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Old 05-11-2019, 10:32 AM   #1
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Any advice on pulling and mounting new rubber myself? Got 4 new tires, two heavy duty truck tire irons, a 1" impact wrench a stem tool and some tire snot.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:41 AM   #2
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Any advice on pulling and mounting new rubber myself? Got 4 new tires, two heavy duty truck tire irons, a 1" impact wrench a stem tool and some tire snot.
the tire shops have heavy duty cages to protect workers and equipment when they inflate truck/bus tires enough to set the bead - I've seen those cages bent into the shape of a soccer ball when the rim blew off the retainer or the tire exploded - when I see someone inflating a big tire without it being in a cage, I stand well back
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:44 AM   #3
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As much as I ***** about "professionals," and why you should DIY, I take passenger tires to a shop with a machine. I tried that once. Not wasting my time again. Truck tires? Whoa there, buddy!



And then there is balancing. Of course they might not balance them correctly, being they are "professionals", but how would you even begin to try to do that yourself?


I took an old dry-rotted 44 tire off the rim I just happen to be looking for (that I found on the 44 road hours from pavement). I used a zaw-saw. The metal cutting blade took a bit to cut through the hardened steel ring encased in the rubber at the edge, but after 20 minutes, I got it!


But if you figure that all out, more power to you. Good luck!
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:48 AM   #4
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I'll make a video. It can't be that hard.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:12 AM   #6
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busting the bead off the rim can be one of the most difficult parts. many ways to do it, many ways that dont seem to work...... look up "drop center" take the tire off the rim where the drop is closer. I get a tire stuck on a rim once because I was not paying attention and started to take the tire off the side farther away from the drop. cost me hours fixing that one. I still change tires by hand, because I can, it seems to amaze others for various reasons, practice.

go buy the air chuck that clips on the valve stem. that way you dont have to stand there to air up the tire. If you cant cage the tire, bolt the wheel on bus fist, that will at least contain the wheel. do not stand over the tire when beading the wheel please dont do that. The horror stories about the guy lifted up into the roof and crushed are true.

you can balance by using balancing beads, I prefer rim weights. Both ways work.

watch those tires tools, when they flip back, you can loose teef, and slit lips, knots on your forehead..etc.... ask me how i know, go on, ask me..... wait, hold it. I know nothing, i see nothing, I tell everything....
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:29 AM   #7
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If you're talking about replacing 10r22.5 or 11r22.5 tubeless tires then I can tell you this: it's a breeze compared to smaller tires!

With the wheel laid down and deflated I was able jump up and down on the sidewall to break the bead. It took maybe 2 or 3 hops.

Prying the tire over the rim takes some effort, but still way it easier than a smaller tire.

When putting the new tire on you can mostly just employ the jumping routine again! A bit of dish soap does wonders.

Setting the bead can be a bit tricky. I had 2 tires that needed nothing but proper positioning and the air compressor to seat them.
For one tire I tried the ratchet strap method. It worked, but was slow. For the last three I built one of those air blaster things out of an old air compressor tank. It works wonders.

I was hesitant to do the job at first. Now I'm glad I did. I feel confident that I could do the job on the side of the road with the tools I usually carry with me
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:43 AM   #9
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And, yes, when seating the bead make sure you are using a clip-on air chuck and standing way far away! Maybe even chain the tire to a tree so it doesn't knock a plane outta the sky.
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