How to change tires

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by MattG, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. MattG

    MattG LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Messages: 13

    I need to replace all the tires on my JD lawn tractor. The dealer wants almost $250 to do this:eek:

    My main question is how do I get the old tire off, and the new tire on the wheel? I don't want to damage the new tire with screwdrivers, and I can't find anyplace that sells "tire spoons", although Harbor Freight does have a small tire machine for under $30.

    I plan on taking a wire wheel in my die grinder to clean the inside of the wheel and possibly re-paint the rim to help the new tires seat. Then using the rope trick and a high volume compressor to get the tire bead seated.

    Any other suggestions or comments are appreciated. TIA
  2. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    buy yur tires where ever, take em to a tire shop and have em put em on. less hassle, safer. Slip ole Joe the tire geezer a 5'er as a tip! We do lawn mower tires where I work for 2.50 a tire if you just walk in with the tires and rims.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    northern tool has the minature tire spoons, but they are kinda exspensive, I have changed mine before and I like xcopterdoc 's idea lol
  4. MattG

    MattG LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Messages: 13

    Thanks for the idea about the shop. I asked a few shops and none can do a 5" wheel. It won't fit on their machine. I know a shop manager so if he could do it, he would. They don't leak to bad so I will call around some more.

    Thanks for the replies.
  5. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    look for gokart tire tools stuff like that they use that stuff on racing go karts and the stuff is fairly cheep jat

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