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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2001, 09:23 AM
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Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

I am going broke having the local tire shop swap my quad tires every season. Has anyone ever used a bead breaker like the one James Lucky sells out of Dirt Wheels magazine for $74.95? If so, does it work well? Or is it more trouble than it's worth?

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

Actually, I have a "portable tire changer" from Harbor Freight that works awesome for what it is. It has a bead breaker on one side and a deal on top where you mount the tire/rim to put the tires on or take them off the rim. I've done every thing from 33" mud tires on truck rims to quad rims and tires.

The changer is here at Harbor Freight. If you wait or get the catalogs, you can get them when they have a price special.

I bolted mine to a big piece of plywood for a good base. I roll the quad over onto the plywood if a bead is really stuck and I'm cranking on it.

Works awesome.

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

I got one from the local dealer, and it sucks. It cuts and chews up the bead of the tire.

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

I bought one of those things like 10 years ago. Tried using it once.....didnt work.

I will give it to you for free! Do you live anywhere close to NJ?

Better off running over your tire bead with your car/truck!

I use the fork from one of the forklifts where I work, it pops the bead instantly. Put the wheel against a wall,push the tire right off with the fork.

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

color me silly...but with rims being so cheap..why not get a set of rims for each tire type...i do....

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

Beadlock wheels are not cheap! Thats all I will run on the rear of my quads.

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

just out of curiousity, why is beadlocks all you run on the rears? admittingly i have never ran beadlocks (i just cant afford them!), but i have run .190 aluminum rims and factory steel rims on all my quads and i have never had a problem with either type. i run my quads pretty hard (who doesnt?) in some pretty harse terrian and just dont see the need to lay down the extra cash. the only reason i would see in getting them is that they look awesome! maybe i am missing something? i am not trying to start anything, just wondering...

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

Stock rims are pretty strong,a lot more than .190's. The tire you run has a lot to do with it too. I always ran 18 inch Turf tamers or Holeshots. These tires are very soft and dont soak up the hits. Beadlocks are expensive but they last long with mx tires at low pressure. With these tires I have tore up .190's in no time. Just my experience,it works for me.

I have 20 inch blackwaters on .190's for my Banshee that have held up fine for years.Those tires are a lot tougher.



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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

I run 190s on mine with my tire pressure up there...and i am a 300 pound guy and havent trashed a set....although i just did a number on a stock front wheel....never had a reason for beadlocks other then for looks....try standard 190 rims....

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Re: Bead Breaker - anyone ever used one?

The absolute cheapest way to remove the tire from the rim is to use leverage.
I put a 8' 2x4 under a solid hold (planted ladder on my son's jungle gym) and
the tire between me and the hold and push down with the wood on the bead's
edge. Pops it right off.

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