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Bead a tire with starting fluid
« on: February 27, 2010, 04:45:03 PM »
HaHa.  Set my beads with starting fluid, caught this one on video.  I shot my valve stem across the room.  This is after many successful attempts.  I think the bead caught the nub of the stem.  Any way I put a new stem in, and its rolling.   36x12.50 on 15" with 12oz of airsoft and 5 seconds of starting fluid.

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010, 10:26:17 PM »
nice video
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010, 11:45:54 PM »
how much of a difference do u notice with the airsoft??

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 05:16:05 AM »
how much of a difference do u notice with the airsoft??

So far no difference,  I'll take it on a little trip today and report back

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 06:58:05 PM »
i have done this before, sorta scares me.....  i never put enough in the first half dozen times or so lol..... 
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 08:27:21 PM »
Try airing up those damn frogger wheels for the lowriders.  You got a 7" wide wheel, and a little 155R13 tire.  The only way is to use ether.
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2010, 03:53:10 PM »
always wondered how that works. thats awsome.. now i gotta try it!

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2010, 11:36:15 PM »
My bother-in-law did this once with the tire still on the truck and almost set the truck on fire

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2010, 06:30:59 AM »
My bother-in-law did this once with the tire still on the truck and almost set the truck on fire

Be careful and only spray inside the tire

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2010, 07:09:52 PM »
see this done once but it was with hair spray though very exciting you know what they say if its not fun unless its dangerous

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2010, 10:11:17 PM »
Be careful and only spray inside the tire
The first time I did it I was scared of it blowing up so i sprayed inside the tire then a line on the ground back a few feet and it worked :dunno:
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010, 12:19:47 PM »
Also remember to stay away from the tire!  I tend to use a little much, and I've had a few tires get some good air :gap: 
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2010, 01:58:40 AM »
I always wind up burning the hair off my arm
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2010, 01:31:31 PM »
I do this often on my Peterbilt but I have seen knuckle heads use spray paint, WD40 ect. and nearly burn the truck to the ground.  Had a guy in the yard use paint thinner in a windex bottle and he soaked it, lit it up and had a hell of a fire, so he got in the truck and drove it the 100 feet to the wash rack and put it out.  He eventually got it seated and two days later the tire blew out and destroyed the inside tire and air bag as well.

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2010, 01:41:03 PM »
Ive popped off a couple tires running low pressures wheeling up in the snow.  I carry one of those butane torches for doing plumbing and some starting fluid.  It pops the tire back on no problem.

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2010, 04:49:53 AM »
i do it all the time, on big trucks too, works better if u leave a trail to the tire and light that, but sometimes uve gotta kick the hell out of it, so no avoiding being in the line of fire, so to speak.

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2010, 12:23:50 PM »
Is it a good idea to remove the valve core to keep from blowing the stem out?
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2010, 07:15:32 PM »
ive always done that, especially since i got onboard air.
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2010, 08:19:09 PM »
Is it a good idea to remove the valve core to keep from blowing the stem out?

I've never done that.  :headscratch:  I've typically found that if I seat a bead, and don't start airing up right away, it'll lose the bead.  So I seat it, then jump on it right away with the air, and have no problems.  The only times I've had to do that though, are with 16.5s, and come to think of it, when I did that with a 15" wheel, I didn't have to do that.  So take that for what its worth.  I've probably seated a bead using this method 10-15 times, and none did I pull the stem, none did I have any problems.
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2010, 09:02:11 PM »
Maybe another video ?


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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2010, 09:02:20 PM »
haha i did that for the first time 2 winters ago putin a set of 44" gateway gumbo monster mudders on steelies for the mud truck did the first one laying down and 3/4 of a can cracked the 2x6 board on my rafters 10' in the air haha
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2010, 09:03:34 PM »
Try airing up those damn frogger wheels for the lowriders.  You got a 7" wide wheel, and a little 155R13 tire.  The only way is to use ether.


'round here they use an inner-tube, or something similar, between the tire and wheel...covered in soapy water. It seal the gap, but slides out of the way when the bead seats.
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2010, 09:48:06 PM »
We just use a 2ish gallon air tank with about a 1x2 oval outlet and a small tang on the bottom.  You have one guy hold the tire barely up to the top of the wheel, rest the tang on the bottom wheel lip and pop open the ball valve as quick as possible.  You can run it up to 150 psi, but we usually only need around 100 psi.  And no, the tire's not inflated to 100 psi at that point, it's just a quick blast and usually only has a couple psi in it.  Some of the cheaper tires have softer sidewalls that flex easily, so you only need the light blast from the tire changer.
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2010, 10:28:01 PM »
I saw one of those for sale the other day. I couldn't quite figure it out. I thought for sure you had to put that nozzle piece in the wheel, but then it would get stuck. Didn't get it now i do. thx KneeDown
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2010, 03:47:39 PM »
'round here they use an inner-tube, or something similar, between the tire and wheel...covered in soapy water. It seal the gap, but slides out of the way when the bead seats.

We tried the tube thing, just could not find the right tube to fit (that we had laying around).  We are gonna buy a tire machine but our purchasing agent decided to get into the fray.  It just means it will take longer, we will get a better machine, a service contract, and it will cost a buttload more.  I know I'll always carry starting fluid.

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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2010, 04:50:09 PM »
We just use a 2ish gallon air tank with about a 1x2 oval outlet and a small tang on the bottom.  You have one guy hold the tire barely up to the top of the wheel, rest the tang on the bottom wheel lip and pop open the ball valve as quick as possible.  You can run it up to 150 psi, but we usually only need around 100 psi.  And no, the tire's not inflated to 100 psi at that point, it's just a quick blast and usually only has a couple psi in it.  Some of the cheaper tires have softer sidewalls that flex easily, so you only need the light blast from the tire changer.


those are pretty fun to use. used 'em at our tire shops here. they make quick work of setting stubborn beads
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2010, 08:57:56 PM »
damn i wish i still had that fone i lost it on the trail that was a sweet vid tho :hammer:
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2010, 03:55:51 PM »
we just set a 42 on a 16.5,snaped a nylon ratchet strap when it inflated
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #28 on: May 04, 2010, 06:46:14 PM »
I got a little more real world experiance. after i reset mine it kept leaking so i brough it to schwab to have it remounted, he took a wire brush to it cause i didn't clean it good enough.

So make sure you clean it good when you set the bead or else you might have to do it again. It did get me home though.
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Re: Bead a tire with starting fluid
« Reply #29 on: May 04, 2010, 09:28:32 PM »
We just use a 2ish gallon air tank with about a 1x2 oval outlet and a small tang on the bottom.  You have one guy hold the tire barely up to the top of the wheel, rest the tang on the bottom wheel lip and pop open the ball valve as quick as possible.  You can run it up to 150 psi, but we usually only need around 100 psi.  And no, the tire's not inflated to 100 psi at that point, it's just a quick blast and usually only has a couple psi in it.  Some of the cheaper tires have softer sidewalls that flex easily, so you only need the light blast from the tire changer.

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