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Old 06-04-2008, 02:43 PM   #1
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I recently removed a bunch of tires from their rims and believe that I have an easy and convenient method which I wanted to share with others.

I used a cheap rectangular roasting pan and set it across two burners and added boiling water about half way up. Using the rectangular pan I was able to fit 8 wheels at once. I then put a half sheet pan on top of the roasting pan to keep in all the steam. After about 20 minutes I took out one wheel and submerged it in a cold pot of water. While keeping the wheel submerged I separated the tire from the wheel with little difficulty. Keeping them submerged in water saves your hands from being burned. I also found that the sides that were not in the boiling water were even easier to remove which I guess makes sense since steam has more heat energy than water. I then repeated this for each wheel.

This was my first time removing tires so I cant say if this is easier than baking or using acetone but it sure was easy and I didnt have to worry about damaging the tires (pink compounds) with acetone or making my place smell like burning rubber.

One question: after removing the tires I noticed most of my wheels had one to three small cracks along the inside rim. Do you think I have to replace these wheels or are these small cracks normal which wont really affect the car?
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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why don't you just soak them in acetone, they just fall off the rims then....
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because acetone eats up the rim and the tire
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I use an old crock pot I picked up from Goodwill.
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:46 PM   #5
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why don't you just soak them in acetone, they just fall off the rims then....
But acetone is hazardous to breathe. If you spill it on something it can ruin it, its bad for your skin. Its got alot of negatives, then you gotta do something with it after it loses its effectiveness.

Finding a "green" way of doing it is great IMO
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The trick with the Acetone is not to submerge the tire and wheel. I use paint can tops to place my wheels on inside a tub with acetone filled half to three quarters way up the caps. It did eat the foams, but did not seem to affect the rubber of the wheel in my experience....
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baking is easy and I don't see any problem with the tires afterwards.
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baking is easy and I don't see any problem with the tires afterwards.

I'm pretty new to this, but isn't the point to remove the worn tires from the rims so that you can re-use the rims? Why worry about the tires?
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Because the foams sometimes wear out before the tires do...
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what he said but in my case I run Kyosho cars and getting parts/rims here is impossible and if you find a new track you may change tires, there are more tracks here in MI than Kyosho parts

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Sure you can do it those ways, but what a PITA.
This is hands down the ONLY way to remove tires...
-Preheat oven to 350F
-Turn oven off when it reaches 350
-Put a rag on a cookie sheet
-Set tires on cookie sheet
-Put in oven for 10 minutes
-Put on some gloves
-Grab your tires
-They'll just pop right off
Tires, wheels, & foams all still intact
TRUST ME, it works better than any other method
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if my tires are worn i will cut the tire from the rim and then bake them in my wifes oven at 300 deg. for about ten min. take them out and the left over tire will just pull off the rim. its super easy and wont damage the rim. and it doesnt stink up the kitchen either or the oven.
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Sure you can do it those ways, but what a PITA.
This is hands down the ONLY way to remove tires...
-Preheat oven to 350F
-Turn oven off when it reaches 350
-Put a rag on a cookie sheet
-Set tires on cookie sheet
-Put in oven for 10 minutes
-Put on some gloves
-Grab your tires
-They'll just pop right off
Tires, wheels, & foams all still intact
TRUST ME, it works better than any other method
I did it this way and it works. I had to replace the foam inserts. They where worn out. I had No problems with the tires or rims.
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because acetone eats up the rim and the tire
never had a problem.... and the tyres are still useable.

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But acetone is hazardous to breathe. If you spill it on something it can ruin it, its bad for your skin. Its got alot of negatives, then you gotta do something with it after it loses its effectiveness.

Finding a "green" way of doing it is great IMO
you glue your tyres don't ya.... best you don't, as it is bad for you, the fumes can crystalise in your eyes, glue your fingers together.... motor spray, thats as bad as acetone...

In the end, if you are stupid enough to pour it over your skin/drink it etc, maybe you shouldn't be allowed anything but blunt objects to play with?
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I did it this way and it works. I had to replace the foam inserts. They where worn out. I had No problems with the tires or rims.
Really? Baking tires of my car stunk up my entire house, making a cloudy white haze that hung near the ceiling and set off my poisonous gas detector. That was for 20 minutes at 350. Won't be doing that inside again.
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