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Lawn tractor tire

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:34 pm



I know I know this is a motorcycle form, but its also a anything goes topic...a lot of us have riding mowers and at some point in time you gotta change your tire out, removing the tire is not a problem nor is placing it back on,,the problem became an issue with me today because the new tire was installed and was so close together I had a hard time putting air into it,,well I have seen the youtube video's on how it's done, they use carb cleaner and spray it into the tire and hit it with a lighter, poof and the seal is set..I know it works,,but you guys know me,,,I gotta figure out something else..besides I didn't have any ether or cleaner, and I didn't have a inner tube for it either...hummmm Your not going to believe what I did :shock: ...I used two balloons, that's right, :shock: the larger type from our daughters last birthday party...I placed a balloon over the valve slowly inflated it to where it expanded inside the tire then I tied it off, I then rotated the rim and did it again, it expands the tire just enough to bring the rubber to the bead tightly, I then just added air and the tire filled all proper and such... :lol: the bead took its place and all I could do then is laugh my ass off...Soooo my tire has two balloons inside it be deal right? A purple one and a White one.....It works good man ...And fun doing it too...Don't even ask how I dream this stuff up, I just do.. Lot's of us have different ways of doing things,, this is new I'm sure.. Now this is for my yard tractor tire, Not for the motorcycle...I'm also a big chicken when it comes to blowing something up so this is safer for sure..I'm posting this because many of you change your own tires too and these type tires really can be a pain in the buttocks...Oh the tire was a 18" one on the back wheel not the tiny front ones,,,I bet it works fine on those too though... :lol: I ain't no engineer nor am I a master mechanic but I never sweat the simple stuff....there's always another way.. :lol:



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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby rono24 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:06 am

I have done many tires like that and never thouht of using balloons,god job will keep in mind next time

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby tom84std » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:00 am

That's very smart stuff man! The fun part is thinking about the guy years down the road, breaks down the tire and says "What the hell are these balloons doing in here?"

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:42 am

Ha ha Well.... I think they will know that someone was having a party... As insane as it sounds, it really did work great..... :lol: One time, I sent Admin. something and I used balloons to cushion the item so it didn't get damaged, that's just one more crazy thing I dreamed up..Hey that pop corn crap cost like hell..Balloons are really cheap...Ha ha at least I didn't use condoms in the tires :lol: what would they think then..ha ha I know he got a kick out of that once he opened the box.. :lol:

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby thrasherg » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:51 pm

I put a piece of string running around the middle of the tyre (On the outside, then I get a piece of wood, stick it through the string and start turning it to make a tourniquet, as the string tightens on the middle of the tyre it forces the sidewalls outwards, which then contact the rim, then I just blow it up and as the tyre fills I release the tourniquet.. Very easy and quick.. No messing with balloons!! :D

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:06 pm

I'll try that next time....thanks...maybe a crank strap would work..

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:46 pm

Yeah, those tractor tires are impossible to seat. I did one by wrapping a ratchet strap around the circumference of the tire, ratcheting it down tight, then pulling the valve out (to get more volume in quickly), putting the air hose on it (I have a chuck that I ripped the insides out of, so it blows air as soon as it's connected) and it seated.

The other one I just could not get it seated no matter what I tried. I ended up taking it to the Firestone around the corner, and they seated it for me, gratis.

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby mbuesing » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:16 pm

I'v even used hair spray at a friends house. He could't get it so I came over and found he had no straps, carb cleaner, starting fluid, acetylene. (get the picture)

:idea: Wife had hair spray and it went BOOM.

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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:12 am

I have a tire for a golf cart I'm fixing up that has the same problem. I'm going to have to try one of these.
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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:46 am

I tried the ratchet strap, Scott. Worked great!
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Re: Lawn tractor tire

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:52 pm

wjnfirearms wrote:I tried the ratchet strap, Scott. Worked great!


That works for seating bike tire beads, too!




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