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Old 09-07-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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how do you put the wheel in the tire?

I will be purchasing wheels and tires separately and trying to find ways to save money. Rather than a paying a shop to put the wheel and tire together, is there a safe and easy way to do it yourself? Or is this something that shop should do?
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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you need a shop. or a friend that works in a shop
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You can do it yourself but you'll scratch the hell out of your rims and there will be lots of choice 4-letter words. I've done it with ATV tires and that's a hell of a workout, truck tires wouldn't be fun to mount on your own. You're much better off taking it to a shop. Even if you did manage to mount the tires on the rim, you have no way to balance the tires.
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they are actually quite easy to mount but if you have to ask how, you probably should do it yourself my 2 cents
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me and my brother have done it with a forklift, pry bar, driving another car on top of the tire/wheel with desired tire on it (we were doing a swap). lots of cursing and scratched rims as mentioned before. just take it to a cheap shop that will do it is your best bet. . . . another idea, some high schools (mine did) with auto mechanics class have tire changers. guy that was a grade below me's family owned a tire shop. we'd take our tires in there and he would do it like a pro. so if you got a little brother, cousin, whatever in a high school shop class you could try that. free!!
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me and my brother have done it with a forklift, pry bar, driving another car on top of the tire/wheel with desired tire on it (we were doing a swap). lots of cursing and scratched rims as mentioned before. just take it to a cheap shop that will do it is your best bet. . . . another idea, some high schools (mine did) with auto mechanics class have tire changers. guy that was a grade below me's family owned a tire shop. we'd take our tires in there and he would do it like a pro. so if you got a little brother, cousin, whatever in a high school shop class you could try that. free!!
or go to a technical school/city college with auto shop..worth the shot.
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Thanks for everyone's input and you all have convinced that this is not task to do yourself. I guess I'll be packing PB&J sandwiches to work for the next few months to save money.
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Find a local independent tire shop that has a hydraulic mounting machine..shouldn't cost more than $50 to get all 4 done.

Once they're mounted they will need to be balanced.
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Find a local independent tire shop that has a hydraulic mounting machine..shouldn't cost more than $50 to get all 4 done.

Once they're mounted they will need to be balanced.
Find a walmart. Bastards only charge $5 to mount each tire and $5 each to balance ($7 per for lifetime balancing).

Cheapest option i believe.
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Many shops won't charge you for mounting the tire if you do the balancing with them. That's what happened to me. I ended up paying like $20 out the door with tires mounted and balanced.
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Get down to the local Harbor Freight store...I have used one of their cheap machines to mount over a hundred motorcycle tires over the years...

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Find a walmart. Bastards only charge $5 to mount each tire and $5 each to balance ($7 per for lifetime balancing).

Cheapest option i believe.
They will only mount new tires.
So watch what you bring in..

and some are stifflers..will only charge that fee if you buy tires from Walmart. Douches.
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