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Old 12-17-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I have read somewhere a while back about people recycling their wheels by baking the wheels to get rid of remmants of the old tires. Is this true? Is it worth the hassel? I would imagine that the rims would warp under the heat and that the house would smell like burned rubber.

Anyone ever tried this?
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i have done it and it did work. heat to 400F cook tires and rims for 10min turn oven off let them come back to room temp. the ca will crystalize and come right off. If it does not come right off put it back in the oven. Also you can soak them in asetone
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soak in acetone, thats what ive always heard
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Hey guys, I have read somewhere a while back about people recycling their wheels by baking the wheels to get rid of remmants of the old tires. Is this true? Is it worth the hassel? I would imagine that the rims would warp under the heat and that the house would smell like burned rubber.

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I have been told by other racers that this method works as well as boiling the wheels, but hands down the best process I have found is just to cut as much of the tire off the wheel, clean the wheels, and dip them in a bucket of acetone for about 24 hrs and your done.
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I have done it several times. It does stink the house up. Make sure if you do it that you dont want to run the old tires any more because they will be DONE. As far as warping the tire I never really noticed any thing real bad but I am sure it has to take some strength out of the wheel. I dont do it often but I have done a hand full of times.
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acetone over night and the tires come off in one piece.
no pulling no scraping no scrubbing..thats it the tire practically falls off the rim.
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I've been removing old tires for years by baking them. I heat only to 275-300 degrees for 20 minutes or so. The old foam does stink so an old toaster oven in the shop keeps the house from stinking. This method is way cheaper than acetone. A yardsale oven cost less than a gallon of acetone. Boiling plastic seems to make it stronger, so I assume heating it may have a similar effect.
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For you guys that soak in acetone does this effect the tires or foam?
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For you guys that soak in acetone does this effect the tires or foam?
Your foams are useless after the acetone bath. Everything else is fine.
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Hey guys, I have read somewhere a while back about people recycling their wheels by baking the wheels to get rid of remmants of the old tires. Is this true? Is it worth the hassel? I would imagine that the rims would warp under the heat and that the house would smell like burned rubber.

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Heres a vid on boiling and baking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxnRwRaora0
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Your foams are useless after the acetone bath. Everything else is fine.
would this be true with foams like the aka that are closed cell also?
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Hmm.... you know what I don't know
I wouldn't try it
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i bake mine off and reuse all the foams except for proline ones
the proline ones seem to fall apart
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i think by the time your tires are done, the wheels are done as well, i noticed that the wheels are tweaked even after 1 race. i dont know if i would put a brand new set of tires on old rims, but a few guys i know cut the tire off as much as possible and then use acetone
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I went to wal-mart and bought a $15 toaster oven for removing tires. It also works for removing engine bearings.
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