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Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« on: October 04, 2015, 09:16:59 am »
One thing I like to do prior to a tire changing, is spread the bead with 2X4's and let it sit out in the sun for a couple of hours.  If the sun is not out, a hot automobile engine compartment helps.

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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2015, 12:44:59 pm »
Get the valve stem grabber, it is a life saver for me and includes a valve core remover.
A tire changing stand makes life so much better.
Use soapy water.
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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2015, 01:10:55 pm »
Use soapy water.

So I will use soapy water during removal, but not installation, as I feel that some soap (a lubricant) will remain and allow the bead to slip.  If I need an installation lubricant, I have used WD40 as it quickly evaporates.
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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2015, 01:15:18 pm »
Tire stand helps a ton. Longer tire irons. Put the tube in the tire first so you don't have to dick around with the valve stem. Warming the tire up helps. I lay mine in the sun. Baby powder in the tire so the tube doesn't chafe. My ice tire guy showed me a trick with tiedowns for the really stubborn tires.....


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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2015, 05:02:08 pm »
I use a heat gun to warm the tire when it's cold out. A heat gun costs $15 and has saved me countless work.

I also use something called a Tire Tamer to handle valve stem issues.   
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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2015, 06:18:59 pm »
i have no useful tips. haha.

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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2015, 08:07:00 pm »
I have one : make sure Andrew is around. Hahaha
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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2015, 08:27:48 pm »
I can tell you that a 6 ft cheater bar will not help your tire spoon when your bead is at the very last pull. It results in nothing more than misery, cursing, and a broken spoon
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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2015, 09:19:17 am »
Yeah, be careful with those super long tire irons, as it is possible to tear the tire bead.  And you don't want to do that.

I too like using localized heat, from a heat gun, on those stubborn areas.

What I need is a second rear wheel assembly, so that I can switch to knobby to trials in a few minutes.
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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2015, 12:12:49 pm »
I ran foam mousse for so long, it was awkward when I went back to tubes. I miss just muscling on tires without a care.

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Re: Post Your Tire Changing Tips Here
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2015, 08:58:12 pm »
if you are working hard you are doing it wrong.  keep the opposite side in the dish and the bead lubed. take small bites.