tire, pushed up with my knees, and pulled up with my hands to seat the bead.
    Not sure if using a CO2 tank set at 160psi helped but it worked.

    Also put a few OZ's of BB's in each one as an experiment. I know they work in my 37's, but wanted to see if they work on , what are 235's? 29s?

    So well see, the truck was free, the tires free, rims free, and it was good for a skip the gym day.
     
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    So the 5 hours included the making of the mount? Otherwise doesn't seem worth it to me.
     
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    I mounted every tire that I've gotten for about 2-3 years. 40" boggers, 235s on wifey's Cheep and my Blazer, the 33s on the 'burban, who knows how many others. Only special tool is a bead breaker. Two prybars, soapy water, the ground and some leverage. Only thing that sucks is not getting the balanced. All are fine but my Blazer, starts to shake at 70.
     
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    Yup, 5 hours included drilling 4 half inch holes in the floor, making the mount, everything. Each tire only took maybe 15 minutes. And I used BB's to balance. We'll see how they work on smaller tires. They work great on my swampers.
     
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    Is rust not an issue with the BB's?
     
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    I would imagine it could be if the truck sits for a long time, but this is my winter driver, and bouncing off eachother probably acts like a tumbler anyways.
     
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    These are the rims and tires I did.
    HUGE difference in the way the truck looks now.
    Free truck, free rims, free tires, and free mounting and balancing!
    Now thats what I call a winter driver!

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