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    HELP! ATV tire blew up in my face!

    I purchased a Duro DI-2025 Power Grip Front/Rear Tire 26X8R14 (205/75-14) and tried to mount it myself today. Finally got it on the rim but couldn't get the bead to set. Repeatedly inflated to 100psi and deflated, used lots of WD40 to lube the bead, then it blew apart! $200 worth of tire and tube down the crapper!

    I just bought my 89 TW a couple of weeks ago, primarily becaus I wanted to mount a big, nasty ATV rear tire, like so many owners have. So....

    I'm a slow learner and am going to get another ATV tire, so can anyone give me some pointers on how to safely and successfully mount one of these tires. I specifically got the Duro because many people have mounted them. Please help. Does the 89 TW have a slightly different rim contour or something?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Do a search it is covered. hope you are OK.

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    A search will show how to trim bead on Duro. Lower pressure and greater patience after trimming should work.
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    maKE SURE TO TRIM THE BEAD PROPERLY, use purple HD Slick as a lubricant, and then use the ratchet strap. Also try taking it to a tire shop. They do tires all day long and know all the tricks. Anytime you do something the first time (juggling, field dressing a deer, having sex, training a dog, driving a car, etc) you always do a piss poor job of it the first time. Mounting an atv tire on a MC is no different.
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    Thanks guys. I ordered another tire and tube so I'll get a chance to use your tricks. Very much appreciated. Thanks.

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    The bead trim is the only way to get it done, that and a lot of lube. When i did mine i found the best lube to use came from my local CVS in the form of astroglide.
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    You need to have a proper cage to do this. You can drastically change your life in a bad way doing this without it. You got lucky but don't count on luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenmarklay View Post
    You need to have a proper cage to do this. You can drastically change your life in a bad way doing this without it. You got lucky but don't count on luck.
    I concur... tire work has killed a few folks... or disfigured. 100psi can produce tremendous force. multiply the square inches of the sidewall on the tire by 100lb and you will get an idea.

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    Yes to all the above. My Duro was trimmed then taken to a tire shop where I urged them to not overpressure nor risk damage or injury. "70 psi max please and I'll finish at home of not seated". Sure enough, 90% bead seated, I took home, placed in front of wood stove @ ~50 psi and waited overnight. Two gentle "pops" the next morning and Everything looked great.
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    I like the way sometimes the solution to TW problems is just ride the darn thing. Bead not seated? Ride it! Gummy carburator? SeaFoam it then Ride it!
    Now if only I can figure how riding can unbend the clutch lever
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