Wd40 used for Tire Changing - Bead Locks to Stop Slipping Tires

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  1. Twin-shocker

    Twin-shocker Long timer

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    Have found exactly the same thing................WD40 seems perfect for tyre fitting, with no downsides at all.
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  2. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    A friend suggested I try WD-40 to replace a throttle side grip, much to my amazement it worked perfectly (ie. no slip). Tried it on a rear tire on my KLR, and same thing-no problem.


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  3. JAB

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    Windex or even plain water works for me. Bead locks on a tire you air down do help, but I actually don't air down too far to avoid rock dings on the rim and pinch flats. If you think a bead lock is messing up the tire balance, break the bead and rotate the tire on the rim some. Cheap hair spray works good for installing grips.
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  4. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I popped the beads on an old 235-78/15 "rusted on the rim" tire last week. I don't think I could have done that without the Weedy-40. Even with the 7' 4"x6" bead breaker wasn't easy and no way I was using my good tire lube for that,I needed penetration.:D

    Two motorcycle tire irons and some Weedy, old van tire came right off the rim and went right back on. Reseating them beads with my old wimpy compressor also wasn't easy, took a little more Weedy and the ratchet strap.

    Roadside with a bike well.....I do carry a small can of Weedy for "other" emergencies,the good tire lube stays in the shop.:wink:
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  5. ohgood

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    Installed a sedona front on Friday with wd40. They're a bitch to seat the bead, key alone spoon on. My buddy has been teasing me forever to use wd40.

    I finally tried it. Then I rolled it in the dirt to make sure the excess was gone.

    Test ride on the road and 25 mph panic stop tests. It didn't slip on the rim, but I have a rim lock. It was a hard enough stop to lock the tire for 5-10 feet.

    After 130 miles of The Copper Penny Dual Sport Ride, there was no slippage. I mark valve stems for future tire changes.

    I'll be using it for tough to seat off road tires from now on.
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  6. OFA

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    Would you be confident enough to do that on the tread? I'll try it on an old tire bead in the shop in the few days.
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  7. ohgood

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    I did it today while cleaning up the engine...

    A good two or three shots with a garden sprayer full of WD was gone in two or three minutes.

    Then I went for a ride... Never felt it at all. No chicken strips.
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  8. Frankenfeejeer

    Frankenfeejeer NooB?

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    I've spent years in the tire business and can attest to how well WD-40 works for mounting tires. Not only does it provide a good lubrication for mounting/seating the tire properly, it provides rust resistance for the wheel which can cause larger problems further down the road. Even the aluminum wheels react to water and produce a type of "rust".

    I would never recommend any type of water based lubricant for this exact reason.

    Stick with the WD-40, by the gallon.
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  9. mjskier

    mjskier Been here awhile

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    Never tried WD40 or WIndex. I use Armorall.
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  10. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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    I have done hundreds of bike tires, ex bike mechanic. Everyone of them was done with tire irons, not a mounting machine. I have tried all conceivable mounting lubes imaginable. I use only WD-40 now. The tires mount easy and never had any slip a bit. (yes I do mark them)

    I typically go through three sets of tires a year so I am still changing a few. I have found that the tires I mount with WD actually stick to the rims tighter than anything else I have used. It is harder to break the bead too when it does come to replacement time.
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  11. jcmcc

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    I always use Windex but I'm thinkin I might just try lemon pledge next time, you know, to cut costs:rofl
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  12. OFA

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    Wow I guess I'm going to have to really look at this. I can't believe how many people have had great results. Strange that we haven't seen a single post from someone who had a bad experience using WD. That's gotta say something.
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  13. ohgood

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    Try it on an old tire, you'll be amazed
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  14. sati8d

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    You know - me too - I'm convinced to try it. It's good for so many other things too - this year I found out it kills carpenter bees - worked great! Great for a woman's headache at 10pm too!:rofl
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  15. veriest1

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    I tried wd40 for the first time a week ago. I used to change tires dry or use soap and water.

    With WD-40 and my ol' 8" tire irons it was easy peasy. Easily the easiest tire change I've done(especially on a tubeless tire). It was so easy I bought the smallest can of the stuff I could find to toss in my saddle bags.
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  16. Mambo Dave

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    I don't even believe in soap and water.

    Talc or baby powder all over the tube, then on the beads as a 'lube' for mounting. I was told that some pros apparently agree with me, but I haven't been to the pits lately to see them use it.
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  17. pelvis_98

    pelvis_98 Havin A Time

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    I use WD40 too.

    Small can of it is easy to carry on a trip.
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  18. trailer Rails

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    Sure. After the tire hits the pavement a time or two, any residue would be gone, there really is not much residue left after it dries.
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  19. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    WD40 is a terrible lubricant.

    It works great for REMOVING a lubricant. It will clean grease and oil off your hands. I spray oil stains on clothes with WD40 before they go in the washer. It works better than anything I have tried.

    I use WD 40 for cleaning greasy oily stuff and mounting tires.
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  20. CollinsB

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    Bet your wife just loves that! It works very well for mounting/removing tires. Much better than windex, pledge and soapy water.
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