Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ojibwe Gichigami
Liked: 2768 times
Once you break the beads down you don't need any fancy tools to change ATV tires. Just lube the beads and rims up with soap and they come right off real easy with a light pry to get the bead started. Same game going back on except... I never use tools to put ATV tires on because they scar up the finish on the rims. Just coat the beads and rims with soap and push them on by hand with my knee shoved into the bead. Then use a damp rag to clean up the soap and dry out the interiors good with a hot hair dryer before inflating them.
But... some of them (or most!) break down like they was glued on permanently! So there is usually a struggle between you and the tire and the machine goin' on... the bead breaker shoe does not penetrate the bead area and push the beads down... it keeps slipping off. The trick for solving that problem is to leave the tire partially inflated, between 1-2 PSI. Then the bead breaker hugs the rim and pushes the beads down. I don't like struggles, so I always take them to my local tire shop and tip one of those guys for 3 minutes of his time.
Remember the good 'ole days, when we all knew to grab the bumper jack outta the trunk of the car, to break down our flats? :-)