Breaking the Bead on Tires

A general, non-powerplant specific, discussion on airboat technology, ie., hulls, rigging, polymer, etc..
User avatar
Slidin Gator
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 647
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:33 pm
Location: Jupiter Farms, Florida

Breaking the Bead on Tires

Postby Slidin Gator » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:05 pm

Just got done replacing 3x worn out tires on my trailer. Figured I would show my method for breaking the bead. I have an air compressor powered, Venturi style air conditioning vacuum pump. For $30 it works great for Auto AC work, but I also use it to break the beads on my tires. It works particularly well for my buggy tractor tires. Of course it won't work if there is a hole in the tire. The vacuum won't pull the tire off the bead, but it works with the tire tools to make the job way easier. I start on one side and work the bead most of the way off, but keep the seal. Then work the other side off. If the first side falls off the bead it is easier to blow the tire back on to work on the other side.

The time spent waiting for the tire to draw down is a great time to go to the fridge for a frosty :drunken:

I grew up thinking I-10 was the Mason Dixon line.
1986 Airboat Engineering Inc., 14' Marsh Master. Refreshed narrow deck, SV O-540, 72” NGQ. A Bob Stossel original.

User avatar
Rick McC.
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 166
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:14 pm
Location: Weeki Wachee, Fl

Re: Breaking the Bead on Tires

Postby Rick McC. » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:13 pm

"Sights are for the unenlightened."

Return to “Airboat Tech”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: lariat, trobinson and 6 guests