Hey guys ! Hope everyones wintering well , springs just around the corner !! Working on my dads tt with him and we are trying to mount the front tires on the rims , we have the rim spreader tool but cannot seem to get the two ends of the rim together enough to get the latch in the seat no matter which position the tool is in , I figured that before we did any damage to the tire or rim , Id ask the guys who know if theres a trick to it to make it work ? Dad took a chunk outta his hand with a screwdriver trying to make the ends go together so figured wed stop there for tonight . Any help is appreciated , thanks !!
Travis, try the rim jack in a couple different positions. Sometimes one way does not work for one rim but, it does for another. You could also cut out two pieces of wood that are rounded on one side to match the rim. You lay one piece on one side of the split then lay the other piece on the other side. Then you use a jack to push the two boards apart thus spreading the rim. What ever you do, do not crank the rim out too far or you may kink it. Here is a thread that shows a few different methods that I've used successfully.
My father would use a model T screw type jack and jack against the lugs on either side of the split to expand and then latch the rim. I've mounted 6 tires using this technique. Just don't over do. respectfully, jb
Several years back I was having similar problems and posted a photo of my set-up. One of our posters sent back a drawing over my photo with the following tip on the spreader set-up.
Many thanks to him. It works. Sorry I don't remember his name.
Others may have a better suggestion.
It helps to heat the tires up so as to make them a bit more flexible.
Use a bigger hammer!!!!
Got it !! Thanks , the ford jack between the lugs works the best !!