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Post  no-one on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:09 am

I have an1800 VTX RS, I installed a hydroedge 205-70-15 with a tube. I have taken the pressure up to 105 PSI and I am unable to get the tire bead to seat. Put alot of soapy water, lubricant and even put the tire back on the back ran it up to the rev limiter in 5th gear 140 mph and tire still won't seat. Crying or Very sad Does anyone have any suggestions on what to try to get the tire bead to seat?
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Post  nodakbassmaster on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:12 am

ouch, that's a tough one! I don't know much else that you haven;t tried.... try to search for tire won't seat or something similar, I think the spoke rims are kinda more common for this and the 1300's seem to run into it more. That's about the extent of my knowledge. Sorry I can't be more help, good luck!

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Post  jedishon on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:41 am

Take it off the bike, run it up to 95-100psi and let it lay in the sun. If this heat doesn't pop it I don't know what will. Be VERY VERY careful. That kind of pressure can snap your arm like a twig.

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Just saw Smokeys reply to put 60psi in it. I will agree with that it's a lot safer.
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Post  RedTide on Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:16 pm

Have you tried running a strap around the tire while inflating? A friend just put on a new set of rear tires on his riding mower. Until he did the strap thing they would not seat either. Lawn mower tire side walls have no give to them at all.

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Post  quadancer on Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:46 am

Yeah, I think the strap changes the angle of the bead as it comes onto the rim, allowing it to "climb over" the edge instead of pressing against it.
I've even seen that done with tractor tires, but mostly motorcycles - English, to be exact.
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Post  TheWatcher on Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:21 pm

I like the strap idea, you said that you used soapy water on it.

Try using just straight Dish Washing Soap, don't dilute it with water.

Put it directly on the rim where the bead seats, once it does seat leave it out in the sun so it can get nice and hot and dry up.

If you have to do it that way don't crank on the throttle for a few days until it drys up really well.

You would be suprised how a rim can spin inside of a seated tire!!!!!!

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Post  nodakbassmaster on Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:15 am

once that soap dries it should stick that tire on good though! Twisted Evil

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Post  no-one on Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:34 pm

i tried a couple of different straps with no luck. I have purchased some 3M 5200 and i am going to seal the spokes and try again without the tube.
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Post  nodakbassmaster on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:35 pm

I applaud your persistence! Good luck with the sealing...

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