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Setting a bead with FIRE !!!!!

popped a bead? mounted a new tire in the driveway? got to set that bead and you are not getting a seal worth crap? Use FIRE !!!!
YouTube - Setting the bead of a tire using FIRE !! (starting fluid)

Its a great thing to know how to do and can save your ass when in the backwoods.
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Best video write up yet. You Kickass Doc. Gonna pickup some starter fluid asap.
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thanks for doing this. ive always heard of people doing this but never saw it done or knew exactly how to do it.
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Good watch.
Everybody loves fire?

Are you sure?
I use a wrench on my beadlocks... it also works.

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Growing up on a farm, we always used fire to set beads. Just be sure not to use too much fluid.
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Damnit...need to find a spare rim that isn't bent...I wanna try that. And Doc, your swearing provided for 8 minutes of informing entertainment

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Ether works good for this! Just spray it in and toss the match.
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I have always had more luck with spraying the starter fluid on the inside of the tire, rather than around the bead. Good Job!

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Good watch.
Everybody loves fire?

Are you sure?
I use a wrench on my beadlocks... it also works.
It tells the time

I have double beadlock/HMMWV rims on the JK but I am just running bare 16.5's on the trailer. That was the trailers tire
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I watched a drunk old timer try to tech me this when I was like 14yo, and I swear to god, the 33" tire elivated approx 8-10' off the pavement! I laughed my ass off, he set his pants on fire too

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I watched a drunk old timer try to tech me this when I was like 14yo, and I swear to god, the 33" tire elivated approx 8-10' off the pavement! I laughed my ass off, he set his pants on fire too
ya, something with a good safety bead (the bump on the rim) and placing it right on the ground will jump them in the air real good

But dangerous !! dont do it DANGER DANGER !!!! kittens will die !!!





















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"Smack fire with bare hand when frustrated." Check.

Awesome vid/ how-to as usual, doc.

(That was almost G-rated compared to the others.)

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Cool video....I saw this on tv years ago on a documentary for some expedition in the South Pole(?).

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LMAO.

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Nice video. "everybody loves fire" lol

I've seen my dad do this a few times when changing tires at home but it's been years. Thanks for the refresher.

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Ether works good for this! Just spray it in and toss the match.
Yep, used to do this all of the time when I was a heavy equipment mechanic. Only way to really get beads seated those big tires.

That dude needs to learn how to toss matches and skip the lighter.


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I have always had more luck with spraying the starter fluid on the inside of the tire, rather than around the bead. Good Job!
That might pf helped ^

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Doc does Monty Python:

"Wait for it.......Damnit!"

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That might pf helped ^
ummm..I WAS spraying inside the tire. I was spraying into the gap between the rims and tire.

What "helped" was flipping the tire over. It could not jump the huge gap on that one side. first time I flipped the tire over it set just fine.
Those are some like 10" wide rims, they sucked ass to get the bead to set on all the rims. Setting it on like a 8" rim is easy, most times you can do it just by laying on the tire.
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Thanks Doc! This has to be your funniest one yet... but informative!

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LOL...awesome write up!

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Don't use gasoline! Explosive and vapor ball flashes back to include you in the flame. No I did not do it, just treated those who did. The bright red face, blistered nose, lack of eyelashes and eyebrows are not the look you want. Lucky for the two young men involved, they did not inhale when hit by the fireball.

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As for me, I'll stick with my strap and stop filling as soon as the bead sets, bleed air off, remove strap, and refill.

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Great write up as always Doc. Love the videos.




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great way to seat the bead, I always just pull the core as soon as it seats
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