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Old 07-19-2007, 10:32 AM   #16
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you can save the foams... but you waste the tires...

cut the tire all the way around down the center, open it up, pull the foam off, and then acetone the tire off the wheel.

foam saved and wheels ready for new tires...

Unfortunately if the tire is wore out, so will be the foam.
Foams are cheap. If the tire is shot unmount them, toss the foams, and mount up some new tires..
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i personally use the baking method but i was talking to a few people about it and never realized that when you bake a tire you are changing the compound of the rubber. its heating the rubber up and when it cools back down it will be harder. not sure how much or anything. i have always baked them off until last night i removed a set with CA Debonder. worked perfect actually and foams rims and tires all saved.
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i personally use the baking method but i was talking to a few people about it and never realized that when you bake a tire you are changing the compound of the rubber. its heating the rubber up and when it cools back down it will be harder. not sure how much or anything. i have always baked them off until last night i removed a set with CA Debonder. worked perfect actually and foams rims and tires all saved.
I did not know that you could use acetone on the rims i thought it would take the color away awome i will try it.
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i used to use acetone at work, and its just like any other solvent but stronger. the stuff is amazing.. havent yet had to unglue some tires but thats the way i'd go.
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I don't actually let the tires soak in the acetone. The fumes are strong enough to eat away at the glue. So you can just set the tires on something in the closed container. I would recommend changing foams ANY time the tires are removed from the rim. I've personally never been able to reuse any foams. usually full of dirt and sand, distorted, and well, just plain fall apart after a tire change.
Foam inserts are cheap, stock up on an extra set. Plus you can get different firmness's to suit your application.
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Baking will not change the tires compound, that is done when they originally mix the rubber. What does happen is that if you use too high of a heat, more than 350, you will "boil" off some of the plasticizer used to keep the tire soft. Below 350 for ten minutes will be easier on the tire and foam than soaking in acetone which also removes the plasticizer.
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I love the acetone method myself. I've tried both baking and boiling. Boiling is just a pain in the A$$! and extremely messy. I've never been able to get the tires off without tearing them. I let the tires soak in a can of acetone over night (not 24 hours) but it still make the glue nice and gummy and then just put the rims back in for a few more hours and there good to go.
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