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Old 04-24-2003, 06:51 AM   #1
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Which is the best way to take the rubber off a rim and put new rubber on.(Big screwdriver pry bar etc.) I have never done this before as this is my first ATV so any tips would be gretly appreciated.Cheers
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Old 04-24-2003, 10:12 AM   #2
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IMO It is not worth the effort and the risk of damage to your rims/tires to take them off and mount them yourself. Haul'em down to the local tire guy and have him mount your new skids.
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Yeah. I think that's what I'm gonna do.
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Old 04-24-2003, 10:28 AM   #4
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IMO Before i had owned my repair shop i used to let all the air out of the tire and break the bead off the rim with the bucket of my bobcat, you can also do this by placing the tire next to you car tire and running over it SLOWLY!! the bead will eventually come off
once the bead is broke get a set of tire irons froma tire or parts store "usaually about 12 bucks a set" and work the tire off the rim then vice versa when putting on the new tire, You can use a big screwdriver but you risk damagiing the bead of the tire or the rim wich will cause the tire to leak so if you must use this wrap the end of the screwdriver in duct tape a few times and that will help

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this can be tricky so here are your choices

1 Take them to a tire shop and pay to have your beads popped back on

2 Air them up yourself and just maybey the tire bead will set itself

3 my least favorite and worst case scenerio spray a LITTLE BIT!! of stareting fluid in the tire on the rim, light it from a distance and WHAMMO the fuel burns and blows the beads onto the rim

*this is damgerous and even though ive done it a thousand times with bigger tires and car tires etc. i woul use it as a last choice on atv tires but i have done it and it does work


You could have it done but if you are like me you want things done now and if i have a set of rims ,new tires and no money to have them mounted of course ima gonna do them myself

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D@mn. I think a shop would be safer at the very least.

the lighter fluid method is Kinda like dropping rocks on a 7mm magnum shell to fire it when you are 13. Not a good idea, and lucky to live through teen angst...
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Take them somewhere, it's WELL worth it. I have NEVER had luck with that.
Breaking the bead from the old tires and getting them off is the hardest part, but putting the new tires on can be pretty easy.
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i had to take mine to a bike dealer,,, cost me 40 bucks just to mount 2 rear tires,,, no other tire place had the machine for such a small rim.. but i found out wal-mart sells and mounts atv tires so u might wanna check there first...
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worked for hours on mine back a few years, got tired of that real quick......shop down the street won't do it anymore, safety he says...so now I just buy mounted from rckymtn, yea I do have a lot of rims and tires around......wanna buy a few used ones??


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Yamaha wanted $50 to pull them off and mount new ones. local tire shop $15. check around
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Old 04-25-2003, 07:22 AM   #10
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I could use some extra rims...

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Cut the old ones off then....the new ones are easy to put on....
Lots of Soap and water.....
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hey guys changing tires is a snap! i would do it all day long for $20 a tire!!!the hardest part is breaking the bead. all you need is to break it down with a deasil pick-up truck. when i get to the seating the bead part i go straight for the ether can. i like blowing chit up though!! its not raelly that bad thuogh. 30 minutes and i can have em both done.
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nah just take em to wallymart, or buy a set of tires on the rims from RMATV. either way, you save yerself time danger and blood.

i kept my stockers on the rims so i could use em for sand. they are ready to go...



i've seen that starting fluid thing happen, and while it sounds cool, there aint enuf beer on the planet to get me to do that! LOL
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PPL you make it sound like me and raptorjoe are tellin shmoo to go blow up his garage, i feel i was fair with the warning about setting beads with ether BUT in the real world sometimes its not as easy as getting it done at a shop, what if you need your tires like now on your bike for a race tomorow, than it might just be worth the risk and to be honest if you are careful its not really dangerous at all, just my 2 cents i will never pay to have anything done i can do myself
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aw heck no steel, i'n not slammin ya. its just that for a younger with little experience this can be pretty dangerous thats all.
the kids often dont know the explosive capability of aerosols, etc, and if he uses too much and the whole deal comes apart, whats gonna happen next?
LIke I said, ive seen it done, and i wouldnt do it. but perhaps like you said, someday you may find yerself in a position where there is no alternative.... peace!
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i take em up to goodyear, they didnt even charge me for em!
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its faster for me to do it myself! i live 30 minutes from town one way. but i love it out in the sticks of mo
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My local shop was charging me 15 per tire (take one off, put one on) 10 just to put on. I figured it would be easier to due it myself so i went out and purchased a motorcycle tire changer from rocky mountain atv for 89.99 and a couple tire irons. I have done many for friends for 5 bucks a pop and that paid for the equipment, plus all the money i saved from DIY.
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We bought a ATV tire bead breaker from JC whitney for $30 or so. It makes it pretty easy compared to what some of you guys are talking about. You still have to put some muscle into getting the bead off. Putting the tires back on is easy. Just put some soapy water in a spray bottle and spray a little on the bead and it slips right on.
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anti freeze works very good to seal them, I tried using my truck to break the bead....it just broke my 2x4
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