Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    193
    Location
    East Texas

    Default Tire Bead Breaker

    I got a flat tire on my lowboy trailer. The problem turned out to be an old leaking tubeless tire valve. To change it out I had to break the bead. I made this simple device to do the work. I cut a short 2x6 for the compression piece and used a 2x2 for the actuation lever. I cut a dado in the lever to fit the angle iron on the trailer and clamped a stop block for the compression piece. I set the lever at a 10-15* angle. It worked real nice.

    I also decided to clean and paint the old rim. Looks good now.

    The down side is that the 2x2 is not strong enough. Once I got the outside bead broken, I tried the inside bead and broke the lever. A 2x4 on edge would have been stronger but I did not have one handy.

    I am going to experiment with this and may make one out of steel with an exhangeable foot for the different rims. I will see. I am going to put balancing beads in my truck tires so I will try this on my truck tires and see how it works.

    Thought I'd post FWIW.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -bead-breaker-jpg   -paint-jpg  

  2. #2
    Veteran Member K7LN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    1,545
    Location
    Michigan
    Tractor
    JD455 & JD790

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    I used to do the same thing with a 2x4 until safety beads came along. I suspect that this is a very old rim without a safety bead, can't quite tell by the pictures. It looks to be an old Mopar rim. The safety bead rims are pretty rough to do without a machine or special tool.
    JD 790 w/70 FEL & 7 BH on turf tires
    JD 455 w/60" MMM & 54" front blade

  3. #3
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    193
    Location
    East Texas

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    Quote Originally Posted by K7LN View Post
    I used to do the same thing with a 2x4 until safety beads came along. I suspect that this is a very old rim without a safety bead, can't quite tell by the pictures. It looks to be an old Mopar rim. The safety bead rims are pretty rough to do without a machine or special tool.
    Well, you learn something new everyday. I have never heard of safety beads. I have come across some hard to break beads before but never heard nor read the term before. I did a quick search to find out more. I definitely will look into these safety beads.

    The trailer is pretty old so it may not have safety beads. Any idea when they came out with this feature?

  4. #4
    Elite Member George2615's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    4,038
    Location
    Central Square, NY
    Tractor
    LS XR3037HC

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    I just replaced a valve stem on my wifes vehicle a couple days ago. Seems she got too close to a curb and the long valve stem hit it and got bent enough to crack it and it was leaking slow. I took the tire off and put it on the cement apron of the garage, removed the valve stem core, put a 2x6 on the edge of the tire close to the rim and drove my truck up the 2x6. The tire bead separated and I was able to replace the valve assy and reinflate it.

  5. #5
    Elite Member dex3361's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    3,568
    Location
    N. of Charleston WV
    Tractor
    Kubota L4400-1 HST,FEL, 3x3 remotes, TNT. BX1500 54 mmm

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    I use the mechanical bead breakers they are a life saver. Here is a link similar to the one I use.


    Tire Bead Breaker -- Manual, Tire Bead Breakers - GEMPLER'S
    Randall



    1Timothy Chapter 2:
    3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
    4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
    5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
    From: The HOLY BIBLE

  6. #6
    Elite Member Skyco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,718
    Location
    SC/NC

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    I've simply used a jack under the truck receiver hitch to break beads...

  7. #7
    Super Star Member Diamondpilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    14,269
    Location
    Daleville, IN
    Tractor
    Jinma 254/284 Ford 861 Powermaster at work

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    I use my FEL to push down on it but after battling with quite a few I now just take it to the tire shop and give the guy $10. I may pick up one of them bead breakers from HF, I hear good things about it.

    Chris

  8. #8
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    16,854
    Location
    First organized permanent settlement in the northwest territory
    Tractor
    2003 Kubota BX1500/2004 Kubota Bx23/2005 Kubota BX1500

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    I used to drive the front tire of my car around the rim to break the bead.
    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
    Attachments 60'' Front Blade/48'' Rear Tiller/FEL/Back Hoe /
    60'' MMM/Clamp on Forks/48'' MMM
    South of Canton Ohio L .B

  9. #9
    Veteran Member K7LN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    1,545
    Location
    Michigan
    Tractor
    JD455 & JD790

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    Quote Originally Posted by ETpilot View Post
    Any idea when they came out with this feature?
    They came out in the late 1960s, mostly as a result of the introduction of tubeless tires. There are a few rims today that do not have safety beads.
    JD 790 w/70 FEL & 7 BH on turf tires
    JD 455 w/60" MMM & 54" front blade

  10. #10
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    193
    Location
    East Texas

    Default Re: Tire Bead Breaker

    Well, today I learned a little bit about safety beads. The rim on the trailer did have the safety bead. It appears to be a standard feature on tubeless rims. The safety bead is pressed into the rim just in front of the tire valve and goes full circle around the rim. This makes a hump on the inside of the rim. The hump helps hold the tire bead against the outside flange. When you fill the tire with air, it makes a pop when the bead jumps the hump and pops into place.

    I checked all my equipment today and all have the safety bead. I could not tell on the truck and jeep as they have fancier rims and you cannot tell. I did check some old rims that I use as the base for tool stands. They did not have the safety bead. It was all flat metal to the well of the rim.

    Very interesting. I am glad I started this thread. I learned something.

    Now, I am going to fabricate a better bead breaker.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Tire Chains on industrial tires?
    By MiserableOldFart in forum Tires
    Replies: 64
    Last Post: 02-01-2013, 06:35 PM
  2. Harbor Freight Tire Changer Mods With Pics
    By dngspot in forum Tires
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 01-03-2010, 12:32 PM
  3. Slow Tire Leak
    By bindian in forum Tires
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 10-05-2008, 10:00 AM
  4. R4 tire popped off the rim
    By beersngars in forum Tires
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 01-24-2008, 05:51 PM
  5. Unexpected Tire Experience
    By robertm in forum Kubota Owning/Operating
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-11-2004, 10:29 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.