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Old 12-08-2010, 05:30 PM
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Default Having a hell of a time mounting a tire on a beadlock

I've spent the afternoon leaping onto an old MTR that I'm trying to mount onto my spare Trailready. I've got the bead like 60% on there but it just won't go any futher. I even stacked another tire/wheel on top to add weight and kept jumping. Nothing. Anyone have any bright ideas?
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Warm it up? The motorcycle guys swear that wam tires are much easier to deal with than cold ones.
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Mucho lube.
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Warm it up? The motorcycle guys swear that wam tires are much easier to deal with than cold ones.
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Warm it up like heated garage or like torch? Also, what kind of lube?
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soap and water works great for us!!
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soap and water works great for us!!
Yep, soap & water. Then stick something in the center of the wheel to use as a pivot (tire iron, etc) then use a large screw driver on that pivot with the tip of the screw driver under the tire bead to work it around until it pops down onto the wheel.

Dumb question, but are you sure the wheel and the tire are the same size? If it's a beadlock wheel then the tire should literally fall over the outer lip of the wheel where the lock bolts on.
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Yep, soap & water. Then stick something in the center of the wheel to use as a pivot (tire iron, etc) then use a large screw driver on that pivot with the tip of the screw driver under the tire bead to work it around until it pops down onto the wheel.

Dumb question, but are you sure the wheel and the tire are the same size? If it's a beadlock wheel then the tire should literally fall over the outer lip of the wheel where the lock bolts on.
Luckily I'm not dumb enough to throw a 16.5" tire on a 17" wheel . It's a custom trailready, so the ring was welded on, but it is a mofo. I'll give your method a shot.
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Get the tire warm in some sun tomorrow, soap and water.

I have slung a decent amount of beadlocks and am in town, if you'd like another eye, hit me up. 970-Four Twenty-Triple0 5

Maybe another set of eyes and some more HP could help.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:36 AM
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Supposedly the magic fluid for moto tires is WD40. It acts as a lube for the tire install but goes away so you get good grip between the tire and rim. Soap, especially dish soap, on the other hand sticks around and is reactivated as a lube whenever the tire bead gets wet making it easier for the tire to slip on the rim.

As for warming the tire, leave it in a closed car on a hot day should be hot enough. I wouldn't go near a tire with a torch or a heat gun.
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