Help! I can't get my darned tire off the wheel!

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  1. ofcounsel

    ofcounsel Member

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    Ok. So I've been riding for 20+ years and have taken tires on and off wheels hundreds of times. But now I'm stumped.

    I've got a set of Easton Haven's and a WTB Wolverine Tubeless tire. It was tough, but I got one side of the bead to release. Now I'm trying to get the the side bead to release from rim, and it won't release. I can't fit a tire iron in between, and I've tried shoving a flat head screwdriver in there. I just tore the tire is all.

    Any ideas? Help!
     
  2. da big hills

    da big hills happy night trails

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    make sure the tube is deflated, use windex for a lube
     
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    is it suctioned on?
     
  4. ofcounsel

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    It might be suctioned on. It was set up tubeless. I got one side of the tire to break loose and off the rim. The other side won't release though. It's strange.
     
  5. emcil

    emcil my wife no like me

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    Torch?
     
  6. ofcounsel

    ofcounsel Member

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    Are you serious? A torch? I don't think that's the answer...

    Here's a pic. The bead won't break loose on one side.

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  7. bing!

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    have you tried using two tire levers to push down on the bead to break the set?
     
  8. ofcounsel

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    fill the inside of the rim with brake clean and light it on fire. Should break it loose without damage to the rim. Its kinda like seating a bead on the trail when 4x4 driving.
     
  10. dubk

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    prop it on it's side so one end is on the floor and the other a about a foot of the ground, push down on the tire at the bead, hands at 1 and 11, tire will just pop. mine does exatly the same.
     
  11. emcil

    emcil my wife no like me

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    Sorry, I thought my comment of "torch" was so far out there it would be obvious I was joking. After reading it again I can see where some might think I was serious. Good luck
     
  12. jasonmason

    jasonmason inebriate savant

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    And here I was about to recommend c4...

    Sigh. Oh we'll, maybe next thread.
     
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    strobe resident noob

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    I have strangely heard of ppl using glues to get the beads to seal up. I bet you, once you get a portion to release, the rest will be easy.
     
  14. ofcounsel

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    This worked. Thanks!
     
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    Glad to hear!
     
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    mtnbikej Well-Known Member

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    The new WeirWolf is notorious for being a very tight fitting tire......especially on non-WTB rims.


    Ooops.....yours is a Wolverine. #-o Nevermind.
     
  17. 7pt

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    I have heard prying with screwdrivers against the bead/rim is good for tubeless setups...
     
  18. un-kola

    un-kola Just another Homer!

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    Hey Timmaaaay! How's life up in Sacto? Using C-4 isn't far off. We used to use it to heat up our c-rations in the bush, overseas. Ball up a small chunk, drop into your c-ration stove,( an empty can, slightly crushed at the top with holes punched on the bottom), light off with a match. Took about 30 seconds or so to heat up. Then you can kick back and enjoy your favorite can of ham and mutha fu.... uhh, ham and lima beans (yeccchhh #-o)! -Lloyd :wave:

    7pt, using a screwdriver on an aluminum rim is not advisable. -Lloyd :wave:
     
  19. 7pt

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    That's kind of the point i was making

    first post "I can't fit a tire iron in between, and I've tried shoving a flat head screwdriver in there. I just tore the tire is all."
     
  20. bleicht

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    Heck yea, this worked for me too... Thanks!! I propped it up on a one of those foam rollers just on the very edge of the rim so as not to damage anything. I tried like hell before using this method and it wouldn't budge.
     

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