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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Bead Won't Seal... Non-Wing

For you guys that mount your own tires on other bikes besides Wings... have you ever run across a set of tires that you couldn't get the bead to set?

If so...

* What did you discover the problem was, and...

* How did you solve the problem?

Here's what I've got:

I'm trying to mount a pair of off-road Continental TKC 80 tubeless tires on a brand new set of BMW spoke-wheels for an R1200GS. And yes, I said SPOKE wheels. The BMW spoke wheels are made for tubeless tires by lacing the wheel to the outside edge of the rim. You can see the tire & type wheel in the picture below:




Mounting the tires was simple enough, and I'm using a Craftsman 30 gal compressor set at 90psi to inflate them... as I've used successfully on at least 20 other sets of tires.

But for some reason, I just can't get these babies to seal. I can't even get the bead to set good enough to get 15 lbs of pressure in them. I've run my hand all over & under the tire while trying to inflate it, and can't feel any significant air leaks. I've tried using 2 ratchet straps across the tires at the 12 & 9 o'clock and 3 & 9 o'clock positions. I've tried different valve cores. All to no avail.

As of now, I'm out of ideas... except to break down and take them to a garage with a higher, commercial grade compressor.

Any other ideas?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 06:52 PM
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Take those straps and run them around the outside diameter of the tire. Pull the tire down into the wheel, pretty sure it will seat that way .
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squirt some "ether" or starting fluid inside the tire..
(anything highly volatile)
.. just a bit, you don't want to attract homeland security...

.. light it and IT WILL seat.

no joke, it works.

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I would try a ratchet strap,if that dosen't work you could always go the wd40 route

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take the valve core OUT until you have it seated!!! then deflate & install

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You might just need some more air?

Larger hose, larger did air chuck, take stem out.

If all else fails you can use the lighter fluid route. WD40 does not work anymore. It is not flammable enough.

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Take those straps and run them around the outside diameter of the tire. Pull the tire down into the wheel, pretty sure it will seat that way .
That is the way I do it. If you still have problems try bouncing it on the floor while rotating it.

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Here's a video of wingwing's method of seating a tire
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squirt some "ether" or starting fluid inside the tire..
(anything highly volatile)
.. just a bit, you don't want to attract homeland security...

.. light it and IT WILL seat.

no joke, it works.

Dennis

Dennis, You must have watched the IRT (Ice Road Truckers) show. They did that to get an 18-wheeler tire to seat. It worked well........!
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Dennis, You must have watched the IRT (Ice Road Truckers) show. They did that to get an 18-wheeler tire to seat. It worked well........!
actually, used to race stock cars as a kid... (back in the '60's)
... sometimes used the starting fluid "trick" to change tires in the pits

.... didn't have no fancy tools.

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