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Hi jhc, and welcome to the forum!

Not sure, but it might work depending upon the length of the area that still needs to seat. If it were me, here is what I would be tempted to try. First, drop the tire pressure down to 0 psi and well lubricate the area of the tire/rim that still needs to be seated. Next, air the Duro up to about 4-5 psi and ride it around town for a few miles and see if that does the trick. The thinking here is that at this low pressure, the sidewall of the Duro may flex enough for the bead to seat. However, if you are using the original Duro, the sidewall is very stiff, so this may not work. If it doesn't work, inflate the Duro to the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewall - probably about 33-36 psi and leave the tire either out in the direct sun (weather permitting) or in well heated space indoors. Repeat this entire process until the bead seats. Be patient and do not the exceed the maximum recommended tire pressure.

Good luck!

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for the love of god be careful. tires explode and can kill you puttting an atv tire on the tw is done all the time but they will explode and if its not in a cage it can be the end. before i switched to atv rims i beaded one up with no probelm and the second one which cost $180 exploded in the tire shop i had do it.

 

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Couple thoughts.

I used an air hose extension with a lock-on air chuck so I could air up my Ceros ATV from a safe distance just in case. During the beading procedure, I strategically placed my tire on some 1x1's inside a stepladder, 1x1's straddled through the steps over top of space heater and covered the whole contraption with plastic to hold in the heat.

The bead on my tire didn't pop on until I started repeatedly cycling airing it up and letting the air back out with a tire lube of my choice. Initially, just one side popped on but I was able to get the other side to pop on within a few try's after the first side popped on so it was quick once the first side slide on.

I used Astroglide lube but next time I'll try the tire lube Mel mentioned many moons ago (of which I can't remember the name off hand). Ha, I said off hand and astroglide in the same post.
 

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Admiral, that rim lubricant and bead sealer is "Freylube". I found it very successful on all tires, including my semi, automotive, and motorcycle tires. I will be interested in how it works on those tires of yours.
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There's also some called "Bull Snot". Quite a name huh? I've not tried it but, ever since I was looking up tire lube on Amazon, I clicked on that brand and, no matter what I'm looking at, from that point on, RV forums, TW forums, Gold Wing forums, no matter, an ad pops up for "Bull Snot" somewhere on that page.

As for using the *FIRE* method for seating the beads, well, yeah, that's been done for decades and decades. The very first time I saw it was in mid '80 when I was having some 33x12.50's installed on my 16.5 wheels on my '79 Ford F-350 One ton. The tire tech had just finished mounting all four of those 12.50's but, didn't inflate them. Instead, one at a time, he's walk over to the un-inflated tire/wheel combo and, spray in some tire buffing liquid, VERY FLAMBIBLE STUFF with a very low vapor point. Then, after squirting a basic amount in the bead/inside the tire area, he sprayed a trail from the tire, to a few feet away, much like was done in that video in the later part. At that point, I'm really wondering what the heck is going on here, as I watched.

Well, since MANY people smoked at that time and era, he took out a cigarette and, lit it. With the same match, he lit the trail of the tire buffing liquid. That fire found its way to the tire/wheel combo and, BAM, it was seated and, it had an immediate 15 psi pressure in it. He checked it and said: "Yep, 15 psi, just like I figured. He then did the other three, the same way. Each time, it was a one-shot deal. He did not have to do multiple attempts like the video showed. Since then, I've done that same method several times.

Is it safe, hell no it's not safe. Has anyone died from it? Not a clue. I spoke with the manager of the tire store about his procedure when I went into pay for my new tires. The manager chuckled a bit and stated: "Yeah, he's been doing that method for years and, not one tire or wheel has ever been damaged". I suspect "OSHA" might have had something to say about that method, but, I don't think they were around then. Anyway, I used dawn dish soap for my last tire job on the TW and, it worked flawlessly. But, I was advised by another member here later that, dish soap will or can, eventually almost turn into a glue and make removal of the tire, at a later date, be somewhat hard to do. Only time will tell as, I'm not planning on tearing those two tires down any time soon, THEY'RE BRAND NEW. I'll worry about that at a later date.
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To the original poster who just has a small un-beaded section remaining, I wonder if placing the wheel in the shower under a stream of hot water might do the trick? Another option would be to toss the wheel into a spa, hot tub or sauna if you have one available.
 

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Thank you gentlemen, both Frey Lube and BullSnot are now saved in my favorites.
Can you imagine what folks might think say if, they read or were told that you ordered some "Bullsnot" from Amazon?
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Can you imagine what folks might think say if, they read or were told that you ordered some "Bullsnot" from Amazon?
Scott

Bwhahaha...or Astroglide for that matter. It's for seating the beads of tires...honest it is!
 

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To the original poster who just has a small un-beaded section remaining, I wonder if placing the wheel in the shower under a stream of hot water might do the trick? Another option would be to toss the wheel into a spa, hot tub or sauna if you have one available.
i leave mine in the boiler room over night.
 

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Bwhahaha...or Astroglide for that matter. It's for seating the beads of tires...honest it is!
It even reads on the back of the tube that it is used for beating a seed.
 

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Nothing's sacred anymore. Big brother's tracking every move.
 

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