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    Setting the bead


    Why can I NEVER set the bead successfully when mounting dirt tires? WTF. I guess I need to buy a manpressor.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    What are you using now?

    You using lube?

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Not enough lube apparently. Just one of those mini can compressors. Gets about 55-60 psi into the tires.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    I spray some water/windex mix on em, but maybe it's not soapy enough.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Is the valve stem core in the tube when inflating? I always take them out. Allows for more flow quicker in order to seat the bead.

    I use a mix of dish soap, denatured alcohol, and water.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    straight Windex and 50-60 psi works here...

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    Re: Setting the bead

    At work, we use tire lube that I'm pretty sure is mostly lard...and it's amazing.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    i do all the above as well, but some tires are just difficult to seat, especially the super stiff sidewall style ... when that occurs, i drop PSI, use a spoon to pry tire away from rim, spray WD in/at/around the offending bead then re-inflate to ~60psi... and let it sit... eventually seats overnight or a few hours.

    the older super stiff Motoz w/rim protector were notorious for this.

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    Re: Setting the bead

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    As Chip said. Straight Windex works great. Back in the day that is all I used. Dish soap also but is nastier (Gets sticky when it drys on your hands). Real tire lube is nice. Tire mounting soap is the tits but spendy and a bit nastier but oh so slippery. I have some for the stubborn stuff.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    i do all the above as well, but some tires are just difficult to seat, especially the super stiff sidewall style ... when that occurs, i drop PSI, use a spoon to pry tire away from rim, spray WD in/at/around the offending bead then re-inflate to ~60psi... and let it sit... eventually seats overnight or a few hours.

    the older super stiff Motoz w/rim protector were notorious for this.


    I have resorted to WD-40 as well.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    the plus with Windex and dish soap is they dry clean or sticky... no tire slip issues... i have not had the pleasure of lubing with proper rubber lube... and i have chafe to show for it

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    Re: Setting the bead

    I've got a bucket of tire mounting lewb. You can have a bunch next time I see you. I'll never use it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    I've got a bucket of tire mounting lewb. You can have a bunch next time I see you. I'll never use it all.
    Sweet. I will love you... err, thank you for it!

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Just get a few guys and...lube it?

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Honda polish works too

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    Re: Setting the bead

    A gallon of Ru-glide is cheap at NAPA and works AWESOME.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Liquid soap & water in a spray bottle.. And I've never had problems setting a beed with a tube. Last time 'round I realized I'd lent off my compressor and did it with a bicycle hand pump.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    I just spit on my fingers and rub it in...wait...what are we talking about again?

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    Honda polish works too
    That's what I use, works great.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    A gallon of Ru-glide is cheap at NAPA and works AWESOME.
    forgot about that stuff, you've mentioned it before ... can it be used with a Tubliss setup as well? is it liquid or like a paste/gel?

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    Re: Setting the bead

    I've got this.

    It's like a paste. Similar in consistency to bearing grease. Loosens up when mixed with water.

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    Re: Setting the bead

    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    forgot about that stuff, you've mentioned it before ... can it be used with a Tubliss setup as well? is it liquid or like a paste/gel?
    It's a liquid, think very soapy water?

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