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Old 06-12-2011, 04:56 PM
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Ok, I know there is probably a blue million threads out about how you can remove tires, but id like to hear what methods people have tried, and what worked best. I have a like new set of MGT tires on 14mm rims that are stripping, and i hate for them to be useless because they work great on my pulling truck.

I have tried baking off a few tires now. I only managed to get 1 set off without tearing them. The others were factory glue'd T-Maxx tires and I managed to rip the tires before i could get them off.

I have also heard of boiling, but that seems like a big mess. And I have heard of the acetone method as well, which seems like it may work?

I havent tried baking these tires yet. Just looking for the best way to go about it so that i dont ruin the tires.

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I have used boiling most of the time but seem to need a hobby knife to remove a little of the tire where the bead was still stuck on the rim.

Someone in the nitro offroad section has this thread going also and some guys are saying use a heat gun on high and hold it 2 inches from the wheel while following the bead around the wheel, once you hear the bead letting loose continue for another 30 seconds then with gloves remove the tire from the rim.

I will be trying this soon^
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Acetone works, but it can be a mess - I use a 1gal paint can with lid and pour enough acetone, maybe 1/2 - 3/4" in and place tires in the can and seal it, come back 12 - 24hr later and flip them over and wait another12 - 24hr. Has never failed, but it can also melt the liners depending on what they are. Any RTR type open cell foam liner I've done this on melts leaving a gooey residue inside to clean up making it a PIA.

I've also heard that freezing them in a deep freezer, not a refrig freezer, will get them off. I like the heat gun idea, would be better than boiling or baking since you could do it outside and stick up the house....
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Thanks for the info guys!

Ill have to say that heat gun methods looks to be the best so far if it really works that well. Might have to buy a cheap heat gun at harbor freight to try this with. Keep me updated if any of you try it.
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Thanks for the info guys!

Ill have to say that heat gun methods looks to be the best so far if it really works that well. Might have to buy a cheap heat gun at harbor freight to try this with. Keep me updated if any of you try it.
Will be trying it next weekend so will let you know
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Acetone shrunk my super soft tires and couldn't reuse them never tried anything else
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Acetone shrunk my super soft tires and couldn't reuse them never tried anything else
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The best method IMO.

Hara uses a Brand new X-acto blade and cuts the bead of the tire as close as he can to the bead of the wheel. You just fold the tire back and replace the foam. Then re-glue the tire. The rubber actually bonds better to itself than the wheel.

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Originally Posted by Cummins Driver View Post
Thanks for the info guys!

Ill have to say that heat gun methods looks to be the best so far if it really works that well. Might have to buy a cheap heat gun at harbor freight to try this with. Keep me updated if any of you try it.
Best method is using acetone/paint thinner etc. WHat you do is suspend the tire/rim ABOVE(do not submerge em or let the tires and rims touch the liquid) and out of the acetone in a 5 gallon container, put the lid on, come back after 24-48 hours and those tires will be sperated. Boiling and or baking does not work well. The vapours will seperate the tires from the rims on its own.
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boiling is the cleanest, just boil them in a pot of water for about 30-40 minutes and the wheel will just slide out of the tire. let the tires and foams dry out and they are completely re usable. it doesn't stink up the house like baking, and doesn't require chemicals like acetone.

its clean, doesn't smell and allows you to re-use every part of the wheel/tire/foam.
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I actually ended up getting them off by baking them for about 9 minutes at 450*. Worked really well on these tires. The only bad thing is that somehow 2 of the tires got a little hot on one side in one spot and it didnt melt them, just made them sticky and ditorted the rubber slightly. They will be fine, but the heat gun would work better without worrying about that.
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