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Old 04-10-2010, 08:04 PM
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I just used my HF tire changer for the first time today.The old tire came off easy,the new one went on very hard ( until I figured out how to do it ).Now the new tire is on BUT I can't get the bead to seat !!!.No matter what I do I have 1/2 the tire bead in the center of the rim ANY tricks to getting the tire bead to seat ???. HELP !!!
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:17 PM
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I just used my HF tire changer for the first time today.The old tire came off easy,the new one went on very hard ( until I figured out how to do it ).Now the new tire is on BUT I can't get the bead to seat !!!.No matter what I do I have 1/2 the tire bead in the center of the rim ANY tricks to getting the tire bead to seat ???. HELP !!!
Try using air, under pressure.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:28 PM
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If you are finding the air volume is too weak to get it to first begin setting warm the tire in the sun a bit and place a strap around it to press the tire out toward the bead more. Might be easier to go visit a friend with a more powerful compressor.
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If you are finding the air volume is too weak to get it to first begin setting warm the tire in the sun a bit and place a strap around it to press the tire out toward the bead more. Might be easier to go visit a friend with a more powerful compressor.
+1 Either strap the tire or use a stronger compressor.

And then there is the WD-40 method:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSDPHjo1zRU
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Something that may work for you to get the bead to set is to lightly bounce the tire all the way around. this will get the beads to set on each side enough to hit it with air. Mkae sure you get the pops of the bead setting against the rim. Watch the pressure, I have heard of tires requiring up to 80psi to get set. Just make certian the pressure is correct for the tire and riding style.
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+1 Either strap the tire or use a stronger compressor.

And then there is the WD-40 method:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSDPHjo1zRU
I never recommend the WD 40 method.........unless I'm there to watch.
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Just had the same problem myself. Changed the front and it seated fine, then the back . . . I tried the ratchet strap method, I bounced the tire, I swore at it

Save yourself the trouble and find someone with a better compressor.
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The problem is you didn't use tire lube. You MUST use tire lube. If you do, then pump it up to 60 lbs or so and you'll hear them pop when they're seated.

I seated both my VStrom tires with a hand pump. Again, you MUST use tire lube.

Lube both beads lightly. You don't have to remove the tire, just remove the valve core and break the beads all the way both sides, then with a small thin brush put tire lube lightly on all the bead surfaces.
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Lube is the key, the size of the compressor matters not if the air is just blowing out all over the place because the bead isnt contacting the wheel.

I just use some soapy water as a rule, bounce the tire a few times, never an issue.

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Ok guys,I used ALOT of RUGLIDE ( NAPA tire lube ) I also have a 20 gallon 160 PSI industrial compressor ( set at 120 psi ) and I still can't get it to pop off the middle of the rim.When I put the air chuck on it all the air just pisses out where the tire is in the middle of the rim.I'm going to try the strap method tommorrow.
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