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Posted: 03/10/12 01:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought two new 480 X 12 tubless tires for my boat trailer. Can I install these on my own with tire irons or should I go to a tire shop? They are not split rims. What do you think?


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Posted: 03/10/12 02:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's not hard to put them on with tire irons. Warming the tire first makes it easier.

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Ive done it with a couple long screw drivers and a bit of vasaline


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You just gotta have a large enough compressor with the volume of air to seat the beads after you get it on the rim... Unless it's got a tube in it??

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Posted: 03/10/12 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can put a cord or strap around the circumference and tighten to aid in sealing the beads to inflate. Chris


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Posted: 03/10/12 08:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

But what about having them balanced?
I think I would take the tires and wheels to a tire shop and let them mount and balance them.

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Balancing you say? That aspect had not crossed my mind. I suppose being a small wheel it turns higher RPM and balancing is important though I see no balance weight on existing wheels. Maybe I should take them in ?

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Posted: 03/10/12 09:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Give Les Schwab a call and ask them "how much" - I take my tractor tires down to them because there close, doesn't cost much, and I can be there and back before I could ever do it with my equipment.


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A few notes:

First if the tires were more than 5 years old you really need to replace the valve stems with new high pressure stems. Even the "all metal" valve stems have a rubber sealing gasket that dry rots as fast if not faster than the tires do.

Second you might find the bead area of the rim to be rusted. This must be cleaned and smoothed or you WILL have a slow leak.

And last but not least when balancing small trailer tires you can not use the center hole like you do on passenger and light truck tires. The wheels are built off the lug holes and need to use a lug centeric adapter to mount to the balance machine. OR balance them on the camper.


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Posted: 03/10/12 10:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You guys are wimps. If bead will not seat remove the valve core and spray a bit of lighter fluid in the tire and drop a match in
Oh the good old days of young and crazy.

Just take it to a tire shop already.


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