Got any creative ways to mount a tire?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by zz4guy, May 23, 2009.

  1. zz4guy

    zz4guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 901

    I've heard starting fluid method works good. I can't push my tire down enough for it to seal. It's a scag 6.5" tire.
  2. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    Use a piece of rope, with a loop at one end. wrap it around the center of the tread and pull tight, while inflating the tire. this should hold the bead against the rim enough to help set the bead.
  3. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    yes, starting fluid works around the bead, anything that is flammable that you can light, I don't recommend it because it can be dangerous.
  4. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,136

    both ways work
  5. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,734

    I'm guessing that your tire looks like this one ? If you have some time, what I've done in the past is take my bar clamps (2) so that they are pushing out and forced that tire out, let it set over night and then mount it.
    You can also try using grease on the rim, it will help seal the tire to the rim, but this way can be messy.
    Along with the rope trick, a ratcheting tie down will also work. Unless you have a fire extinguisher near by, I'd stay away from the starting fluid idea

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  6. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Put a tube in the tire while off the rim and leave it sit in the sun a couple days. Deflate and remove tube. Install tire.
  7. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Ratchet Strapps!

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    the starting fluid way looks really cool on youtube
  9. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,734

    I like cool stuff....And the link is ?????????:hammerhead:
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  10. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,247

    I'm assuming from the replys you've gotten that the problem you're dealing with is getting the bead up on the rim, not getting the tire on the rim. There is a tool available called a Cheetah(cheater) that consists of a 5 gallon tank holding 125 psi with a high volume outlet. It is held close to an opening between the rim and bead, then the air within is released. They aren't cheap, $145, but if you're into a high volume of tires it might be valuable. Personally, I have just about as much success with an unrestricted air gun and 150 psi of pressure. I surround the tire with my left arm and hold the tire against my body, squeeze, then give a blast of air between the rim and bead. If I give the bead a coating of Liquid Film my success is even better as the bead will be forced a little higher on the rim. Your mileage may vary.


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