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seating a bead with ether

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Nike, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Nike

    Nike Registered Member

    Feb 17, 2000
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    Jefferson City, Missouri
    Read a post from yellowk20 about his accident and I offer my condolences. I noticed he said he reseated the bead on his tire with ether and a match. Anyone else ever do this? I have had problems seating a bead on a big tire before, this sounds easy, but I wonder if there is a chance of blowing up the whole tire. If anyone knows exactly how to do this let me know. Thanks Nike
  2. gmule

    gmule 1/2 ton status

    Apr 2, 2002
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    Conifer Colorado
    Ask Butch I know he has a funny experience regarding this method.
  3. Triaged

    Triaged 1/2 ton status

    Feb 21, 2001
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    CA (LA/OC area)
  4. Fletch79

    Fletch79 Registered Member

    May 14, 2003
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    Southern Wisconsin
    The linked thread covers it pretty thoroughly.

    Some of them seem like they're spraying alot of ether compared to me.
    Ether = can of starting fluid (incase it wasn't clear.)

    For big tires, 33" and up, I push the bead in and spray a quick 180-degree shot inside the tire, then spray a trail leading from the bead, down the side of the tire, and on the ground.
    Light the trail.

    Don't use the straw, if your can came with one.
    I've never taken valve cores out.
    Never paid any mind to them actually, worthy of caution, point them away.

    The tire will make a "Whooomp" sound as it jumps onto the rim.
    Air up to your desired pressure and go.
    Keep you fingers away from the bead as you air it up.
    It doesn't seal all the way from the ether.
    As it pressurizes, the tire will 'pop' into place all the way around with lots of force.
    It'll take a finger-tip if you unlucky enough to have one in there.

    For a smaller tire, I would use less ether.
    Start with what you think isn't enough, and repeat with a little more until it grabs the bead.

    A 99-cent can of ether will fix alot of tires, it's worth having in your rig.

    Hope this Helped.

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