What the hell do I need to soak the wheels in to get these old tires off of them???
Racerx336 said:What the hell do I need to soak the wheels in to get these old tires off of them???
Do you own a vice? The tires are rusted to the wheels. Take the tire and put it into a vice as close as you can to the rim and squeeze the sidewalls together and it usually breaks them free. You have to go around the tire and do this, but it works.
Or you can use 10 cans of PB blaster, or torch them. Oh, the good old days of restoring a CT that has been abused for years and years...
slickz50r said:" I'm gonna get me a couple of hard hitting *#@@$%&
with a pair of pliers and a blow torch"
Why the hell didn't I think of that? Good idea. I did primer and then apply some grease to the halves, but silicone is going on instead next time.3. MOST IMPORTANT! When assembling the rims, put a bead of silicon between the rim halves. Be generous. If you prevent water from getting in there in the first place, you wouldn't have the issue of rusty wheels.
fatcaaat said:I've tried every way possible and this is the best way to do it IMO. Take those wheels and pop them in a big vice...if you don't have a vice that big, go get one from Sears or Home Depot. It will set you back about $60 but it is well worth it.
I do this in combination actually. First, I take the tube out from the center. Then I break the bead in the vice and squirt wd40 in there really good all the way around. Then I let them sit over night.
Next day, I'll hit them again with the wd40 and put them back in the vice and break out my big heavy flathead screwdrivers. Sometimes I have to heat up the rim a little too...just depends on how bad a shape the halves are.
Here's some advice to keep you from having to do it ever again:
1. Powdercoat the rims (at least on the inside)
2. Apply silver anti seize on the inside of the bead on installation
3. MOST IMPORTANT! When assembling the rims, put a bead of silicon between the rim halves. Be generous. If you prevent water from getting in there in the first place, you wouldn't have the issue of rusty wheels.