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Hacksaw Tire Dismount!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Poolside, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Poolside

    Poolside Syndicated

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    <BR>If your tire are used up and you are changing them, here's another way to dismount them.
    And no, I don't own a KLR . . . yet :lol3

    The fine tooth blade cuts through the steel belts in about 10 seconds each. Cuts through a non steel belted tire carcass also in about 10 seconds.

    This thread is a companion to http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299597

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    Use a fine tooth blade, 32 Tooth Per Inch or better. It's surprising how quickly the blade cuts through.


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  2. RocketJ

    RocketJ Been here awhile

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    Also 32tpi
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  3. Poolside

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    <BR> :D I didn't have a 32tpi blade for my reciprocating saw, otherwise...

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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I tried that once, but ran into issues cutting near the rim. It got in the way. Did you do that on, ot off, the rim?

    Jim :brow
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  5. Poolside

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    Try it again man. Protect the wheel with a short piece of wood moulding.

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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I will, actually my mid 80's XT 200 needs tires. Combine removal like that, and straps to reinstall a new tube tire and it should be golden!

    I hate tube tires!:bluduh

    Jim :brow
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  7. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    if you want more control, and to cut out cute shapes into the tire use a dremel with the light switch or wall socket adapter\cutter. If it's cordless it's even easier. Similair tools include the rotozip and other small rotary tools.

    I have never done it myself, but the theory is sound. Just make sure you use carbide or some other stronger bit instead of the one designed to cut drywall or sheetrock.
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  8. Poolside

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    I have cut elastomer with a roto-zip. The risk of the cutter grabbing and binding in the rubber, and winding up tire cord and steel wire, is substantial.

    The cutter heats up and melts the rubber, and the tool leaves your hand. Things go pear-shaped in hurry with a high power roto-zip. My fingers were spared that time.

    Maybe try it yourself with a two-flute high-pitch bit in a 1/4HP tool. Reduce the risk for the experiment.

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  9. gman350

    gman350 Been here awhile

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    Kind of along the same lines, I cut old tires onto 4 pieces so they will fit in the trash (FWIW I called my trash hauler and that was their suggestion).

    I have tried using a recip saw with a metal-cutting blade. The problem with that is the tire flexes too much and moves with the blade. I have tried clamping it in a vise, using c-clamps, it's just a pain. The blade will zip right through all but the steel belt at the rim, I use a set of bolt cutters for that.

    A plain old hacksaw works fine. The easiest thing is a metal-cutting bandsaw.
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  10. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Has anybody tried using a cutting torch and then welding the rim back together?
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  11. Frank Warner

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    I've done it with a jig saw - metal blade .. forget the tpi.. took for ever to go through the bead .. think the wires were vibrating in the rubber rather than being cut .. metal fatigue set in and it ended as I intended - tyre in bin. Will try the hacksaw next time :lol3
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  12. GSWayne

    GSWayne Long timer Supporter

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    I am surprised how often I will kill myself trying to do something with a power tool that I could have actually done easier by hand.
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  13. johnjen

    johnjen Now, even more NOW!…

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    You could be the first!
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  14. Ben10

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    :lol3 ...nice. I actually prefer unscrewing the valve stem and using the torch to fill the tire with oxy/acetelyne, then I jam a lit non-filter cig in the stem and walk away. Since the tires explode outward the rim is spared. Mount the new tire while the rim is still warm.
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  15. hoyks

    hoyks Tightass KLR rider

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    I used an angle grinder to cut a section out of an aircraft tyre once. They have some really heavy duty wire rope around the bead.



    It didn't take long at all:D ....


    ..before the smoke detectors went off and the fire service turned up.:kboom
    Not my best idea .
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  16. AlfromMI

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    I also cut up my old tires into smaller pieces so they will easily fit into the garbage. I usually hide the pieces in the garbage just in case the trash hauler would get picky about carting away a tire, even in pieces. Out of sight, out of mine kind of thing. I use my Milwaukee circular saw with a carbide tipped blade to cut the tires, slices easily through the steel belts. There is a bit of rubber smoke and stink, so its best to do the cutting out on the driveway and out of the garage.
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  17. Ben10

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    I've used the same technique for bodies... picky garbage men, always judging me. :huh
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  18. beyondhelp

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    I tried the same thing on a few sets of tires. Until the saw bound, released and almost hit me in the leg :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1

    The hacksaw thing works for me when disposing of tires.
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  19. corsaconvertible

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    For real, or joking, or dangerous? - it sounds like the easy way to go.
    I'm using a tubeless aluminum wheel.
    How do you know when you have the right amount of oxy/acetylene?
    Have you ever used propane?
    Tony Hansen

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  20. *Gravy*

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    STOP! It's a funny :eek1
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