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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Splitting old NOS tire from wheel w/o damaging it

I have an NOS dual redline tire on a standard 5 lug wheel that was an original '66 trunk spare. I would like to re-use the tire and put on another rim. Is there anything I should know about having the tire split at a local tire shop that could damage the tire or tips that will reduce the chance of damage when its split?
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So long as it's a reputable shop with newer equipment and someone who know what they're doing, you should be fine. It's hard to screw it up with a steel wheel. You can reduce the risk by pulling any weights off before you take it in- I've seen tires during removal get snagged by the weights and tear the bead. Seen as in been there- done that; I have my own new Coats tire machine and overlooked the weights. If the tire is dry rotted and going to break- it'll happen regardless of where you take it. I'd just make sure they know what they're doing and let 'em do it.

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Is there any grease or lube they should be applying to help the tire slide off easier?


I'll be sure and remove the tire weights. Thanks for the tip.
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Most places have a tire slime they apply to install new tires- it's a soap mixture for the most part that helps the tire bead up on the rim. They may or may not use it to remove the tire, just depends on the guy doing it. Back in my tire days most guys didn't use it during removal unless they were extremely expensive wheels or tires and they were afraid they'd have to pay to replace them if boogered up. You just reminded me of something we used to do to rookies- we'd leave a big wad of the monkey snot (tire lube) in the area of the bead that had the biggest gap, then rotate it towards the new guy. When the tire aired up and the bead popped, it'd squirt that big ball of crap all over the poor guy! Man that was funny!!

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Is there any grease or lube they should be applying to help the tire slide off easier?


I'll be sure and remove the tire weights. Thanks for the tip.
Tell them to break the bead on both sides and lube the bead before removing the tire. Make sure they use the modern euro style machine. If you are in WA state I can do it for you at no charge.
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If you can find a shop that services high end cars such as Porsche, etc.
I'd talk to them about what you need done. Or a restoration shop.
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Thanks for the offer CMEFLY. I'm in UT or I'd take you up on the offer. Thanks all for the advice!
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