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Old 11-09-2009, 02:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sometimes those tire shops forget to clean the oxidation from the rim bead seating area. This will cause leaks, lead to underinflation, and eventually a blowout.

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Old 11-10-2009, 07:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I had heard of this dot thing...but didn't know the details. The Vivas did not take more weight than the Kumhos I had on the same wheels...and the Kumhos did not seem to need balancing up to 55 mph...though I did them anyway.

I learned how to mount and balance by watching the tire guys do it and trial and error...takes some muscle...but you need to keep the old thinking cap on at the same time.

You don't want to tear the bead up or stretch the cord at the rim.

Dropped the PSI to 40...waiting for those blowouts.

Also waiting to see if I have any bead leaks...so far so good.


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about mounting tires yourself is that you can do it properly. Most people don't realize that tires and wheels can not be made perfectly round. Manufacurers have agreed to make the low spot of the wheel at the valve stem, and the high spot of the tire will be marked with a dot. If you align the dot and the valve hole you get an almost perfectly round unit.

Properly aligned tire/wheel units last longer, run cooler and longer, and require less weight to balance.
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Sometimes those tire shops forget to clean the oxidation from the rim bead seating area. This will cause leaks, lead to underinflation, and eventually a blowout.
The Escort steel wheels these were put on had a certain amount of rust and roughness...decided not to try sanding...since my one experience trying this was not good. I just clean them up using a dish washing scrubber and use NAPAs blue goo when mounting. If I have a bead leak...I can mark the place...break the bead and apply some non hardening gasket goop to that area.

Some use axle grease if they have problems...but if you ever have a tire spin on the rim...you are SOL.
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I like these tires (I installed 4 used ones)...but had one develop a sidewall bulge...and so replaced it with another brand of used tire.

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