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Bead breaker

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Offline homerboy2u

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Bead breaker
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:34:33 AM »
Excellent when changing tires in the  desert


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Offline OldJeepr

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 05:19:06 PM »
Looks like a handy gadget.  Wouldn't mind having one around for the small tires (lawn mower, utillity trailer, etc.), but when it comes to the big ones, I'd just as soon leave that pleasant task to the guys at the tire shop.

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Offline Undertaker

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 05:55:43 PM »
That's nice Homero, could have used that a couple of times in the wild.
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Offline 04LJ

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2010, 09:52:33 PM »
Gee I must be doing it wrong....... :willynilly: mine always break lose when I flatten one.
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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010, 12:09:15 AM »
thats cool, have any of you 4x4 guys ever had to do this?? im just curious if it really works

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Offline OldJeepr

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010, 10:04:39 AM »
Looks like it worked there, but appears to be a good way to be force fed a tire for lunch.  Pity the poor tire shop guy who goes to break it down and the residual wd-40 blows it up in his face.  I saw one explode one day because it had the old, flammable fix-a-flat in it.
Best way I have found to seat a bead is to put a ratchet type cargo strap around the tread and crank it.  It will compress the tread, forcing the sidewall out to the rim.  Quick shot of air to hold it, release the strap, and air it up.

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Offline homerboy2u

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WD-40 tire trick
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2010, 10:53:08 AM »
I have seen it done, but do take that trick ONLY as a last result....resource, :nailbitting:
« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 11:52:39 PM by homerboy2u »
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Offline Undertaker

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2010, 12:23:18 PM »
Nice trick, does work but be advised, WD-40 can or whatever pressure can you are using can explode, tire inflated hand gone you burned.   :nailbitting: 2nd Ratchet strap.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 05:20:58 PM by Undertaker »
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Offline Doc Savage

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Re: Bead breaker
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2010, 04:47:50 PM »
Seen that on the trail before. Personally prefer a ratchet strap and air tank. It's lot's safer.

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