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Old 02-25-2009, 06:31 AM   #1
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is there anything to use to remove glued tires from wheels without damage?
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:42 AM   #2
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acetone works good. So does boiling them. Yes, boil a large pot of water and stick them in there. Takes about 15 minutes to get them to loosen up. Acetone will ruin the foams but works better at getting the old glue off the wheels where the boiling water trick doesn't.
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i use the boiling method with good results. u may need to boil them longer then 15 min. just keep boiling them til they come loose. by boiling them u can save everything and reuse. just make sure u use a junk pot. i got a large pot at wal mart for like $10. also u will have to boil one side at a time. the side that is in the water will loosen up, take it out and press the tire off the rim. be caeful it will b hot. i run them under cold water b4 i mess with it. no the glue will not reset in the cold water. then throw the tire back in with the other side in the water and repeat the process.
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i use the boiling method with good results. u may need to boil them longer then 15 min. just keep boiling them til they come loose. by boiling them u can save everything and reuse. just make sure u use a junk pot. i got a large pot at wal mart for like $10. also u will have to boil one side at a time. the side that is in the water will loosen up, take it out and press the tire off the rim. be caeful it will b hot. i run them under cold water b4 i mess with it. no the glue will not reset in the cold water. then throw the tire back in with the other side in the water and repeat the process.
Can I reuse the tire after boiling? I have a new tire on a cracked rim I need to replace the rim. What's the best method to replace a rim and salvage the tire?
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Can I reuse the tire after boiling? I have a new tire on a cracked rim I need to replace the rim. What's the best method to replace a rim and salvage the tire?
Just what he said. I forgot to mention you need to flip the tire. It floats so.....

Boil them and once their off the wheel, clean them up some and your ready to glue them on a different wheel.

When I started racing, I use to try and remove the tires off the wheels. It got to be a major PITA and I would just buy new wheels and tires. Now I have about 100 sets of tires, some still like new, others bald as a babies bottom.

By the way, I don't race anymore so I have all these tires piled in a box. I'll probably toss them in the garbage.
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I boiled tires also with good success. Thier were a few spots were the glue didn't quite release from the wheel. It seems to me that the glue releases at 300 degrees and water boils at 230. I was going to use a pressure cooker for my next attempt. This way I could get the wheel and tire closer to 300 degrees. I also reused the foam to get me out of a bind. Worked good enough last season I didn't replace it.
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I bake my tires off.
Heat oven to 350. When burner/element shuts off put tires in oven. After about 15 minutes pull them out. Using gloves seperate the tire from the rim. If some areas are still bonded repete procces. Don't know if some of the newer molded foams can handle that much heat but the older cut foams actually come out good as new.

NOTE: If your wing or another plastic part is deformed, you can also place it in the oven and it will return to it's original shape. Boiling them also works.
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I use acetone. Works great for me. Cut the tire off the rim, remove foam. Pour a gallon of acetone from the local hardware store into a 5 gallon kitty litter bucket (they have a snap on lid to keep the fumes contained), throw the wheels in (I usually do around 4-6 wheels at a time). Let sit overnight. Pull off "rubber bands" the next day. Wipe wheels clean and be sure to wear gloves unless you like dry hands.
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I bake my tires off.
Heat oven to 350. When burner/element shuts off put tires in oven. After about 15 minutes pull them out. Using gloves seperate the tire from the rim. If some areas are still bonded repete procces. Don't know if some of the newer molded foams can handle that much heat but the older cut foams actually come out good as new.

NOTE: If your wing or another plastic part is deformed, you can also place it in the oven and it will return to it's original shape. Boiling them also works.
This is what I did with my tires. Line a pan with foil, put the tires in the oven at 350 for 15 min. The side that is up will pop right off. flip the tires and do it again. It will smell up the house for a little while but the tires and wheels will be fine.
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did try the baking method and ended up with ruined foams. so far boiling works for me the best.
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Can I reuse the tire after boiling? I have a new tire on a cracked rim I need to replace the rim. What's the best method to replace a rim and salvage the tire?
yes u can reuse the tires, rims and foams. whatever u r trying to save u can reuse then all.
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baking makes your house smells like burned rubber. i like using acetone, just kills the foams.

but i would just buy new ones anways.
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Do all of you soak in acetone? Do you buy it in bulk? 1 gallon at Lowes is like $16.
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Do all of you soak in acetone? Do you buy it in bulk? 1 gallon at Lowes is like $16.
i don't use acetone. takes too long
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I bake my tires off.
Heat oven to 350. When burner/element shuts off put tires in oven. After about 15 minutes pull them out. Using gloves seperate the tire from the rim. If some areas are still bonded repete procces. Don't know if some of the newer molded foams can handle that much heat but the older cut foams actually come out good as new.

NOTE: If your wing or another plastic part is deformed, you can also place it in the oven and it will return to it's original shape. Boiling them also works.
+1 I use welding gloves, put them in the freezer when you put the tires in the oven (cool hands). If the tire does not pop of easily just put it back in the oven for a few more min.
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