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Old 04-06-2010, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Inner tube installation tricks/tips

I'm sort of new to installing inner tubes on stuff like lawnmower tractors. Do you guys have any tips for doing it? The package directions said you can use soapy water to help the tube not get twised or bound up. Anything else that makes it easier? Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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Baby powder.

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Old 04-06-2010, 06:09 PM   #3
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Tube Installation 101

1) Put 1st bead of tire on rim
2) Take valve core out of tube
3) Fold tube in 2 with valve at the far end
4) Start rolling tube so all air is forced out of tube
5) Once it’s rolled re-install valve
6) Install tube in tire
7) Lift tire and give a couple of firm shakes (this makes the tube lay on the bottom of tire = no pinch)
8) Re-install top bead take small bites with tire lever, make sure lower bead is in drop center of wheel
9) Make sure balance dot is lined up with valve stem
10) When both beads are on remove valve again and air tire and release a couple of times to get tube to find its home
11) Air up one more time to seat bead
12) Re-install valve and air to specs
13) Make sure bead is even all around
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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ive always used baby powder on my mtb tires and tubes. it seems to make install easy...but ive done hundreds if not thousands of tube swaps.
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:10 PM   #5
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I also recommend baby powder. Less of a mess than soapy water all over the place.

And use actual tire spoon/irons. Large screwdrivers will just mess stuff up. I've done it before with em numerous times, but it's not the right tool for the job.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:44 PM   #6
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1. Take flat tire off tractor.
2. Go to CT Boutique with Tire.
3. Drop off tire at automotive.
4. Got to gardening dept. and pick out a new inner tube of the correct size.
5. Take tube to automotive, request they marry the two together.
6. Browse the aisles of cheap chinese tools for a while.
7. Pick up tire, pay cashier.
8. Go home, install tire, open beer, cut grass.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:31 AM   #7
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hell, just get a new tire and rim , usually come as a complete set
yeah i know it costs more .....
as an example a tube for my rear riding mower is 20.00
a new tire and rim assembly is 45.00
since tire is dry rotted , makes since to replace with new
if your tire is not dry rotted and has a hole or 2 , buy a plug kit and plug tire
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:16 AM   #8
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We mount and balance our own motorcycle tires, and it takes a few to get the hang of it...

We like to set the tires out in the sun for a few hours to get soft, use plenty of lubricant, soap is OK, tire soap is even better, and we put our inner tubes in with some air to avoid pinching. Normally we change tubes when we change tires, unless the tube has only been in use a few months.

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Old 04-07-2010, 09:23 AM   #9
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No sharp tools - period.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:39 PM   #10
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Another angle...usually you are doing this because the old tube had a leak. Even if you are going to immediately discard the old tube and replace with new, you need to find the leak so you can be sure there isn't a piece of junk/nail/glass or a delaminated piece of tire stuck in the tire that caused the problem.
So...before disassembly, mark on the tire where the fill valve on the tube was.
partially inflate old tube, immerse and look for bubbles. When you find the leak, match up tube position with mark on tire so you can see where the leak was in relation to tire. Examine to be sure you are not putting new tube in against a remaining problem.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:45 PM   #11
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I like to leave just a little bit of Air in the New Tube to aid in keeping the folds and such out of the Tube. Baby Powder is good stuff too!
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I also recommend baby powder. Less of a mess than soapy water all over the place.

And use actual tire spoon/irons. Large screwdrivers will just mess stuff up. I've done it before with em numerous times, but it's not the right tool for the job.
i just bought big 24in irons and the tube I put in got a hole in it or something cause it wont hold any air so I was thinking the small spoons would b better and u just confirmed that so thank this was my first time changing a motorcycle tire and the tire is hard as hell to get on and off but im going to try some babyu powder thanx again ttr 125 rider
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i just bought big 24in irons and the tube I put in got a hole in it or something cause it wont hold any air so I was thinking the small spoons would b better and u just confirmed that so thank this was my first time changing a motorcycle tire and the tire is hard as hell to get on and off but im going to try some babyu powder thanx again ttr 125 rider

Longer tire irons will not hurt the tube in any way. Do not bother with the baby powder. Follow the instructions below and it is impossible to pinch a tube. The whole trick is getting all the air out of the tube then putting the valve core back in. with no air in it the tube will lay down in the bottom of the tire and the worst meathead in the world could not pinch it.


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Tube Installation 101

1) Put 1st bead of tire on rim
2) Take valve core out of tube
3) Fold tube in 2 with valve at the far end
4) Start rolling tube so all air is forced out of tube
5) Once itís rolled re-install valve
6) Install tube in tire
7) Lift tire and give a couple of firm shakes (this makes the tube lay on the bottom of tire = no pinch)
8) Re-install top bead take small bites with tire lever, make sure lower bead is in drop center of wheel
9) Make sure balance dot is lined up with valve stem
10) When both beads are on remove valve again and air tire and release a couple of times to get tube to find its home
11) Air up one more time to seat bead
12) Re-install valve and air to specs
13) Make sure bead is even all around
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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Put a little bit of air in the tube, and lots of baby powder sprinkled on he tube. Expect to pinch a few before you get the hang of it.
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By far, THE MOST COMMON error is not getting the beads of the tire into the center well of the rim! You absolutely must "pinch" the tire all the way around the circumference as your moving to the last few inches of mount, to get the beads to the center of the rim.

True for both motorcycle, and bicycle tires....

Once you master this, you can change 90% of bicycle tires with no tire irons at all. Just remove/remount the tire/tube as a unit.

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I was taught to never pull the tire irons past 90 degrees from the rim. This helps to minimize the chance of a pinch flat.
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