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post #1 of 23 Old 09-01-2014, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Angry new tire bead won't seat

So i just installed new avon gripsters front and rear. Rear was no problem. Front went on just fine, but now i can't get the bead to seat on either side. There is a small section, maybe six inches or so, on both sides that are sticking down in the center of the rim. I have tried inflating and deflating several times. Pulled the valve core, broke the bead all the way around, hosed it all down with windex, same result. WTF?! If this happened out on the trail or something, i would have long since shrugged my shoulders and rode off and just hoped for the best. Ideas? Suggestions? Directions to the nearest liquor store?
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Try wiping a bit of dish soap on the tire bead and rim. How much pressure you using to get it to seat?

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I went up to about 40 lbs. Tire says 36 max load so I didn't want to go much higher than that. I am at work now so I won't be able to mess with it again until tomorrow.
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That's wild, I had a lot more trouble seating the rear than the front with my Gripsters. As klr4evr says, try some diluted dish soap on the bead, it seems to work much better than Windex. Windex can also have additives that corrodes the rim... Lol, ask me how I know that one!

I've also used a little more pressure to seat. Within reason though, you don't want to blow yourself up.

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Soap I probably gonna work but I have no issues taking pressures of 50+ lbs. to get the bead to seat. What compressor are you using? It helps if you remove the valve too and get that quick "blast" of pressure when seating.
Do a couple of wheelies and come down hard on the front end...
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It may be because I am using a cheapo harbor freight jump box/ air compressor thing. It doesn't build pressure very fast.
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I'd go up to 50 psi seating the bead no problem. After that few good smacks with a hammer (on the rubber) where it isn't seating might do the trick. As you were told above, a little dish soap will help. I always coat the tube with baby powder. Try some of that on the bead.

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I haven't tried the hammer thing yet. I did coat the tube with baby powder.
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Little more pressure and soap instead of Windex and you'll be golden!

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post #10 of 23 Old 09-01-2014, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. So tomorrow morning I'll try some diluted dish soap and take the pressure up to 50 if I have to. If all else fails, hit it with a hammer. (Why didn't I remember the hammer trick from my navy days? "If all else fails, get a bigger hammer." Lol )
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