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Date: 05/27/11 08:00 AM

35 Responses to Fixing A Tire MacGyver Style!

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8012 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 10:24 am
    Link: Fixing A Tire MacGyver Style! - He don`t need no stinkin` air pump!
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    May 27, 2011 at 8:08 am
    Sounds like it`s gonna explode... or deflate.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15512 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 8:13 am
    Looks like it deflated just as fast too
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    May 27, 2011 at 8:18 am
    A pump wouldn`t have worked anyway, not until you seat the bead.
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    271282 Male 18-29
    7 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 8:29 am
    It lost air at the end buuu
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    draino123 Male 30-39
    768 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 8:32 am
    done it before
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    May 27, 2011 at 8:33 am
    Old trick. New to some people who never go out and get dirty.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    back in the day we had inner tubes you had to patch.
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    drips Male 30-39
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    May 27, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Hmmm. I get the seating the bead part but once the air cools won`t it just lose pressure/volume again?
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    NitroJunkie Male 70 & Over
    758 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 9:23 am
    Did that with a set of 35`s. Big tires are ridiculously hard to set the bead if you don`t have a compressor with enough capacity. It was my dad that taught me that trick- carb cleaner or brake cleaner are the best, if you don`t have ether. They still do this for setting huge tires for monster trucks and heavy machinery.
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    AngryYouth Male 18-29
    734 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 9:57 am
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    May 27, 2011 at 10:16 am
    thats how you do most truck tires like that. when we had the tire guy come and change a tire on our trucks when i worked for a delivery company, this always how he did it. he has actually caught his pants on fire a couple of times trying to kick the tire into the correct place if it was awkwardly on the rim.
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    rogue_knight Male 40-49
    868 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 10:30 am
    Good ol boys git er done!
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    May 27, 2011 at 11:56 am
    You can wrap a tie down strap around it and set the bead that way too, but this method get`s points for cool.
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    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
    1081 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm
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    blonc Male 30-39
    127 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    Still... anyone mind explaing how that works for us cellar-dwellers? That was pretty awesome.
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
    2377 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    heat expands pushing the tire into place then you can successfully add air
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    Ruutzy Male 30-39
    8 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    It`s actually pretty dangerous if you don`t know what you`re doing and most tire shops won`t work on a wheel if they vent some air and smell ether.
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    Ruutzy Male 30-39
    8 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    And Greenbastard is right it only seats the bead. You can actually see the sidewalls start to suck back in at the end of the vid and if you don`t air up in time it can pop back off.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
    1586 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm
    @blonc I used to do this occasionally back when I worked in a garage. It`s pretty simple; just spray some ether or engine starting fluid around the rim and throw a flame to it. The explosion of the flame will seat the tire to the rim and usually there is enough air that the tire gets inflated in the process.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
    4903 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    meh, nothing to see here
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    5623 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Most 4-wheeling is done with VERY low tire pressure. Lower tire pressure allows the tire to deform around obsticles. Standard tire pressure for road travel(depending on tire)is ~35psi. Some offroaders will go down to 5psi. This sometimes leads to the bead of the tire coming off the rim.

    Once seperated, it`s hard to put air in the tire with the huge gap between rim and tire. It can be accomplished with a BIG blast of air, but that`s not available on trail.

    An alternative, is to spray it with highly flammable spray (ether for carb work), and light it...the `woosh` will re-seat the bead, and it can then be re-aired to where they want it with compressors on the vehicle.

    They also make Bead Lock tires so that you can run low pressure without risking loosing the bead.
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    human_exile Male 13-17
    875 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm
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    D-PAC Male 18-29
    22 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    not so special...
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    mcssls Female 70 & Over
    695 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    yep and people that aren`t bright enough to not do that in sub freezing weather with an aluminum rim that spray too much end up dead from the shrapnel
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
    1254 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm
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    jacobsona29 Female 18-29
    233 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    My dad used to do that. All it does is change the pressure in the tube to put it back on the bead so that you can air it up. :-)
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    Tacos4Brkfst Male 18-29
    620 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    >spray too much, shrapnel.
    Hate to be that guy, but stoichiometry says otherwise.
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    deeplick Male 18-29
    234 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    umm, they didn`t fix the tire, it will still be flat. They just fixed the bead, as stated by someone else, which will let them air the tire up. Without air its still a useless tire. Trust the guy who worked as a tire boy at the local shop to pay his way through college. I know more about tires then I ever would like to know.
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    May 28, 2011 at 3:20 am
    Norwegians FTW ;-)
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    unclelar Male 50-59
    119 posts
    May 28, 2011 at 5:49 am
    This just set the bead.All you people that think it is still flat because it has no air,well your right!
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    Sheilakh Male 13-17
    56 posts
    May 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    My grandpa pulled this trick once, it was amazing, especially since I was like, six. Black magic.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25350 posts
    May 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    Its funny kos its true
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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
    519 posts
    May 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    Thats actually a really common way to get a tire back on the bead when you`re on the trail or something.
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    Kimrn89 Male 18-29
    67 posts
    May 31, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Jeg blir reint nasjonalromantisk av hvor gale vi er. Go Norway!

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