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Posted: 01/15/20 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do any of you mount trailer tires to the rim yourself at home or do you always have it done at a tire shop? Just wondering if there's any significant money savings doing it yourself at home and how difficult it is.

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Posted: 01/15/20 10:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don’t have a balancer so I use a shop.

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Posted: 01/15/20 11:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mounting has always been part of the price of the tire when I bought.
No way any small amount saved would be worth wrestling with it myself.
And then there's the balancing thing.


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When a teenager with little money and little brains we used to mount tires using some bricks, pry bars, blocks of wood, and I seem to remember it involving another car that you had to drive over it at some point.

Why in the hell do you want to do it yourself lol? Some local tire shop might only charge you $10.

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Posted: 01/15/20 11:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I might bolt the wheel to the hub but the tire shop will have better tools for mounting the tire on the wheel. Would have to be desperate and difficult moment to actually mount a tire on a wheel with makeshift hand tools.


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Posted: 01/15/20 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Without an iron tireman (what we used to call a tire machine in the old days), and a balancer, I wouldn't dream of it. I grew up on my dad's Texaco service station driveway in the '60s. He had an employee who was a rather large fellow who had worked for Firestone before working for my dad. He could fasten the rim down on the tire machine, soap up the beads on a new Cadillac tire, and push the first, and then the second bead down over the rim by hand. The pneumatic cylinder(s) and power attachments were there for the rest of us...

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I did mine myself. Ordered from tire rack. Used my sprint car bead breaker to bust the bead and then 2 tire irons to swap tires and then aired them up. It was a tiny sweat buster but it only took an hour for all four and I didn't have to take the trailer anywhere. I read a bunch about balancing trailer tire and came to the conclusion most are not. I was a mid-30 something with little money and little brains.


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Posted: 01/15/20 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I was a teenager I would mount/dismount tires on the rims using a couple tire irons and a rubber mallet.

Then I realized shops have machines that do it quick and cheap. [emoticon]
Unless it's an emergency, don't waste your time.

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Tried once or twice as a teenager. Money would have to be really tight if not nonexistent for me to try it again.

I looked into Tirerack.com once and there just wasn't enough of a savings for me to go that route. Once I considered the mounting and balancing price and added in the hassle of loading the tires into the car; It's much easier to go to Discount Tire and have them order and then install them for me.


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Posted: 01/15/20 11:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I watched three young men at Discount Tire wrestle with mounting the G rated tires for my rig to the point of exhaustion with a tire mount machine. Why would I want that kind of exercise at my age.

If they were Chinese tires that ate as flexable as rubber bands, maybe.


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