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Leola trikes recently tried to mount a car tire on the back of my triked 2009 400 and could not get it to seal/"pop". They said they even took it to a car repair place also but same result - a no go. Any ideas why no success this time ? Tire size of car tire was 165/65r-13 which is the same size of the last car tire I had put on.
 

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tomfelock said:
Leola trikes recently tried to mount a car tire on the back of my triked 2009 400 and could not get it to seal/"pop". They said they even took it to a car repair place also but same result - a no go. Any ideas why no success this time ? Tire size of car tire was 165/65r-13 which is the same size of the last car tire I had put on.
Hi,
On the 650 it sometimes takes up to 125 psi to get them to pop. I understand there are different techniques using lower pressures, be sure to use lots of lube, tire shoud be warm, pump up to seat bead pressure, let it sit in hot sun. It works but sometimes takes quite a bit of time. The first one I had put on was at a Firestone Dealer, he used lots of lube, lot's of patience, rotated tire and blew air on to the unseated portions of the bead, it took a good 20 minutes but was probably the safe way to do it.
Later, Jim
 

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Car tyres have various bead profiles. Was the new tyre the same as the old tyre? Some profiles will mount onto some wheels and others won't.

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Erik - 165 was the size of the last one that could be seated but with much difficulty and its also the size Danson - the maker of my trike kit - says to use.
 

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Ky jelly works great. used it many times. also works for sealing the beads on those hard to bead tires :lol: look at the date that the tire was made there will be a dot code on the tire and the last four numbers are the month and year of production. some of those tires that size are very old and the rubber very hard. tires should not be sold after they are 5 years old per R.M.A. (rubber manufactures of America) other than that as posted before let them set in the sun and get hot and make sure the bead on the rim is smooth. and good luck. have fought many tires that would not seat Land Rovers were about the worst but there tires would not loose a bead when running low tire pressure off road driving.
 
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