Need advice on mounting lawn tractor tire


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Old 06-21-24, 04:31 PM
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Need advice on mounting lawn tractor tire

I managed to mount a 15" tire a while back but it about killed me. Mow I have a new tire 15x6 that I need to mount. I got one side on the tire on the rim but side #2 won't go. Is there a secret formula or will I need to take it to a tire shop? I have a set of irons for the job but I'm at my wits end. Suggestions please.
 
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Old 06-21-24, 05:37 PM
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The trickiest part is holding the tire while working on it.
I have a basic Harbor Freight tire changer as shown in the video.
It actually works pretty good.
Tire changing video
 
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Do you think the hand tool part is heavy duty enough that is will not bend?
 
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Old 06-21-24, 09:56 PM
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You're asking about the installation... beading tool ?
It's pretty strong. Mine hasn't bent.

Many times the tire will not seat to the rim when you put it on.
A compressor with a lot of storage will blast the tire and it may seat.
If not....use a ratcheting strap. Put it around the center of the ties and tighten slightly.
Stop filling as soon as the tire seats or you won't get the strap to unlock.
Ratcheting strap
 
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Old 06-22-24, 03:42 AM
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Install 1 side of tire to rim. Using lag bolt thru bolt hole in rim, mount rim with tire to a length of 2x8 to secure rim. Using 2 C clamps with 6 inch opening. compress sidewalls of tire together over an area between 90-180 degrees. Push compressed area of tire toward center of rim. Lever the bead opposite the compressed area over rim. Release C clamps and move them to area of tire just mounted and compress side walls. Push compressed area of tire toward center of rim. Lever the bead opposite the compressed area over rim. Remove clamps and pressurize tire.
 
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Remember to use oil or grease around the edge of the tire so it will slip on. I keep used motor oil. That's what I use to lube the edge.
 
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I bolted it to a 2x8. Setting it in the grass made it good and stable (as apposed to putting it on my tailgate) so it would not move as I worked on it. Used two vice grip clamps and worked around the bead about an inch at a time. Took less than ten minutes, probably closer to five. Thanks for the advice.
 
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I was amazed at how well the Harbor Freight Mini Tire Changer was built, and how well it worked on some serious tire mounting projects. On a couple of them, I found that there was a point when initially trying to get the tire in position to use the lever to put pull it all the way on that assistance from a strong armed neighbor was needed to hold the tire in position when I started to pull the lever, and I did not have a ratcheting strap for seating the bead at first, but do now!
 
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Old 06-30-24, 05:32 PM
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It's good to share hints that we've come across.
Also... one recommendation.... use dishwashing liquid for beading help as opposed to motor oil.
 
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