How to Remove WW2 Tires

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How to Remove WW2 Tires

Post by dpcd67 » Thu May 23, 2019 10:48 am

This is one place where I do not use the TM method because the tires are always rusted to the wheels and the ring is always rusted to the wheel.
I cut the tires off with a sawzall and cut the steel bead with an angle grinder with a cut off wheel. Yes it smokes like crazy but I like the smell.
Pound off the ring while the rubber ring is still on.
Throw the bead lock away. I use rubber flaps even if I had enough rings, which I don't.
Then you can easily remove everything with little effort and no risk of bending the ring, which is actually easy to do.
The other pics are of an NDT 900x16 vs a Michelin 900x16. I might be creating a French WC63. Or I might not be. I got them because they were $100 and ride better and still look cool and military.
I have 1100x16s on my M37 and WM300 too.
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Re: How to Remove WW2 Tires

Post by junking » Tue May 28, 2019 7:25 am

Thanks for the info. I have a bunch of old tires to remove off original rims as well. Will give your method a try.

The tire you cut off looks better than a couple i have on one of my vehicals :-)
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Re: How to Remove WW2 Tires

Post by dpcd67 » Tue May 28, 2019 8:04 am

Looks good but they are very old and rotten/brittle. Ok for sitting but not for driving. Newest one was dated 62.
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Re: How to Remove WW2 Tires

Post by Tim Shanteler » Tue May 28, 2019 8:19 am

That's the method I ended up using and it's the best solution. I once used the backhoe on my Kubota B20 to try using the down pressure to pop them off. No matter what I tried with it, I couldn't get them to budge. Even when they were cut, I needed a tire slide hammer to break the bead. It felt like it was welded to the rim.
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Re: How to Remove WW2 Tires

Post by signsup » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:54 pm

The other benefit to cutting the tires off is you can cut them up into quarters or smaller pieces and put them in the trash bag and out they go. No tire disposal fee.
I, however, do not care for the smell itand it will be in your clothes and in your nose for days afterward.

I've got 9 7.50 x 20 to do for my G506 and I'm not looking forward to that week. Tires and tubes were over $3k and I've got three trucks and two Ben Hur trailers in the shop to do. Ouch!
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