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I need to mount a new tire, I have mounted many tires in the past just kneeling on them and get handy with two screwdrivers. They were nowhere near the size of this, with the width and low profile side wall i'm almost certain my way wont work. My plan is to bolt the wheel down to the work bench and muscle it on with soap and two pry bars. The bad tire is off just waiting for new one in the mail.Any thoughts welcome.

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P.S. I am not going to bring it to a shop.
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I need to mount a new tire, I have mounted many tires in the past just kneeling on them and get handy with two screwdrivers. They were nowhere near the size of this, with the width and low profile side wall i'm almost certain my way wont work. My plan is to bolt the wheel down to the work bench and muscle it on with soap and two pry bars. The bad tire is off just waiting for new one in the mail.¬*Any thoughts welcome.

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P.S.¬* I am not going to bring it to a shop.
For $20 I would have the shop fit it.
Yes you can "muscle" it on, may wreck/scratch the rim in the process. Now if you have a tyre changer, then thats different.

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you just bought a new 1800 for 20k+ and dont wanna spend 20 on a tire change xD funny there are lots of videos on youtube for big tires you may want to check them up
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Well if you are really determined not to take it to the shop , and do not have a tire changer.

You can break the bead with two sections of old 2 by 4, use one as a lever and a shorter section as a ram and wedge the lever under the back bumper of a pickup or something and push the ram down, that will break the bead.

I use spoon bars from Harbor Freight myself to mount a tire with. You can get them for like 9 dollars each and you need three of them. Then you would have them next time.

I have also learned a good set of gloves are good, cuts down on skinned fingers and a tire tool thrown across the garage. Lots of soap and it will slip off and on easy.

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Thanks for the replys. I really don't care about the $20, I just like to do the work myself when ever possible.

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http://video.google.com/videosearch?...ing&emb=0#

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...09776315225781

And a few more on this site. That rear is FUN!!!!. Front's pretty easy. Mine are harder yet with Smart Tire. I hope you have rim protectors, altho I've been known to use doubled up sections of a plastic jug before. I have the Mo-jo bar, and rim protectors, a H.F. changer, and 3 pro-spoons, and it's still not fun. I also use the NAPA rubber lube. (Ru-glyde?), but i think Dawn is about as good, and cheaper.

Some small chunks of wood are in order for the rear, especially. You'll see the need as you do the job. I'll try to find Fred Harmon's video of the way he utilizes the blocks.


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http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon On the middle of left column.

I don't know if I particularly like the use of silicone spray. That stuff stays slick for a long time, and it would seem like the tire would spin on the rim, in the first hard burn-out, or very hard braking action. A day later, it may not make any difference. Would be bad to get it balanced, and have it spin on rim, hence ruining the balance job.

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Thanks Oregon good info. Tom
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Thanks for the replys. I really don't care about the $20, I just like to do the work myself when ever possible.

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Tom, you are like many of us who would rather do it ourselves. Why spend money to have some slacker dropout do a poor job? I can do a poor job all by myself!

Seriously, the Harbor Freight tire changer (w/motorcycle attachment) is a good investment for us DIY types.



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