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I bought new polaris aluminum rims and tires, wanted to know any tips or tricks on mounting to aluminum rims as I don't want to damage them. I was considering rim protectors when using the tire irons.

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I dunno, some guys at those tire stores do more harm than good.
With a lil tire lube, and since you have new tires, they usually mount quite easily.
 

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Getting them on the rim is easy. Getting the beads to seat is the hard pqrt

^^^ True. ^^^

I'm sure we all know the ether starting fluid method. If not...do a quick YouTube search...and you will see what I mean.

IMHO...a tire shop should charge $5 or $7 per tire...well worth it.


Good luck!!

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Well I changed out 8 tires on aluminum rims, just took my time and everything went well. The only problem I have is I can't get 2 front tires to bead, tried the ratchet strap but it would not spread the bead out enough and I don't have access to a bead blaster. I saw the video using starting fluid, is this fairly safe? How many have done this? and how much do you use?
 

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If you have a compressor or friend with a large one, run a hose with no valve or regulator straight to tire and should be enough to seat the bead, also use good lube on the rim and bead
 

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The only thing I would worry about the starting fluid is that its a aluminum rim. Ive heard stories of people using starting fluid and taking a chunk out of the bead area when it seats. On my tires the guys used a crap load of lube and pulled the core out of the stem. Still had to get them up to around 40-50 psi to seat.
 

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I wipe the tire bead and rim seat with WD-40. Only on rare occasions was it difficult. At that point I would pull the valve core out of the stem and use a pointed tip on my air hose. Crank the hose psi to max and it would finally pop on.
 
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