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Old 10-18-2006, 08:33 PM   #1
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how to remove tires off a rim yourself?

Has anyone here easily been able to remove a tire off a rim themselves? I want to remove my 225/40/18 tires off my 18" wheels so that I can refinish the wheels myself over the winter. I was thinking of deflating the tires completely, then using oil + butter knife to lift the beat over the rim edge. What do you guys think?
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Just stop by a tire shop... They wil pull them for you in under 20min, 10 min if they are slow.

Half the tire shops I know would not even bother charging you, Just give the guy a $20 tip and call it a day.
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I had a wheel unmounted, and another wheel mounted on the same tire, & balanced. (Wheel was off the car) and it was $13.xx. + 12 mins of my time.

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Just stop by a tire shop... They wil pull them for you in under 20min, 10 min if they are slow.

Half the tire shops I know would not even bother charging you, Just give the guy a $20 tip and call it a day.

I am assuming the guy wants to remove the tire to save money. $20 tip? You're one heavy tipper I'll give you that.....

.....unless of course that was a joke.
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Has anyone here easily been able to remove a tire off a rim themselves? I want to remove my 225/40/18 tires off my 18" wheels so that I can refinish the wheels myself over the winter. I was thinking of deflating the tires completely, then using oil + butter knife to lift the beat over the rim edge. What do you guys think?
if you are successful, let me know cause you're the only one that has done this with oil and butter knife! LOL!!! I agree with everyone else, they will charge you like $10 to get it off the rim for you. They have the machines and it won't be a burden to do.
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Old 10-23-2006, 12:59 PM   #6
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I am assuming the guy wants to remove the tire to save money. $20 tip? You're one heavy tipper I'll give you that.....

.....unless of course that was a joke.
Thats exactly why I want to remove them myself, to save money. Local shops want me to pay $15/wheel just to remove the tire
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I'd try talking to one of the tire guys themselves...instead of the front desk jockey. Offer him $20 to remove all the tires.

Good luck getting it off with a butterknife though...lol...it isn't a bicycle tire.
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So the butter knife concept won't work. I won't attempt to try it, but I thought I would throw that idea out there to see if anyone used it.

Anyhow, Ill just get them removed professionally.
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yeah I wouldn't fool around with that.. you'd probably end up damaging the rim as well. it's a waste of money, but theres no other way to do it..
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is there no way to do this yourself? i am going to get some new summer tires mounted on my rims and the guy can give me the best deal if they are walk-ins (read: tires and rims are seperate and ready to be mounted) but unfortunately my summer rims have old tires mounted on them. they are 40 series, so i would bet that the shorter sidewall would prove even more of a challenge.
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They only charge 4-6 bucks to mount a tire here...

You google it?
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You can get old tires removed, new tires mounted and balanced at NTB for $40 +tax...

...I'm sure the price wouldn't be too different at other non-chain tire shops, perhaps a little cheaper.
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Phil, have you tried asking Cheap Thrills? They seem to have good prices but might be too far from you.

Besides that, I would be careful where you take the wheels b/c if the place is shady they might end up scratching your rims in the process. It's better to spend a little extra and make sure the shop is being careful with them.
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You can get old tires removed, new tires mounted and balanced at NTB for $40 +tax...

...I'm sure the price wouldn't be too different at other non-chain tire shops, perhaps a little cheaper.

that might be the standard price for a 60 series 15" setup, but i can't find anything like that for a 235/40/18.
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i think is a cazry pain to remove tires off the rim. never done it myself but if u look hot tires are mounted and unmounted u can get an idea of how to attempt it urself. ur best chace would be: deflate, get lots of pressure down on the sidewall (like a real heavy dude standing on it) then use a crow bar or tire iron to hook the tire from inside and pick it out. but i think id spend the extra $ and not take a chance to damage the tires.
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i think is a cazry pain to remove tires off the rim. never done it myself but if u look hot tires are mounted and unmounted u can get an idea of how to attempt it urself. ur best chace would be: deflate, get lots of pressure down on the sidewall (like a real heavy dude standing on it) then use a crow bar or tire iron to hook the tire from inside and pick it out. but i think id spend the extra $ and not take a chance to damage the tires.

true.

but now that i think about it, my tires are practically bald, so i may just cut them up and let it fall apart from the rim.
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