Adding Tube to tubeless rim

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by G.L. In Ont, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. G.L. In Ont

    G.L. In Ont LawnSite Member
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    Hello folks,

    I need to add a tube to a tubeless rim/tire assembly from my Thomas 25G Mini-skid (much like a Ramrod, Toro Dingo or Boxer). Not a full-size bobcat but smaller unit that you stand on the back of.

    The tire is an 8".

    Wondering if it is tough to insert a tube as I can't get the bead to grab. It's possible whatever poked a hole through the tire is large enuff that air is getting out and the bead is not grabbing because of that.

    Hard to put a tube in?
    Better to try again and get the bead to catch?

    Thanks guys, GL
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pull it off the Thomas and run it by a tire shop. The shop will get it to seat with the mounting machine. Then slime it and you should be good to go.
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  3. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Try putting a strap around the middle of the tire so the bead will bulge out to the rim, then try to air it up.
     
  4. G.L. In Ont

    G.L. In Ont LawnSite Member
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    Have gone the strap route before (several times) and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't ... this time it isn't seeming to work.

    Last time I did take it into a shop and it cost me $49. Just trying to save a little money and DIY it this time.

    Have bought the tube and am going to try it out tomorrow.

    Cheers, GL :drinkup:
     
  5. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well, there's this video I saw where the guys shoot lighter fluid in the tire, then light it. The spontaneous combustion blows the tire onto the rim.
    Just depends on how much you want to save money versus how much you value your own life and limb. :blob2::eek:
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    i predict 20 new cuss words and 10 tools thrown.:usflag:
     
  7. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't forget the skinned knuckles.
     
  8. Richard-TX

    Richard-TX LawnSite Member
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    30 years ago I was an a apprentice truck mechanic. Using ether was standard practice. Half a can made a decent mushroom cloud. You just had to make an ether trail 20' long to be back far enough. Ahhh the reckless good old days.
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  10. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sounds like WAAAAY too much fun. Wonder what OSHA would think???
     

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