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I didn't believe it but here it is. Works every time..

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your right, i wouldn't of believed it if i hadn't seen that myself

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Used to always set the bead on big truck, 4x4 tires like that. Too hard the other way.

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ive been doing that for years. Usually always got to do iton my 14.5 trailer tires. The trick is to spray the starting fluid on it first all the way around the insidelike he finally figured out and some wooden matches to toss on it. Warning If it dont work the first time make sure the fire is out inside the tire before you spray more ether. JB

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I watched a tractor mechanic in wyoming do that with a backhoe tire. He used a LOT of ether.

Now, mind you, the rim alone weighed about 80 pounds, and the tire around 200. When he flicked his bic, the whole unit jumped about 4 feet in the air.

While I squealed with laughter like a little girl (screaming do it again, do it again!) he said "my boss dont like it when I do this..."




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Oh so tempting!

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I guess I have led a sheltered life because I have never seen that done before. I have done some real gyrations trying to get the bead seated lots of times. I gonna try that next time!

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It all depends on the size of the tire - thickness of the rubber, your pretty safe just check your air pressure after the WooooooooP.

Wheel barrel to big tubeless tractor tires it will work, just do not get impatient and let the rubber cool after each attempt or you will start a fire.

On big rig tires many use a portable air tank that has been modified to let the air dump out of a big pipe all at one time at the flip of a valve. Makes one heck of a noise and blows crap everywhere. If you have a hard time with one and do not want to try the WoooooooP go by your local truck stop and ask them about the noise maker.
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And everyone called me an idiot for using ether!You just have to be careful not to use too much.

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I have been doing it for years. Have mounted tires on heavy equipment that way. It is not the safest thing. And while we are on the subject.

DON'T TRY THIS WITH A MOTORCYCLE TIRE!!!!

I don't think there is enough side wall to hold it on. It would probably blow the bead right over the wheel. That is when people get hurt.

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