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wheel barrow tire replacement...grrrrrr !!!!

anyone have any tips for getting a new tubeless wheel barrow tire to seat on the rim ? i tried the rope deal....not even close to working. i now have some foam blocks spreading the tire , hoping it will open up some. really dont want to do the ether thing or try a tire cannon ......the rim is plastic. cant even replace it with one of those airless jobs as the rim is not mounted the same way. would hate to trash this barrow as its perfect for my usage .

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I've had good luck with the "rope trick".

Are you using a compressor and did you removed the valve stem core so that the air rushes in faster?


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I was going to ask about a compressor as well. Good idea with removing the valve stem!

I'm assuming the rope trick is wrapping it around the contact-surface of the tire? I've never used a rope, but have had good luck with a ratchet strap. You can crank them really tight, if the rope can't pull tightly enough.

Rubbing alcohol (IPA) or soapy water might help the tire's bead slide onto the rim more easily.

Also, in a pinch, you could maybe use an inner tube, to avoid having to deal with seating the bead.

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yep..using a little 3 gallon pancake compressor..just cant get the bead anywhere close to the rim in spots. good tip on the valve stem removal. i was using a dog leash to spread the tire, but all that did was deform the bead. may have to say uncle on this one and return the tire and buy a tube for the old weather cracked tire.

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I've never tried using air to help seat a bead. The last tire I did was before getting my compressor.

With a short hose, high pressure, and the valve stem removed, perhaps you could get enough "puff" to get it on? Besides things like flammable gas, I'm not sure of other tricks to get the bead to seat onto the rim. And the flammable-stuff approach makes me nervous.

The tires that I re-seated had already been on the tractor, so I wasn't dealing with deformed beads, at least.

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Plastic wheels leak! Period! No, exclamation mark!

Put a tube in it.

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To start, I would second that idea of dropping a tube into that tire, as "JL" suggested above, even though it is new, or return it, and put the old one back on with a tube. Never been much of a believer in plastic rims.

Here's a little trick I used just yesterday on my old Scott's lawn tractor. I could not get the bead to pop in on one side of the tire for love nor money. The tire does have a tube in it however.

So, I deflated the tire sufficiently to be able to get my finger in between the bead and where it supposed to sit on the wheel. I slathered cooking oil over both surfaces until it was a slippery mess.

I then positioned the tractor in the Sun so the tire would warm up for an hour or so. (Make sure the tire sidewall is nice and clean. The blacker the surface the more heat it will absorb). Then I re-inflated the tire to just under maximum pressure.

Then I drove the tractor around over some rough terrain where the tire would be subjected to various types of compression and distortion, which would affect its shape. Within about two minutes of that, I heard the bead pop, (even over the sound of the engine), and sure enough, the tire was seated properly.

This worked, partially because the tractor is heavy and will distort the tire over bumpy surfaces. Remember, even though sometimes they can be a real sob, that tire really wants to sit on the rim properly, but occasionally they take a little "convincing".

You might be able to do something similar, but make sure you've got some weight in the wheelbarrow like a couple of cinder blocks or something. Then just keep going over the bumpy terrain and maybe you'll get lucky.

The worst that can happen is that you'll get a little tired, and of course, if your neighbors see you running around the yard in circles with the cinder blocks they'll probably laugh at you, but most of us here are snowblower collectors, and we're used to that ....

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x2 on the ratchet strap method


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+1 on the ratchet strap. I think you just need a bigger reservoir. I have something slightly bigger than a pancake pump and then a 20 gallon. If I have a bead off the rim it's night and day trying to re-seat it with that little portable compared to the 20 gallon. The problem is you just don't have enough volume and pressure with a little compressor reservoir.
Any chance you have a repair shop near you that has a "free" hose hooked up to their big shop compressor or a friendly mechanic willing to give it a shot ?? I say "free" hose as compared to one that's at a box for a quarter as they usually are the same as my little guy or your pancake compressor if that.

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gave it another try this morning......still a no go, so took the tire back, got a tube .

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