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    too much juice. I am guessing the guy placed his foot inside the rim to push it down onto the bead of the tire. I can't understand why because when you spray a volatile substance inside of the tire then torch it off the expansion of the gases is going to seat the bead. The key is not adding too much juice you just want enough to give a rapid huff.
    I've mounted and inflated countless truck tires using that method but and there is always a but isn't there? It is not a safe practice yes with experience it can be done in semi reasonable safety. One key factor is to spray in a little juice torch it off then slap the sidewall of the tire with a tire hammer the rapid movement of the sidewall will exchange burned air with fresh and accelerate the flash usually seating on the first try. if not do not increase the amount of spray significantly then do it again.
    but by far the safer method is a high volume blasť of air from a large flat nozzle 150 PSI air escaping from a 2 inch ball valve opened full open will direct enough air to seat the bead on the most stubborn tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    but by far the safer method is a high volume blasť of air from a large flat nozzle 150 PSI air escaping from a 2 inch ball valve opened full open will direct enough air to seat the bead on the most stubborn tires
    $51 on eBay for a 5 gallon size, $70 for a 10 gallon. (anyone interested search for "tire seat blaster" or "bead seater").



    These low cost bead seaters are the way to go. I remember an early summer job while still in HS. The old guy was trying all sorts of tricks to get the tire that was from the bottom of a pile of hot cap tires to start inflating. He tried all sorts of stupid things like using the thick lubricating soap they used back then (to fill a 1 inch gap between the tire bead and rim, looked like wheel grease, it came this way in the can, and required water to thin it down). He left lots of this in the tire, it was a turnbuckle and bicycle tube that another old dog used to get the tire seated. Told the customer they had to come back so they could scoop the tire lube out. I think that was ~1973. It was a good job for a kid, as I still do my own tire work.

    I've seen enough youtube videos on dumb tire tricks that kill people. I'm more amazed that guy didn't have his leg broken.

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    That's laugh out loud funny.

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    Yup——To much juice!!

    I’ve also done many tires this way. Starting with a low dose is always your best bet.

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    When I used to change big truck tires, e.g. 11R24.5, I'd use about a half-second spray of starting fluid. This guy looked like he was painting it in there. Eek!


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