With an increasing reliance on internet sales for off road parts and accessories including wheels and tires one of the biggest questions remains, how do I mount the tires when I get them? Tire shops like to sell tires, and getting yours mounted that you purchased off the internet becomes a lesson in supply and demand. With the popularity of beadlock wheels on the rise, it makes mounting them at home a lot easier. In fact, it’s so easy we tasked sixteen year old Cody Knoll to mount a set of Falken Wild peak ATs on a prototype set of Raceline Bandito 15″ Beadlocks for our Kawasaki Teryx4. With only a couple of hand tools, a plastic bucket, and an air compressor he made short work of the 5 wheels and tires. What if you have to dismount a tire? Have no fear, even though we are mounting new tires and wheels we will take a look at a tool every offroader should own. Manufactured by Raceline wheels, we picked up this handy tool from SXSPerformance.com. The Raceline beadbreaker will work on wheels from 12″-20″ and quickly breaks the bead on almost any wheel and tire combo.
First, you start by letting all the air out of the wheel, then work the tool into the tire at the edge of the wheel. The hook on the other end attaches to the lip adjacent to where you have inserted the tool. In some cases standing on the tire helps get it started.
Next, just work the tool around the bead. It usually only takes three or four motions of the tool to dismount the bead. A couple minutes with your tire spoons and the tire is off the wheel. With a beadlock wheel this is a pretty simple task. If you don’t have beadlocks it will require significantly more effort.
The new Raceline Bandito 15″ Beadlock for most UTV applications was developed for SXS owners who want to run a light truck tire on their UTV. While its heavier than its smaller cousins from Raceline, you will be hard pressed to find a stronger wheel in this price range. For pricing please visit SXSPerformance.
Our Tire choice was based on Falken Tires recent support of the Off Highway community. Sponsoring OHV events, and supporting land use issues it was a easy choice when we looked for a light truck tire to purchase. The less aggressive tread pattern was also of interest because we are not really sure what the long term ramifications are going to be on our Teryx4. The 30″ tall tire is significantly taller and heavier than its stock counterpart.
Now here is our secret weapon, a 5 gal plastic bucket. Everyone should have one in their shop, and it was the perfect stand to help us install the tire. True its a little ghetto, but it works. First thing first you need some soapy water in a spray bottle, or small bowl. We coated the inside bead of the tire and pushed it onto the wheel surface. The beadlock has an inner bead that the beadlock bolts onto. The inner bead will need to be worked over this. Harbor Freight tire spoons made short work of accomplishing this task.
Here you can see Cody working the bead over that inner lip of the beadlock. It helps if you have a friend to push the tire down while you work the tire spoons, but Cody was able to accomplish this without help by pushing down with his upper body. Keep your fingers out of the area while you are attempting to push the tire down. We also found it is easier if you start opposite of the valve stem.
Once the inner bead is on the wheel the hard part is done. Now just line up the outer bead on the beadlock and start installing the bolts. You will need to work your way around the beadlock ring a few times.
Raceline provided all the required hardware to install your Rings. They offer multiple choices for beadlock rings. You don’t need to tighten the ring until it touches the inner ring. The outer beadlock ring just needs to be tight enough to hold the tire, and you can always tighten them if they leak. On this combination we had a about a 1/16 of an inch gap all the way around the wheel.
Removing the valve stem core will help you set the inner bead. make sure you are wearing safety glasses and keep your fingers out of the tire and wheel combination when you start airing up the tire. All tires and wheel will require different pressure to set the bead. With this package, we were able to set the bead at around 28 psi. Depending how much soap was left on the inner bead will also affect the amount of pressure needed to seat the bead. You will likely have to push down on the tire to help it hold enough air to get started filling. The bucket comes in really handy in aiding in this process. Throwing your knee up onto the tire will aid in this effort.
The 15″ Bandito looks great on our SXS and afforded us some additional ground clearance at the trailing arms with the 30″ Falken tires. After we test out various tire pressures to figure out what works best we plan to cut some additional groves into the tire to help save some weight and increase traction.
Next time you are thinking about how you are going to mount those tires you can get a great deal on, maybe you will just give mounting them yourself a shot?