Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23
  1. #1
    New Member BackwoodsMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    23
    Location
    Macungie, Pennsylvania
    Tractor
    Kubota L2900

    Default Mounting tires on rim

    Does anyone have suggestions for mounting new tires on rims? I bought new tires for my trailer (5.70-8). I struggled to get the old ones off. I finally thought of putting liquid soap on the beads to help slide them off the rims. Now I am trying to get the new ones on and can't seem to stretch the bead over the rim with tire irons. These tires aren't that big and I never expected it would be so hard to put them on.

  2. #2
    Veteran Member Birdhunter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,095
    Location
    Murphysboro, IL
    Tractor
    Ford 3910

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Put one of the irons inside the rim and hold it there, work away from it going one direction and keep going that same direction till a bit over half the tire is on. Then work either one till you have it on. make sure the last little bit of tire you have that the opposing side of the tire is under the portion of the rim where it will seat or else it will be short of impossible to stretch the tire over the rim edge.

    Put some grease on the new tires at the bead if they are still difficult, when it seats and the beads pop out when airing it up it will shoot a bead of grease around the rim and you'll know that they are seated properly.

  3. #3
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    46,360
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Don't use a silicone or petroleum lube onthe tires.. use a vegitable lube.. it's widely available and won't attack the rubber.

    Otherwise.. good info on the install.. 2 irons is the easiest.. preferably, one flat spoon, and one stepped spoon,. use the stepped spoon to flip the bead under the rim.. hold it there with one foot.. then use the other spoon to pop the bead over and as the other psoter said.. work around.. After you've done a couple.. the 10$ the local tire man charges will seem real cheap... I actively try to NOT get into a situation where I have to boot my own tires.. (grin)

    Soundguy

  4. #4
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    405
    Location
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Tractor
    Kubota L4310HST

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    I've mounted most of my tires for years. It takes practice to get the tougher ones. And sometimes the smaller tires are the hardest ones.
    A couple years ago I bought a manual tire changer from Harbor Freight. I think it was about $50. Bolted it to the concrete floor and now it takes just a few minutes the change a tire. Much quicker than driving to town and waiting 30 minutes (at least) to get it done at the tire shop.
    The main reason for doing it myself is just convenience.
    I put a few drops of dish soap and water in an old windex spray bottle to help lubricate the tire bead when mounting the tire.
    Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

  5. #5
    Veteran Member MJPetersen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    1,255
    Location
    Warsaw, Poland
    Tractor
    YM 1510-D

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Just be careful if there is a tube. Screwdrivers can easily pinch the tube and you will be doing it again. Tire irons will also pinch and puncture the tube, but because of the rounded and smooth edges, not so likely as a screwdriver. The smaller are sometimes the hardest.

    Mike
    "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." Solomon
    YM1510D, YM 1202 tiller, The following home made tools: Quick Hitch, KK copy dirt scoop, imitation Gannon rollover box blade, Forks on 3pt, a Rear Blade with gauge wheels and a 1.5 yd dump trailer.

  6. #6
    Veteran Member Birdhunter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,095
    Location
    Murphysboro, IL
    Tractor
    Ford 3910

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Yesterday i was putting 7.50-16's on my front tractor tires and I coudl only find one of my tire spoons so I deceided to use 1 spon and a crowbar. The crowbar pinched a hole in the tube very quickly, luckily I had another tube so I did finish the job but like MJPeterson said tire irons will work much better and less likely to pinch the tube.

  7. #7
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    500
    Location
    20 miles southeeast of downtown Sacramento
    Tractor
    Kubota BX23

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Believe it or not I've alway found the smaller the tire the harder to mount. I love them bolt together wheels.
    Kubota BX23, BT600 BH, LA210 FEL, Maschio L125 tiller, Gearmore BB 20-48 BB, King Cutter 6' rear blade, Homemade PHD, Brinly BST-50 broadcaster, ? 6' cultipacker, log & chain drag.

  8. #8
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    176
    Location
    Castroville, Tx

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    make sure the bead is in the deep part of the rim opposit where the tire irons are. you can't streach the bead as it is steel wire it must go at an angle across the rim. hope this helps if you cansee what i'm trying to say. if it is tubeless use rope tied around the tread and tightened by twisting a tire iron in it to helpseat the bead.

  9. #9
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    165
    Location
    Mendocino County, CA
    Tractor
    JD 3320

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Many years ago working for my ol-dad I mounted hundreds (maybe thousands) of tires on 8 to 20 inch rims. This was before tire mounting machines were common. An important tool was a large rubber hammer. Hold the tire tilted at about 60 degrees sideways from the ground and ram the rim straight down so that it sticks in the tire. Carefully lay the rim flat on the ground with the tire slightly tilted part way on the rim. Use the hammer (hitting hard) to push the tire bead out and down onto the rim. No tire irons necessary for this first bead. For the second bead (other side of the tire) use the hammer and two tire irons carefully, so as to not pinch the tube, to finish the installation. I still use this technique for home repairs.

    Steve

  10. #10
    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Posts
    36,981
    Location
    Texas

    Default Re: Mounting tires on rim

    Gosh, Steve, you're not as old as I am, are you? I started working in my dad's service station when I was 16 and repaired everything from bicycle tires to water filled tractor tires to big truck Budd, split rim, split ring wheels to cars and pickups and we didn't have any of the modern fancy tire changing equipment. The rubber hammer was commonly used to put tires on, and for breaking the bead loose on big truck and tractor tires, we had a sledge hammer type tool with a flat blade on one side so you learned to swing it accurately to hit the tire just right to have that blade slip between the rubber and the rim. Someone who either couldn't swing those things straight enough, or just someone who was a lot smarter, invented a slide hammer device to do the same thing in later years, but we didn't have that tool when I was a teenager.
    Bird

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2013 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.