best way to break the bead on a tire

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ericg, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. ericg

    ericg LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am looking for input as to the best way to break the bead on tires that are used on the Walker mowers, both the drive wheels and tail wheel. Thanks.

    Eric
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use to use a bumper jack on the front of my truck, Now I have a slide hammer bead buster that works great. Take them to a tire store, They shouldn't charge much just to bust them down.
     
  3. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used my 250lb fat azz body to break the beads on my Z. Make sure you take out the valve in the tire valve.
     
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i bought a small tire changer at Harbor Frieght for like 40.00 it works good
     
  5. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just lay the tire down, set a 2x12 on the edge of the bead and drive my truck on it. this usually works on the first or second try.
     
  6. olyman

    olyman LawnSite Gold Member
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    as per restorob--jack on rim--jack under truck---pop the bead--then T I R E bars--why--because the edges are SMOOTH--------and then off with tire!!!!
     
  7. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
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    Daddy?
    What's a bumper jack?:laugh: :laugh:
     
  8. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LOL
    Ya these days its more like a Handy man farm jack.
     
  9. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Damn old guys and there efficent meathods :laugh:
     
  10. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you could always just cut the tire off
     

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